Busking, cycling and heritage festival planned for Clonmel

Clonmel in August promises to be spectacular with the launch of the inaugural Festival Chluain Meala which is a trio of the Busking, Heritage and Cycling festivals from August 3-11.

Clonmel in August promises to be spectacular with the launch of the inaugural Festival Chluain Meala which is a trio of the Busking, Heritage and Cycling festivals from August 3-11.

The town promises to be transformed over 9 summer days with parades, bike races, concerts, fairs and open air parties, and most events are free.

Festival Chluain Meala opens on the August Bank Holiday Weekend with the Suir Valley 3 Day International Cycle Race, which promises to be their biggest and best race yet.

The Cycling Festival takes over the centre of Clonmel on Sunday, 4th August where there will be a funky bike parade, an international criterium and four sportives including a 5km family fun sportive.

Festival Chluain Meala continues with the Clonmel Busking Festival from August 8-11 with over 50 bands all busking and playing for free throughout the streets and pubs of Clonmel, while simultaneously collecting funds for Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

The Clonmel Busking Festival comes to a climax on Sunday, 11th August when O’Connell Street is again taken over for the day with a Giant Street Ceilí at 1pm followed by a huge free Beat 102-103 ‘Beat on the Street’ party with music and entertainment and live DJs, dance-offs and a live set from Key West.

Festival Chluain Meala has a great heritage programme including the Medieval Madness Summer Camp from August 6-9 featuring a mix of art and craft, combat school, archery, re-enactment and hands-on activities.

The Heritage Festival continues on Friday, August 9 with the popular Medieval Inn trail, which returns this year with two routes - so put on your costume for a night of medieval merriment around the town.

Register your interest at the County Museum in Mick Delahunty Square, and costumes will be available for hire on the night, or you can bring your own.