Welcome to the Cahir Social and Historical Society website. It should be of service to anyone who has an interest in the history of the Heritage Town of Cahir, in South Tipperary, and its surrounding District.
Our Society was founded in 1996.  Aside from activities such as lectures, conferences and field trips, the CSHS has established an archive and acted as an advocate for the preservation of the area's heritage.
Our Management Committee determines and organises the Society’s programme of events.

Ulysses 100: Bloomsday at The Castle

Cahir Social and Historical Society hosted "Ulysses 100: Bloomsday at The Castle" in the Great Hall of Cahir Castle on Thursday, 16th June, 2022. Dr. Josh Newman(TCD) gave an overview of the greatest novel of the 20th century, Rockwell Music Academy performed a number of songs associated with the work of James Joyce and local actors read selected extracts from "Ulysses". Patrons were invited to dress in period costume. This event was supported by Creative Ireland.

"Troubled Cahir, 1919-1921"

Coinciding with the 100-year anniversary of the Truce declared with Britain which ended the War of Independence, the Cahir Social & Historical Society saw its latest publication launched by Dr Des Murnane, President of the Tipperary Historical Society on Saturday, July 10th, 2021.
Written by P.J. O'Meara and Liam Roche, "Troubled Cahir 1919-1921" provides an understanding of the history of Cahir town and its immediate hinterland during the War of Independence, with a particular focus on the role played by the Cahir and Tincurry Companies of the 6th Battalion (Cahir), 3rd Tipperary Brigade of the IRA.
The booklets went on sale at the launch, and although supply is limited, more stocks are expected in the near future. Artefacts from the era were also on display at the event, giving more of an insight into life at the time. The booklet costs €5. For more information contact the Cahir Social and Historical Society on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Cahir-Social-and-Historical-Society-1763787913631490

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Dr Des Murnane launching "Troubled Cahir, 1919-1921", written by P.J. O'Meara and Liam Roche

"A Life for a Life"

Cahir Social and Historical Society has produced a series of videos called "A Life for a Life" which marks the centenary of a tragic, local chapter from the War of Independence. Covid-19 restrictions were followed during the production of the series.  Some characters are fictional and have been created for dramatic effect.
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The Archaeology of the Burren and the Great Famine

This lecture was given by Maggie Ronayne, on the "Archaeology of the Great Famine in the Burren". A native of Cahir(Grangemore), Maggie lectures in archaeology at the National University of Ireland Galway. Her talk was based on the findings of the community project she developed around Ballyvaughan in Co. Clare.

Daughters of Dún Iascaigh

Daughters of Dun Iascaigh

Unique Community Initiative in Cahir Celebrates International Women’s Day

The people of the town of Cahir woke up to a surprise installation on the morning of 8 March 2021. In a unique community initiative, compliant with COVID-19 restrictions and supported by Tipperary County Council and Cahir Social and Historical Society, Cahir celebrated International Women’s Day.
By stealth and under cover of darkness the previous night, the Daughters of Dún Iascaigh, a small team of local women, who were dressed in Cumann na mBan uniforms and other costumes of the period, secretly erected 24 temporary plaques at key locations to acknowledge the contribution women have made to the town and surrounding area over the centuries. This project received funding as part of the Tipperary Commemorations programme with funding from Tipperary County Council and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
Featuring the work of celebrated Irish artist, Alice Maher, a native of Cahir, the plaques commemorate a diverse group of trailblazing women, ranging from the first female councillor in County Tipperary to a rebel nun, a socialist, a war time nurse, a suffragette, a war victim, a single mother, an actress and an artist. Badamair, the first lady of Cahir; the women of the Famine; ordinary mothers, who struggled to bring up their children; the unwed, pregnant women who were sent to Mother and Baby Homes, and those who participated in the Land League, Cumann na mBan and the Anti-Conscription Movement are also remembered. This community outreach follows the success of the 2018 Tipperary Book of the Year, “Daughters of Dún Iascaigh: A Light on the History of Cahir Women”, which was published to mark the centenary of the first election in which some women were allowed to vote.
Councillor Marie Murphy was present to erect the plaque to Marian Tobin, the first woman councillor in Tipperary and one of just 43 from across Ireland, who succeeded in being elected in 1920, just two years after women were granted the right to vote. She said, “Young girls need to be inspired by positive female role models. To be truly representative, we need to encourage more women to follow in the steps of Marian Tobin and take public office at both local and national level. Ireland still has the tenth lowest representation of women in parliament in Europe and are under-represented in the Dáil. I am honoured to represent the people of this community and commend the women behind this important initiative.”
Representing Daughters of Dún Iascaigh, who planned and managed the project, Jo O’Neill, said, “It is important that we remember and celebrate these extraordinary women who shaped Cahir. For too long, they have been forgotten. We are now reclaiming and rewriting the history of our town, plaque by plaque. The centuries may divide us but we have much in common – these women also knew pandemics, wars, love, pain and loss and yet they prevailed. This is an important message of hope during these current times.”
Another member of the group, Annette  Condon, grand-niece of Marian Tobin said, “Having a different walking loop will provide a new focal point for the people of the town. The walking tour route will be prominently displayed in a number of key locations in the town for people living within the 5km limit. Others – outside the 5km limit as well as people from Cahir abroad – can access the tour virtually via an online map, read more information about each plaque and in many cases, listen to audio. While the plaques are temporary, we hope that the County Council will consider erecting permanent memorials in due course. Apart from encouraging healthy exercise, we believe that post COVID, this could provide a new attraction in the town for local people and tourists alike.”
Her colleague, Mary Caulfield said, “We have all lived through a tough year and wanted to provide some cheer to the local community. We loved the idea that the people of the town would wake up to something new to see and talk about. We wore costumes to add a sense of fun to the occasion and also to remember the brave women of the past. We gratefully acknowledge the support of Tipperary County Council, Councillor Marie Murphy and Cahir Social and Historical Society. A very special word of thanks to the local Gardai, particularly Sgt. Ray Moloney and Garda Jenny Gough, who were hugely supportive of this community initiative and who have asked that people continue to adhere to the 5km until such time as restrictions are eased. We were also fortunate to have the support of local historians.”
Olivia Lynch, who coordinated the socially distanced installation of the plaques, added, “We want to acknowledge all the people, who live or run businesses in the locations, where the plaques have been erected. We are grateful for their cooperation in granting us permission and keeping our secret. Kudos also to our installation crew and all who helped us with costumes and audio recordings. Everyone was thrilled to be involved.”
People are reminded not to congregate at the site of the maps or plaques and to follow physical social distancing and all other COVID-related precautions at all times.
View the online tour.

