Clonmel holds centre stage for Irish rugby this week with the international side on a two-day visit.
It’s a huge boost for the town and the host club, Clonmel RFC, as Irish boss Joe Schmidt brings his team for a mini-camp as part of the preparation for the crunch clash with England on Saturday week.
Between two and three thousand fans, mostly school children, are expected to attend a training session at Ard Gaoithe on Thursday morning between 10 and 11am. They are expected to be able to meet some of their heroes after the game.
It will be an extra special occasion for the pupils of Grange NS who are travelling in force to meet past pupil and Irish squad member Tommy O’Donnell.
School principal Tomas O Slatara has described O’Donnell as a wonderful role model for pupils at the school.
The Loughloher, Cahir player has come on as a replacement in the wins over Scotland and Wales in the past two weeks.
Gates at the ground open at 9am with entry by pass only.
Clonmel RFC president John Connery has described the visit as a huge honour for the club and a tribute to the facilities provided in Clonmel that are considered good enough to be used by the Irish team in the middle of their Six Nations campaign.
The Irish team arrive on Wednesday and are staying at the Clonmel Park Hotel.
The Tipp visit has generated huge interest, especially following Ireland’s impressive start to the campaign with two early wins, and hopes high for the remaining fixtures.