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Cahir Abbey Celebrations

Sunday last started off with 11.30 mass been celebrated by Fr Dempsey and Bishop Alphonsis Cullinane and assisted by Fr Pat Butler, PP Clogheen. This mass was a combination of Tradfest, Tidy Towns and Cahir Historical Society. Over 60 musicians played for the congregation and it's fair to say it has been a while since the church was as full.

After a lovely ceremony the focus of attention switched to Cahir Abbey where last minute Marques and Gazebos were erected due to the deterioration in the weather. Local councillor Andy Moloney introduced Bishop Cullinane , Mayor of the Borough, Cllr Pat English along with the Mayor of Putnam to the attendance which included Cllrs Martin Lonergan, Cllr Ambrose, Cllr Murphy, Cllr Molloy and Cllr Smith. Also in attendance was Deputy Mcgrath and Reverend Fathers Butler, Dempsey and Littleton.

A history of the Abbey was ably communicated by Eleanor Morrissey and history of the surrounds by Joe Welsh. Bishop Cullinane blessed the works and complimented the workmanship of Kenna, TUS , STDC, Tidy Towns and corbett concrete for their efforts in resurrecting the Cemetery.

The guests then moved to the Inch Field where the Dempsey Family planted a tree in memory of Governor Dempsey who was born in 1915 in Blind Street.

The Bishop then did a tour of the Swiss Cottage and the evening was finished off with the presentation of the Seanie Cunningham cup at the Tradfest Festival.

In thanking the festival committee Cllr Moloney said that it was a very successful event and thanked the committee and musicians involved over the weekend and singled out Michael and Mary Harty for their contribution to traditional music in Cahir and the weekend overall.

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