Talk on Cahir Electric Supply Company

P.J. O'Meara gave a talk on Thursday, February 11th on Cahir Electric Supply Company 1920-1933. This presentation covers a very interesting period of history in Cahir.

Cheque Presentation to St. Theresa's Hospital, Clogheen

Cheque presentation

Cahir Social and Historical Society presenting a cheque for €1,700 to Anne Walsh of St. Theresa's Hospital, Clogheen.  This donation came from the proceeds of Liam Roche's book on Cathal of Shanrahan, "The Shipwrecked Saint".  Great work, Mr. Roche!!!

The Forgotten Lives of the Women of Cahir

The Forgotten Lives of the Women of Cahir: Irish History Podcast.
The lives of three previously forgotten Irish women - a revolutionary, a nun and a rebel.

"United States Election 2020: A Post Mortem."

Dr. Anthony O'Halloran gave an online lecture titled "United States Election 2020: A Post Mortem" on the Society's Facebook page on November 22nd. This presentation should be of great interest to anyone who followed the recent elections in the United States.

The two lectures which Dr. O'Halloran gave in advance of the election can still be seen here.

"Bloody Sunday; Witnesses and Victims"

To mark the centenary of this tragic event, Cahir Social and Historical Society hosted an online lecture by Enda O'Sullivan on "Bloody Sunday: Witnesses and Victims". Enda is the secretary of the Tipperary GAA County Board's "Bloody Sunday" Commemoration Committee. He is also a grandson of a legendary Cahir historian, the late Timmy Looney, Pearse Street.
The lecture can be seen here.

"The Shipwrecked Saint"

Our very own Liam Roche has published "The Shipwrecked Saint".  Please support, all proceeds will go to St. Theresa's Hospital in Clogheen.  Available from Browne's Supermarket, Valley Fruit 'n' Veg, Clogheen and The Post Office, The Heritage and the Parish Office, Cahir.  Thank you all for your support.

"The Curiosities of Cahir"

We have made a video series called "The Curiosities of Cahir" - a virtual tour of Cahir which showcases various locations and their history in our beautiful town. All the videos in the series can be seen on the Curiosities of Cahir page.

Recent Lecture, "The Shipwrecked Saint", Thursday, 5th March

Local historian Liam Roche gave a lecture on "The Shipwrecked Saint: How Cathal of Shanrahan became St. Cataldo of Taranto" to a very interested and interactive audience on Thursday March 5th, 2020. Liam's in-depth research into this topic was evident in the information and photographs that he presented on the night. His research also extended to a trip to Taranto, information from which added greatly to Liam's presentation. Huge thanks to Liam for a very enjoyable evening!

Liam Roche lecture

"The History of Mountain Rescue in Ireland"

On February 13 2020, Pat Holland gave a most enjoyable and inspiring lecture on "The History of the Mountain Rescue in Ireland", which was based on his recently launched publication, to a crowded audience in Cahir House. Thank you to Pat and his colleagues for their service to Mountain Rescue. 

