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  • Day4

    Cahir Castle

    August 16, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Ein willkommener Unterschlupf bei Regenwetter auf der Strecke von Carlow nach Cork ist das Cahir Castle.

    Es war der Sitz der mächtigen Familie Butler, der wir schon in Kilkenny begegnet sind. Eine audiovisuelle Präsentation in deutsch erklärte uns, auf was wir unsere besondere Aufmerksamkeit lenken sollen.

    Das Castle behielt ihren beeindruckenden Burgfried, den Turm, sowie viele
    ursprüngliche Verteidigungspunkte bis heute bei.

    Die Burg von Cahir ist eine der größten und am besten erhaltenen Burgen Irlands, die sich auf einer Felseninsel im Fluss Suir befindet. Die Besichtigung in gebückter Haltung enge Steintreppen hinauf und hinab zur Latrine, dem
    Mörderloch und dem Brunnenturm bereiteten uns eine kurzweilige Stunde.
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  • Day4

    A Cottage Orné in Cahir

    June 22, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

    That is how the style of the Swiss Cottage in Cahir is described ... Cottage Orné (or, in English, ornamental cottage). It is an example of a building in the Regency picturesque style.

    Dating back to the early 1800s, it was at this pastoral retreat that the Butler family played at being peasants. The furnishings inside the cottage, however, are a clear indication that they had no idea what peasant life was really like.

    The only way to see the interior of the cottage is by taking an OPW tour — which was covered by our Heritage Card. Our guide was great. In addition to telling us vivid stories that brought alive what life back in the day was like, she pointed out the mis-matched elements of architecture, explaining that this was done on purpose to mimic nature ... where nothing is perfect.

    P.S. No photos allowed inside, so I purchased some postcards to scan.
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  • Day4

    Lunch Time!

    June 22, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

    Taking the footpath from the Swiss Cottage back into Cahir, we headed off to find a place for a late lunch before getting on the road again.

    We like to ask the locals for restaurant recommendations. Most of the time, they steer us right. This time the result was so-so ... perhaps because we were at the restaurant at an off-hour.

    It wasn’t that the food at Galileo Café was particularly bad. No. It just wasn’t as good as the meals we’ve enjoyed these past few days.
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  • Day4

    Cahir Castle: Stone Fort of the Fish

    June 22, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    Down the road about 15 minutes from the Rock of Cashel and Hore Abbey, is Cahir Castle ... in the town of Cahir.

    The 12th century castle is situated where once a 3rd century fort by the name of Cathair stood. Cathair, from which Cahir Castle’s name is derived, means “the stone fort of the fish.”

    Built along the River Suir, this well-preserved castle is a photogenic subject for the camera. Which is why, I wanted to stop here. That the sun came out as we were parking the car, added to our pleasure in what our eyes beheld.

    I had read that there wasn’t much to see inside. So, initially, we weren’t planning to tour the castle. But since the admission was included in our OPW Heritage Card, we figured we’d take a quick look see before moving on with the rest of our plans for the day.

    P.S. We’ve already used up most of our initial €30/person outlay for the OPW Heritage Card. We’ve only got €7/person left before we break even. This is just day 3 of our 15-day driving trip. I think I can safely say that buying the card was a good deal.
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  • Day4

    Inch Field Sculpture Trail

    June 22, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

    As we walked along the River Suir to begin the trek to our next destination, we came upon a big expanse of lush green space. A nearby sign identified the area as Inch Field.

    Following the lilting sounds of a violin, we went over to check out the park where locals were taking advantage of the beautiful day ... playing ball, picnicking, or simply sitting around and chatting. As for the violin player? He was serenading a collection of dolls and puppets!

    One of the highlights of Inch Field is a trail along which one can find sculptures carved out of trees. Turns out that when some of the trees were damaged during a storm a few years ago, it was decided that they should live on in the form of carvings.

    I didn’t get many photos of the sculptures because people were sitting around the more interesting ones and I didn’t want to intrude. But there was a bonus for detouring into the park ... the best view of Cahir Castle!
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  • Day4

    Fairy Doors and More

    June 22, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

    There are two ways to get from Cahir Castle to the Swiss Cottage, our next destination. You can drive. Or you can walk. We chose the latter option.

    The approximately 2.5-mile R/T path is flat and easy enough to walk. It passes through a forest ... peaceful and quiet. Perfect on a warm June day.

    At the head of the trail, we came across a few sculptures carved out of tree trunks and boughs. What was most interesting, however, were the “fairy doors” we found along the way. Some were just placed at the base of trees, but in a few areas, there were entire “apartment complexes.” Apparently some of these miniature doors have a small space behind where people can leave notes or wishes for the fairies.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Cahir, Caher, Кеър, An Chathair, Кэр