Clonmel News in Brief....

South Tipp Art Group to launch 45th annual exhibition

South Tipp Art Group to launch 45th annual exhibition

The South Tipp Art Group (STAG) 45th Annual Art Exhibition will be oficially launched in Clonmel Library next Tuesday night, 4th June at 7.30pm by the Mayor, Cllr. Billy Shoer. All are welcome. Artworks of every description and in all media, including many local scenes, will be on display and all works are for sale at reasonable prices. A deposit secures an artwork.The exhibition will be open during Library hours.

Junior STAG are very busy at the moment completing their batik and printing with Lesley, Bobby, Julie and Claire. Shield/Crest painting is ongoing with the seniors, who worked in the County Museum with Julie and Maureen on Saturday under painting and drawing in designs on 30 big shields. All the shields should be completed on Saturday. The seniors will finish their animation with Bobby during June and also complete murals in the Infants yard in Ss Peter and Paul’s Primary School, weather permitting. The seniors visited the exhibition in the County Museum called The Way Home, a collection of paintings by famous Irish artists from the 20th century, drawn from the Crawford Gallery’s collection and they also visited the Arts Centre where Tony O’Connor’s equine exhibition Only Foals and Horses is on display. They were very impressed by both exhibitions but especially by the amazing large paintings in the Arts Centre. The art sessions for Junior STAG will continue on Saturday mornings for a few more weeks.

Call for free parking on Saturdays

Sinn Féin has called on Clonmel Borough Council to immediately help beleaguered businesses in Clonmel by introducing free parking in the town car parks on Saturdays. The party says that this will bring people into the town, thereby increasing footfall to the business in the the town centre.

“The initial loss of revenue to the council will be replaced by the increase in business. This scheme has been a success in other Tipperary towns such as Nenagh. In the current economic climate any help to increase the vitality of our indigenous shops would be welcome”, a statement added.

Suicide Bereavement Support Group

A support group for anyone in South Tipperary over 18 who has been bereaved by suicide meets in the Clonmel Community Resource Centre, Kickham Street, Clonmel. The next meeting will be held on Monday, 10th June at 7.30pm. For further information please contact Catherine Fahey at 086-8328709.

This group is supported by the HSE and the Regional Suicide Resource Office.

Old Bridge Mass

The annual Mass at the Old Bridge will be celebrated on Bank Holiday Monday, June 3rd at 11am at the Edel Quinn Grotto. All are welcome.

St. Anthony’s Novena

The Novena in honour of St. Anthony of Padua will be held from Tuesday,4th-Wednesday, 12th June at The Friary. The preacher will be Fr. Michael Duffy, OFM.CAP.

Masses and novena prayers will be celebrated and recited on weekdays at 10am and 7.30pm, on Saturdays at 10am and 7pm and on Sundays at 11.30am.

Special prayers and the blessing of the sick will be held at 5pm on Friday, 7th June. On Thursday, 13th June, the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua, Mass (along with the blessing of lillies) will be celebrated at 10am and 7.30pm. The blessing of children will be held on the same day at 4pm. All are welcome.

Talk on Alfred Adler

There will be a free introductory talk on the psychology of Alfred Adler on Wednesday next, 5th June at 7.30 in the Resource Centre in Kickham Street, Clonmel. Adler’s psychology was different to that of his contemporary, Freud and people said “it is only common sense”. What a compliment. John Murphy will inform, enlighten and encourage you at this talk and discussion. All are welcome.

Arthritis meeting

The South Tipperary branch of Arthritis Ireland will hold a meeting in the Clonmel Community Recourse Centre in Kickham Street next Tuesday, 4th June at 7.30pm. There will be a guest speaker and all are welcome.

Rugby Club summer camp

Clonmel Rugby Club’s multi-sport summer camp takes place at the club from Monday, 8th to Friday, 12th July.

Following on from last year’s highly successful camp, the club expects a big turnout again this year. All of last year’s participants went home happy and tired each day.Boys and girls from the ages of 6-15 are welcome.

Registration will be held each morning from 9am, with warm-ups starting at 9.30. The camp will run until 2.30. Application forms may be downloaded from the club website or by e-mail from Further information is available from 087-3724394.

Township fundraiser at Shenanigan’s

A fundraiser will take place in Shenanigan’s Pub (formerly Gerry Brennan’s on Thomas Street), Clonmel on this Saturday, June 1 in aid of the Niall Mellon Township Trust, which will raise money to build schools in Kenya. Music is by The Pearly Whites. Tickets cost €10 and may be purchased in Shenanigan’s Pub, Premier Music in O’Connell Street or call Paul on 087-3858031.

55 Social Club

Members please note that June’s 55 Social Club night at The Coachman, Parnell Street, Clonmel will be held on the earlier date of Friday, June 14th.

Cancer Support Centre

Have you been affected by cancer? Do you support or care for someone who has? If so then the Cancer CARE Support Centre at 14, Wellingston Street, Clonmel warmly invites you to visit. Whether you have just been diagnosed, are currently undergoing medical treatment, or even if you have completed your treatment you will be very welcome.

You will find a calm and relaxing environment where you can take time to explore what the Centre has to offer. All the services are free and are available to anyone affected by cancer. The service is totally confidential so don’t be afraid to visit. You can phone to arrange a time.

C.A.R.E. is open from Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm, tel. 052-6182667,

Miscarriage Support Evening

The Clonmel Acupuncture Centre is hosting a miscarriage support event in the beautiful privacy of Clonacody House, Fethard. The aim of the evening is to provide support and hope to couples, a chance to talk, relax and meet therapists including Adlerian counsellor Eileen Acheson.

The event takes place on Thursday, June 6 at 7.30pm and is fee of charge. To book a place please call Katie or Emily on 052-6184422 or see

South Tipperary Arts Centre

The official launch by Tim Corballis, Coolmore Stud, Fethard of the amazing and unique art exhibition Only Foals and Horses by equine artist Tony O’ Connor, Cork, took place on Thursday last in the Arts Centre, Nelson Street, Clonmel to great acclaim. The exhibition is open during Arts Centre hours on Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm including lunchtime. Admission is free.

The closing date for the Arts Centre’s Primary Schools photo competition, in conjunction with Clonmel Photo Centre, has been extended to this Friday, 31st May. Photos can be cropped/straightened and changed to black and white or sepia but no other digital enhancement or manipulation is allowed. There are great prizes to be won from Clonmel Photo Centre, O’Connell Street and Fieldmaster, Parnell Street, Clonmel to whom the Arts Centre is very grateful. Check out Phone Photo Competition for Teenagers with Gareth at the Arts Centre, tel. 052-6127877.

The County Museum, Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel is the new venue for the free Bridge the Gap gig on this Thursday night as the gallery in the Arts Centre is too small to accommodate all the parents and relations of the boys of St. Mary’s School Choir who will be performing at 7pm with poet John Fitzgerald and singers Claire and Marie Kelly, STAG musicians, Ellie Mackey, Jessica Keane and Sadhbh Madigan and some adult performers who are all coming together to celebrate creativity as we age.

Guided walk in the woods

A Forage Guided Walk by Wild Food Mary will be held at Cahir Castle Woods on this Thursday, May 30th. Meet at 7pm sharp at the Swiss Cottage car park, which is signposted off the R670 Cahir- Ardfinnan Road. This is a gentle ramble lasting approximately one to one and-a-half hours, suitable footwear advisable. This must-do free family event promises to be a most entertaining and enlightening evening walk in this ancient woodland, with a wealth of wild plants in season to explore. For more infor on Wild Food Mary log onto