Cafe for the culturally inclined re-opens

The Common Thread café at 15, Parnell Street Clonmel has re-opened for another season and there’s plenty on offer for the culturally inclined.

The Common Thread café at 15, Parnell Street Clonmel has re-opened for another season and there’s plenty on offer for the culturally inclined.

On this Thursday (8th September) at 9.30pm the café will play host to the Magic Carpet trio, the brainchild of jazz pianist Stephen Parker. Stephen’s range and musical talent are matched by the cool, laid-back ease with which he delivers both and The Magic Carpet trio are soaked in jazz.

There’s no better place to spend a relaxing evening than in The Common Thread where you may have a cuppa or BYOB (bring your own beverage), the volunteer staff in the café will open it for you and give you a nice glass from which to drink it. All you need to do is sit back and relax and leave a donation when you leave, as the café relies on volunteers and donations to cover its running costs.

This is indeed an unusual system but it has been working: last year, people from all walks of life frequented the café to browse through its book shelves, use the free internet, have a chat and they gave generously to ensure that the café could remain open. Other people brought their own buns or lunches as the café does not serve food but will provide you with a plate, a napkin or a fork.

There are a number of art and health-related activities and events on offer, such as meditation classes, a music circle, reiki sessions, a sewing club and the forthcoming Culture Night on September 23rd.

For more information, you can join the mailing list at commonthreadcafe@gmail.com or pop into the café for regular updates, a chat and a cuppa. The café is open Tuesday to Friday from 11am to 5pm and Saturday from 2 to 5.