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Cahir Notes

Published 4 months ago 25th September 2021 by Paul Lafford

Cahir Gardai, Garda Moloney and Garda McGuinness organised a bicycle skills morning in conjunction with Tipperary County Council on Saturday morning last. There was a great turn out among children, as they were advised on road safety, how to ride their bikes properly and most important of all, how to ride safely. 

Since the pandemic arrived, there has been a huge surge in the popularity of cycling, with the Blueway in Clonmel and the Greenway in Dungarvan proving very popular with families and tourists alike.

Further greenways are being built in Middleton, Co Cork, Limerick and in Fenit, County Kerry. One issue remains however, with parents still reluctant to allow their children to cycle unaccompanied on public roads. While Cahir has an alleged cycling infrastructure, it’s poorly maintained, overall not particularly fit for purpose and is used as a parking place for many people.

Only this weekend, former professional cyclist, Chris Anker Sorensen was killed in Flanders, Belgium, while riding his bike, bringing road safety back into the headlines, for all the wrong reasons.

Gardai and road safety advocates continuously urge people to be careful on the roads, to please watch their speed and to never, drink and drive. Only this weekend, Cahir Gardai detected two motorists on the M8 motorway travelling at speeds of 190 and 189 km respectively.

All the students are happy to be back at school in Colaiste and we wish them all the very best. The staff at the school have worked tirelessly to ensure a safe return for everybody.

The transition year students have lots to keep them occupied and as a parent of one, it’s incredible to see the range of activities available to them.

Some of the students are doing interior design, there’s a school garden project, children have an opportunity to do their own podcast, there’s journalism and art.

One of the best ideas I’ve heard is the opportunity for the students to study their driver theory, giving them a grasp of what it entails before they sit behind the wheel for real. Many countries consider a driving licence as an important qualification and include the actual driving test as part of the school graduation policy, so well done to Colaiste on this initiative.

An Taoiseach Micheal Martin visited Ardfinnan last weekend, to view the ongoing issue with the bridge in the village. Mr Martin was greeted by local elected representatives, who outlined the scale of the problem.

The bridge, which is on the record of monuments and is recorded on the national inventory of architectural heritage, has been reduced to one way traffic with some years now, due to safety issues.

People in the village have organised protests and have pleaded with the authorities to oversee the work needed, so the bridge can be returned to two way traffic, making it safer for pedestrians and motorists alike.

Ardfinnan is a busy village, particularly at harvest time and has a school and a vibrant ensure a safe return for everybody.

The transition year students have lots to keep them occupied and as a parent of one, it’s incredible to see the range of activities available to them.

Some of the students are doing interior design, there’s a school garden project, children have an opportunity to do their own podcast, there’s journalism and art.

One of the best ideas I’ve heard is the opportunity for the students to study their driver theory, giving them a grasp of what it entails before they sit behind the wheel for real. Many countries consider a driving licence as an important qualification and include the actual driving

test as part of the school graduation policy, so well done to Colaiste on this initiative.

An Taoiseach Micheal Martin visited Ardfinnan last weekend, to view the ongoing issue with the bridge in the village. Mr Martin was greeted by local elected representatives, who outlined the scale of the problem.

The bridge, which is on the record of monuments and is recorded on the national inventory of architectural heritage, has been reduced to one way traffic with some years now, due to safety issues.

People in the village have organised protests and have pleaded with the authorities to oversee the work needed, so the bridge can be returned to two way traffic, making it safer for pedestrians and motorists alike.

Ardfinnan is a busy village, particularly at harvest time and has a school and a vibrant community.

Local people have strongly spoken of their annoyance at the ongoing reluctance by the authorities to make the necessary funding available for whatever remedial works are necessary. Councillor Michael Anglim says he is confident that funding can be will be made available following the visit.

Local lads Johnny B O’Brien and Johnny Smacks McMahon, aka The 2 Johnnies, are in the news again, following the release of their single “Noel’s Creamy Pints”.

The two lads are quickly becoming one of the most popular comedy duos on the entertainment circuit and their weekly social media videos are incredibly popular. They have created their own characters, such as Noel Furlong and Paddy Fong.

They regularly interview other characters from the Irish entertainment scene, but to people in Cahir, they’re just the two lads, who regularly take the field in GAA matches and enjoy the local hospitality.

As always, we wish the two lads continued success in their careers and with events slowly becoming more regular following the easing of restrictions, the only way is up.

You can download Noel’s Creamy Pints on Spotify and Apple Music.

And finally, a few quick stories from around the community for this week.

Well done to Poulmucka man Noel Howley, on winning the 3 furrow conventional plough class junior, at this years championships which were held at Rathaniska in County Laois.

Cahir has been included in the funding for concerts in the county. The Irish Chamber Orchestra will perform at Cahir Castle on Sunday next, September 26th, with special guests the Rockwell Music Academy.

Tickets are free from universe.com/ castleconvcerts. The doors open at 4.30, the show begins at 5 and the curfew is 7pm.

The Cahir Comhaltas Tradfest was a huge success over the weekend. There was plenty of music played, with performances at the Cahir Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning, the Swiss Cottage and plenty seisuins enjoyed.

There were lots of photographs of Cahir, looking splendid in the Autumn sunshine, on social media.

So, well done to everybody, it’s so heartening to see people around again and the sounds of music.

There will be traffic restrictions in Ballylooby between now and Thursday, to facilitate roadsurfacing.
Car fanatics took to the overpasses around Cahir over the weekend, to catch a glimpse of the supercars involved in the Cannonball Run. The cars were enroute from Lapps Quay in Cork, to Malahide Castle in Dublin.

The Cannonball Run came to Cahir on two previous occasions, 2014 and 2015.

And finally this week, the Cahir Castle Honda Run takes place this coming Sunday. The cavalcade of Step Thru and Classic bikes will depart from the Woodview Service Station on the Mitchelstown Road at 11am sharp.

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