The Town of Cahir and Cahir Castle, Ireland

Our next adventure for this day was to stop in the beautiful town of Cahir. Close your eyes and imagine the colorful pubs and the other stone buildings that lined the streets.  For much of its history, the town has been influenced by the Butler family. It was from this family that the first Barons of Cahir were created. The town was known for much of its history as being a defense town.

Cahir Castle, which is situated on a small island in the River Suir, is the town’s main tourist attraction.  It is one of the largest ancient castles in Ireland and was built in County Tipperary in 1142.  Standing tall, the castle appears to grow out of the rock. Now situated in the town center, Cahir Castle is well preserved and has a guided tour and audiovisual show in multiple languages. The castle tour will take you down spiral staircases as well as into the deep dark prison dungeons. It is one of the best-preserved standing castles of Ireland. In 1375, the castle was granted to James Butler, newly created Baron of Cahir, for his loyalty to Edward III. In 1961 the last Lord Cahir died, and the castle reverted to the state.

We spent most of our time wandering the castle grounds, but we did take a brief walk in the town center. The geese and goslings on the castle grounds where a hit as the crowd watched them drop from the foliage where they nested along the wall into the cast moat. Dan got the best sequence of the babies entering the water so I have included them here. To see Dan’s post of this site, click here.

I hope you enjoyed this leg of the trip; I will see you at our next stop! Until then, I am sending peace and love to each and everyone of you.