Cahir, County Tipperary

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Cahir, County Tipperary is a small heritage town that falls under the barony of Iffa and Offa West, and famous for the Cahir Castle and Swiss Cottage. Its name is derived from Cathair or an Chathair, which literally means strong ringfort, though another name, Cathair Dhún Iascaigh meaning stone ringfort of the fishing, is also quite popular. The town was set up in the 13th century, and has been influenced by the Butler family, which is responsible for the genesis of Barons of Cahir, throughout its history.

Cahir Castle is one of the largest and grandest castles of Ireland, and located at an island in River Suir. It was constructed in the year 1142 and handed over to James Butler in 1375. The castle has been besieged thrice, once in 16th century and twice in the 17th century, during the times of Irish Confederate Wars. After being handed over to the influential Butler Family, it was reconstructed in the 15th and 17th century. This castle fell into disrepair the latter half of the 18th century and restored to quite an extent in the 1840s. The last Lord Cahir passed away in 1961 and the ownership of the castle final came under the Irish State. Nowadays, the reconstructed castle is a national monument and heavily visited by tourists, who enjoy the audio-visual show.

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