Clonmel’s ‘Gathering of 3’

Pictured at the launch of Festival Cluain Meala - a taste of thigs to come this August.
Clonmel this August will be party central as three events come together to form one unforgettable festival.

Clonmel this August will be party central as three events come together to form one unforgettable festival.

Festival Cluain Meala is a thrilling trio of the Busking, Heritage and Suir Valley 3-Day festivals combined, taking place from August 3-11.

It opens on the August Bank Holiday weekend with the Suir Valley 3 Day International Cycle Race. Promising to be the biggest and best race yet with four continental teams and the famous Sean Kelly’s An Post team partaking, there will also be race starts and finishes in Clonmel town centre each day.

On Sunday August 4 there will be a funky bike parade, an international criterium and four sportives including a 5km family fun sportive. The 160km, 65km, 50km and 5km sportives are open to everyone and all entry details are on suirvalleycyclefestival.com. This is run in support of the charity Cycle 4 Sick Children.

Festival Cluain Meala continues with the Clonmel Busking Festival from August 8-11 with over 50 bands taking part, all busking and playing for free throughout the streets and pubs of Clonmel in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital. The Frank and Walters, Bagatelle, Johnny McEvoy, TR Dallas, Big Generator, Loudest Whisper and many more will come to Clonmel for the event. The Clonmel Busking Festival comes to a climax on Sunday August 11 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, live DJs, dance-offs and a live set from Key West. The Beat fleet will also provide Face painting, goodies and games.

Festival Cluain 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. Contact the museum on (052) 6134552 for info. The Heritage Festival continues on Friday August 9 with the popular Medieval Inn Trail so be sure to get suitably costumed for a night of medieval merriment around the town. Register your interest at the County Museum. Costumes will be available for hire on the night or you can bring your own. On Saturday August 10, there will be a concert in Old St Mary’s Church with Banna Cluain Meala and the Colour Guard and special guest appearances by John Spillane and Woebegone. There will be a BBQ with tickets €5 available from Premier music.

Sunday August 11 promises to be the highlight of the festival with busking, a ceili and Beat on the Street in town. Gordon Street Carpark will be taken over for the Medieval Family Fun Day - a magical end to the inaugural Festival Cluain Meala with lots of free medieval fun including archery, combat school, climbing wall, re-enactments, Bui Bolg, climbing wall, mobile farm, arts and crafts, demonstrations, artisan food stalls, cultural stands and more.