Each year, upwards of 250,000 people visit the Rock of Cashel. Whilst this is very welcome there is a sense that only a small proportion of these visitors get to experience all that the beautiful town of Cashel has to offer.
South Tipperary Development Company is piloting a project through its Tús Programme in collaboration with Cashel Chamber of Commerce and Cashel Heritage Centre. The project is based around having a person in place at the Rock, meeting and greeting visitors, providing them with information and encouraging them to venture further down into the town. An email address Cashelwhatson@gmail.com has been set up for daily use by traders and the community to inform the project of anything that’s happening that would be of interest to a visitor to the town on any given day of the week – from the St. Patricks Brass Band practising on the Plaza… to a good hurling match in the field …..music gig in the pub... an exhibition in Cashel Library... the style on the Plaza on the evening of the Debs!
Through the generosity of Breda Stroms of Mikey Ryans Pub, Main Street the project has been given a traditional butchers bicycle which has been fully restored by STDC with the help of Patrick McInerney and will provide a very visible and attractive focal point for the project at the Rock on which to display promotional material for any event in town commercial, sporting or social. Monies for the restoration of the bicycle were donated by the Brian Boru and a number of other traders.
There is already great energy and enthusiasm for this project in the town and we hope that this will grow over the coming weeks. Each and every trader in the town is invited to be part of the project which will promote the town.
As mentioned this is a pilot project and it will be monitored and evaluated over the pilot phase. South Tipperary Development Company will be keeping in touch with the community and the traders for support, feedback and constructive suggestions to make the pilot as successful as possible. If successful, there is no reason at this moment in time why the project could not be continued into the future and expanded upon.
If you would like further information or have some good suggestions for us please contact South Tipperary Development Company – Phil Shanahan or Richard Woods at 052-7442652, or firstname.lastname@example.org