On Saturday 24th July, “Found Links”, a unique fun event suitable for all age groups, will take place in Cahir in the Castle Street Car Park, near the Inch Field, from 9.30am until 4pm, bringing together traditions in music, print, storytelling and the joys of walking and exploring our own beautiful Tipperary landscapes.
The Cahir event celebrates two unique walks associated with the
town - St Declan's Way, established as a pilgrim route in the fifth century and
now relaunched as a modern walking route, linking the ancient ecclesiastical
centre of Ardmore in Co Waterford and passing through Cahir on route to Cashel.
The second - the Daughters of Dún Iascaigh walk complete with 24 plaques
- follows a route around the town of Cahir, including Cahir Park and the
Swiss Cottage, which was established in March of this year by the Cahir Women's
History Group to commemorate International Women's Day and to celebrate the
contribution women have made to the town over the centuries.
Aoife Barrett of Found Links said, “Everyone is welcome! Come
along at any stage to this free pop-up event. Hand-print your own
broadside ballad or locally inspired postcards. Take part in the sound hunt
activity to record the different sounds on the
local trails while enjoying live music, guided walks and more. Give
a big cheer to Knockmealdown Active and the pilgrim
way walkers and, who will be returning back to Cahir
from Cashel during the afternoon to mark the modern launch of St Declan's Way!
Walk in the footsteps of the Daughters of Dún Iascaigh tour around the town!
Our event will take place in the shadow of Cahir Castle and against the lively
backdrop of the weekly Cahir Farmer's market.”
Davis, also of Found Links added, “This all about
rediscovering our local landscape and capturing the long standing
connection between music, place and identity throughout Tipperary. We hope
Cahir is the first of several event locations throughout the county. Over the
next few months, we will be sharing a number of walks and trails that can be
accessed from TFI Local Link Tipperary bus
Apart from the cultural aspect, this project seeks to connect
people in different parts of the county and encourage healthy exercise. Over
time, it is hoped Found Links will engage local
communities, help attract additional
visitors and generate incremental tourism for our towns.
The project has received funding as part of the Creative Ireland
programme with support from Tipperary County Council. Found Links works in
collaboration with TFI Local Link Tipperary staff, passengers, local community
and hillwalking groups.