Support local festivals, support local jobs
Anything that brings fun, excitement and adventure into our lives is welcome - these days especially - so the Clonmel Junction Festival 2012 has been a wonderful addition to the town and its people’s lives so far. Even if you have just seen just one show, heard a few notes of the free music that is taking place at the Main Guard, browsed through local photographer John Kelly’s excellent exhibition or taken your child to the theatre you will have gained something.
Festival goers should be applauded for their support of such events during these times, and festival organisers too as they face huge challenges trying to organise these events and attract an audience. Money may be too tight to mention but if you offer value for money, you will be rewarded.
At this month’s meeting of Clonmel Borough Council the Junction festival, along with a series of subsequent events to come in Clonmel, were praised by councillors and officials who are asking members of the public to get out there and attend these events.
At the heart of the community, these festivals are not only a serious boost to our wellbeing and happiness but can provide a significant injection to the local economy, supporting jobs and creating new business.
Junction, followed by Festival Cluain Meala which celebrates Heritage Week, and the Clonmel Busking Festival are some of the highlights of the Summer calendar in Clonmel and South Tipperary, potentially bringing thousands of people into the town.
Cllr Pat English said that such events are extremely beneficial to the town and to the local area and he commended the voluntary efforts of so many people. Cllr Gabrielle Egan said that she had heard very positive feedback about the Junction Festival so far and she said that it was great to see all the posters and advertising up around the town centre.
Cllr Brian O’Donnell said that it was a great time for Clonmel at the moment, having just hosted the National Cycling Championship and now looking forward to these other events while Cllr Siobhan Ambrose said that there was something for everyone and all ages at these events which are very family orientated.
“Instead of a vacation people are having a staycation and the onus is on all of us to tell our family and friends about the events that are upcoming,” she said.
The upcoming Entente Florale was cited as a major event for Clonmel and the Council is very hopeful that they can achieve a gold medal award. Mayor of Clonmel, Cllr Billy Shoer who officially opened the Clonmel Junction Festival last week urged everyone to support these events and praised everyone involved in bringing them to the town and the volunteers who give of their time.
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