The Swiss Cottage will open on the 2nd April this coming season and not on the 17th March as had been campaigned for by the Cahir Tidy Towns Group. This is one of the hidden gems of Tipperary and the site is of a great economic benefit to the town but is not utilized as it should be. Chairman of the Group , Andy Moloney has been looking for a reprieve for the traditional opening date of March 17th but this is not to be the case.
Minister Brain Hayes pointed out this week that the cost of Security, Heating and wages have to come into consideration and has suggested that it be opened by volunteers in the interim period from 17th March to 2nd April. Mr Moloney disputes all his statistics as the Swiss Cottage has to be heated and needs security 24/7 and when we take the cost of wages less social welfare currently been paid for the staff and less admission fees we are only talking buttons. He would also be reducing his live register in doing so.
In the reply from the Minister he said that they are currently looking at all sites Nationally as to their viability and is looking for the ?Friends of Irish Heritage? to get involved in running more sites on a voluntary basis. Surely the cost of turning the heritage sites green would have paid for the opening.
In order for the Swiss to generate more revenue we will need to be proactive and not fall foul of the Ministers axe in future years. He has called on the council to erect decent Picture signs in the Castle Car Park and approach roads and help the Swiss and the Town in general as we have made huge strides in selling Cahir Town in recent years in Tourist number but sadly lack the pulling power of large industries like Clonmel.
The Bottom line is that Cahir needs the Swiss Cottage and Tourist Office open longer to reap the economic benefits going forward according to Mr Moloney.