Mountain Rescue

"The Vulnerability of Ireland to Extreme Climate Change"

Our first lecture of 2020 was given by Dr. Kieran Hickey on "The Vulnerability of Ireland to Extreme Climate Change". The talk, at Cahir House Hotel on January 23rd, was attended by over 70 people who found it both informative and fascinating. Thank you to Dr. Kieran Hickey and to all who attended.

Climate Change Lecture

First Lectures of 2020

Now that we are in a New Year the Society would like to announce that they have organised a diverse range of lectures for early 2020.
Starting on January 23 last, a well known son of Cahir, Dr. Kieran Hickey gave a talk on "The Vulnerability of Ireland to Extreme Climate Change". Kieran was followed on February 13 by Pat Holland's lecture, "The History of Mountain Rescue in Ireland", which was based on his recently launched publication. Pat lives locally and has given lectures hosted by the Society in the past.
Later on March 5, local historian Liam Roche will base his talk on the life story of St. Cathal of Shanrahan, also known as St. Cathaldus of Taranto in Southern Italy. As part of his research, Liam undertook a very fruitful visit to Taranto.
And finally, on March 26, Des Murnane will speak on the topic of "Writing the Past": coming to terms with the Third Tipperary Brigade IRA. There is plenty to choose from here and all are welcome to these lectures.
Each of these events will commence at 8pm in Cahir House Hotel on the dates mentioned and as always, admission is €3 for Members and €5 for guests. On a related note, Society Membership is still available for 2020.
The Society finished 2019 on a high note with the launch of Margaret Galvin's collection of Cahir-based poetry, "The Finer Points". There were so many special moments on a night that will live long in the memory.
Thanks to everyone who made this happen, especially to Margaret who put in such trojan work and gave so much heart and thought to this project. Some copies are still available from Cahir Post Office for €10.
Our final 2019 event took place in the Great Hall of Cahir Castle. Oceans of Notion Theatre Company's magical adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" was performed before a full house. The combination of the setting, lighting, haunting carol singing of Annette Buckley that complemented the telling of this Christmas classic in the multiple roles by Kieran O'Leary worked wonderfully. There is an excellent chance that our Cork friends will be asked back in 2020!

"A Christmas Carol" in Cahir Castle, Friday, 13th December

Cahir Social and Historical Society hosted Ocean of Notions Theatre Company's adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens in the Great Hall of Cahir Castle at 8pm on Friday, 13th December.

Margaret Galvin Book Launch - Cahir

Cahir Social and Historical Society hosted the launch of Margaret Galvin's latest collection of poetry, “The Finer Points”, in Cahir House Hotel on Friday, 29th November. The Cahir-born, Wexford-based poet has written fifty-five poems that explore the experience of growing up in Cahir in the 1960s and 1970s.
A regular guest of the Society over the last few years, Margaret grew up on the Clogheen Road and she re-visits this period of her life with relish, compassion and forensic curiousity. “The Finer Points” celebrates her native place with a reverent and keen awareness. It was launched by Mary O'Gorman, the Clonmel-based poet and playwright.

Recent Lecture "Women, Witches and Witch Trials in Europe"

witchcraftOur first lecture of the 2019/20 season was held in the Great Hall of Cahir Castle on Thursday, 17th October. It was given by Aislinn O'Keeffe on "Women, witches and witch trials in Europe".

Recent Event "Tracing Your Ancestors"

To mark Heritage Week, Cahir Social and Historical Society hosted a "Tracing Your Ancestors" event at the Internet Café in Cahir Business and Training Centre on Thursday, August 22nd. A number of genealogical experts were available to help with research.

Recent Lecture "Witness to War Crimes" by Colm Doyle

The final lecture of 2018/19 season was "Witness to War Crimes" by Colm Doyle, retired Colonel, Irish Defence Forces. It was given in the Great Hall of Cahir Castle on Thursday, 2nd May.

Recent Lecture "The Problems With Plastic Pollution"

Senator Grace O'Sullivan gave a talk in Cahir House Hotel, on Thursday, 21st March on the subject of "The Problems With Plastic Pollution".

Recent Lecture "The Tobin Triangle: Famous Tobins from Reihill, Ballylooby"

This lecture, given in Cahir House Hotel on Thursday, 28th February by David Slattery, was on the subject of "The Tobin Triangle: Famous Tobins from Reihill, Ballylooby".

Recent Lecture "Willie Brennan, Highwayman (His Last Days in Cahir)"

Our first lecture of 2019 was by Seánie Lonergan on "Willie Brennan, Highwayman (His Last Days in Cahir)". It was held in Cahir House Hotel on Thursday, 7th February.