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Cllr Moloney launches new Woodland Walk

The lastest addition to Cahir Towns amenities was unveiled this weekend.

Cllr Andy Moloney welcomed the attendance of several hundred to the castle car park to launch the new Woodland Walk.

The brainchild of the local councillor to start projects to enhance Cahir over the past 5 years has finally created an extension to the town park which started with a Memorial Garden, St Declan's Grove, Lady Walpoles Canal renovations, opening of the Ice House, the Suir Blueway, a fairy Trail and now the latest addition of a woodland walk.

In his address to the gathering he thanked the Tidy Towns committee who came behind him on every project. The aim of these projects was to create a better living environment and establish Cahir as a serious Tourism hub. We have achieved a lot in the past 5 years and all projects are supported by local people through raffles, contributions , church gates and grants from various bodies.

Working with the council we can do a lot more he said and we must now turn our attention to St Paul's Garden that was hit by drought last year and will be corrected in the coming weeks.

Speaking on the current unveiling, he thanked the Seamus Conway and Gerry Niland who spent a lot of time introducing the Fairies to the trail, STDC, HSK landscaping, tipperary coco, Creative Ireland and Philip Quinn.

Sara Bourke from South Tipp Development CLG addressed the crowd said that the latest Walk was a showcase for others to see what a community can do with their help as LEADER gave 75% funding to the project. She said that the woodland walk included 750 biodiversity plants and 100 semi mature trees that may not have the full effect for a few years and will benefits generations to come.

Pj o Meara gave a brief account of the history of the area and the CJ Kickham Brass Band played to the delight of the crowd before and after the opening.

This route is now part of the St Declan's Way Camino Walk from Cashel to Ardmore so all the projects are tying into an overall plan.

The Children got great enjoyment from Moloneys Mobile Farm which was set up for the day and the Tidy Towns Committee treated people to a some refreshments as part of the national Street Festival.

In conclusion, Councillor Moloney was joined by Breda Gallagher to cut the ribbon and officially open the new trail.