Clonmel News in Brief...

South Tipp Arts Centre

South Tipp Arts Centre

The photographic exhibition ‘Through the Lens’ in the South Tipperary Arts Centre, Nelson St., Clonmel , opposite the courthouse, was officially launched by the Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Helena McGee on Saturday last . This is a very vibrant and exciting exhibition with over 50 professional and amateur photographers exhibiting over 125 photos on every theme imaginable in the gallery. There are still life subjects,landscapes, seascapes , portraits and abstract photographs. Most of the prints are taken by photographers from Tipperary as well as prints from Hungary, New Zealand and Nepal The exhibition will be open Arts Centre Hours, Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. incl. lunchtime and Sat 12 to 4 p.m. until Friday 21st Dec. The Exhibition will continue in the New Year from Tuesday 8th. Jan. ‘13 to Sat. 12th. Admission is FREE to all STAC’s Exhibitions.

The Arts Centre has animated Historic Novels by local man Dermot Poyntz, an Illustrated children’s book by Presentation Primary Teacher Noelle Lambert, hand made cards by Liz Fitzpatrick and hand made Christmas Decorations all for sale in the Arts Centre at present. The Flower Arranging Demo by Marjorie O Flynn was very well attended so much so that she will give class in the New Year as will Lesley Lynch whose craft demo was also very successful. The Arts Centre will run a Watercolour course by Ray Osborn from late January. Names are now being taken at the reception South Tipperary Arts Centre 0526127877 for the watercolour course and Ann Brennan’s Oil and Acrylic Course and also for all children’s afterschool and Saturday classes .

“Helping U Grow”

As part of the “Helping U Grow” 2013 Project, a number of 5th year students from Loreto Secondary School Clonmel are going on a volunteer Project to Kyamusansala, Uganda between the dates of 14th and 28th of July 2013. While there the students will be working in The Sacred Heart Primary School, teaching, english, arts, crafts, music and song. They will also spend time painting and refurbishing the school building. As part of fundraising, two volunteers: Vikki Sullivan and Megan Owens are holding a table quiz in The Coachman, Parnell St., Clonmel on Thursday 13th December at 7:30pm. Table of 4 €20.00, also a raffle and refreshments are being held on the night. All funds will go directly towards the volunteer trip. Any team interested are very welcome to come, as support is much appreciated.

Common Thread dons seasonal garb

After a busy Autumn with the zombie walk as its highlight, the Common Thread Café is due to close for three weeks from the 22nd December to the 15th January, but not before a few seasonal events taking place.

On Friday 14th December @ 7pm, Treasa Nic Dhiarmada, principal of Gaelscoil Cluan Meala will launch In the name of the FAdá, an Irish language handbook which analyses with humour the distinctive issue of the FAdá in the Irish language and how the meaning of whole sentences are altered by its use. This book, as well as another volume entitled, Making out in Irish were written by Rossa O’Snodaigh from the Irish band Kila, who have over the years used the Irish language very successfully for most of their lyrics. Both books will be for sale on the night and can be signed by the author; seasonal refreshments will be served.

Thursday December 13th will see a special West African edition of the café’s Food Club, when a traditional West African dish will be served at 6.30 pm followed by the weekly African drumming class at 7.30, hosted by John Sutton. Meal is €8, workshop is €9 or both can be booked for € 15: people are welcome to attend one or both events on the night by pre-registering on 0852315515.

On Sunday 23rd December, to close a busy year, the café will hosts the last Singer songwriters session of the year which will be dedicated to Christmas songs, so come along to hear the special selection picked by our local talent: fun renditions of old Christmas songs and duets will be the order of the evening. Christmas woolly jumpers and reindeer antlers a must!! For further information contact <> Doors open at 8pm; BYOB, leave a donation

The café is always looking for new people willing to volunteer: why not try it out in the New Year? If you are mature, not too shy and can work on your own, and have a free morning or afternoon (Tuesday to Friday), please contact us on <> or call into the café. The café will re-open on Tuesday 15th January at 11am

Clonmel Baptist Church

Anglesea St

16th Dec.Sunday 10:30 am Morning worship with Sunday School

4:00 pm Carol Service followed by refreshments.

23rd Dec.Sunday 10:30am. Morning worship.

All are warmly welcomed


Junior STAG will close for the Christmas holidays on this coming Saturday at 12 noon and reopen on Saturday 12th January

Adult STAG closed last Tuesday night and will reopen on Tuesday 8th January 2013. Paintings by adult artists from STAG can be bought by contacting the organiser at 0868096823. STAG Committee would like to wish all our members in both the Junior and Adult sections and all our supporters a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year. Maureen Purcell, Organiser STAG. 0868096823