Clonmel news in brief

Peaks Mountaineering Club

Peaks Mountaineering Club

All the structures for the coming season are now in place, with the AGM concluded and the top table elected. Jim O’Flaherty is the new chairman and the new committee will be listed next week.

This time of year is a busy time for the club, with membership due and the meets lists being prepared for the next few months. Niamh Barrett is leading an away walk in Kerry on this Sunday, 30th. All the details are on the notice board in Eldon’s.

Another away trip is planned for the Mournes on the October Bank Holiday weekend and the leader is Tom Dalton. This is a very pleasant weekend with a number of walks planned and if you want a bit of shopping in Belfast you can fit it in also. The motorway makes it a very accessible location but accommodation must be booked in advance. Get your name on the list as soon as possible as the Mournes walks are a big favourite.

Kevin Bowen led the recent walk and he did the classic route in the Knockmealdowns, covering 21 kilometres of mountain peaks, colls and valleys with a height gain of 1,550 metres.

The walk on this Sunday, 30th September is in the Galtees, with Michael Greene leading the 10am walk, assited by Niall Quinlivan. The Galtees can be very unpredictable, with rapid weather changes, so pack all the gear. With a hot drink and a bite to eat, and Ordnance Survey map no. 74, you are set up for the day. All walks leave from Eldon’s with a pick-up at Morrison’s Garage for the Cahir-based members.

More club information is available on the website at or call PRO Bernard Lennon on 086-2937220.

Dance auditions for Choral Society show

Open Dance Auditions for St. Mary’s Choral Society’s production of The Wizard Of Oz will be held next Monday evening, 1st October at 8.15pm at the On Your Toes Dance Studio, Crann Ard, Fethard Road.

Auditions are open to 5th Years and over (no exam classes students).

Retired nurses meeting

The South Tipperary branch of the Retired Nurses Association of Ireland will hold an information meeting/coffee morning at Hotel Minella, Clonmel at 11am on Thursday morning, October 4th.

Reports will be given on the successful annual conference, as well as feedback from the mystery tour.

Many years have rolled by since the demise of a most enjoyable social event in Clonmel, the St. Luke’s Hospital Ball. However the revived ball will be held at Hotel Minella on Friday, November 30th.

Grow It Yourself meeting

The next meeting of Grow It Yourself (GIY) Clonmel will be held on this Thursday, 27th September at 7pm in Clonmel Library. The guest speaker, Nuala Madigan from the Irish Peat Company, will talk on Wildlife and Compost in your garden - why bother with them? All are welcome and meetings are free of charge.


At the first meeting back after the summer break the opening speech People I Love to Hate was given by Ann O’Sullivan and boy did she cut a few celebrities down to size. That speech must have been building up over the summer or ever longer! The enthusiasm of her audience was so palpable there was a sense they wanted to add a few names of their own. Mick White followed with his speech on the Rolling Stones album Let it Bleed, with some music included. The third speaker slot was filled by a DVD of a previous speech competition. George and Richard did evaluations while Jim was general evaluator, with Irene as toastmaster. Thanks also to Breda (topics master), Alan (timer) and Peter (grammarian).

The next meeting provides the opportunity to come and have a laugh at the humorous speech competition on this Thursday, 27th September in the Clonmel Park Hotel at 8pm. Non-members are free to join the fun. For further information contact Mick White at 086-4038587 or visit online at

Horticultural Society meeting

The next meeting of the Clonmel and District Horticultural Society will be held at 8pm on Wednesday, 3rd October at the Clonmel Park Hotel. The guest speaker is Michael Murphy whose lecture is entitled Care of Roses, which will be an informative talk with tips on how to achieve perfect blooms. New members are always welcome.

Clonmel Bridge Club

An open night will be held from 6-7pm at the Bridge Centre, Cashel Road next Monday, 1st October. New members are welcome to come and meet members of the Clonmel Bridge Club and enjoy light refreshments. Further information is available from Dolores at 052-6121675.

Museum workshops

Booking is essential for the following workshops at the County Museum, Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel in the next couple of months -

Saturday, 27th October from 11am – 12 noon - Terrible Tipperary - for 6 to 12 year olds, admission €3.

Wednesday 31st October, Thursday 1st and Friday, 2nd November from 11am – 1pm - Mid-term Camp - for 6 – 12 year olds, admission €30.

Saturday, 17th November from 11am – 12 noon - Christmas is coming - for 6 – 12 year olds, admission €3.

South Tipperary Art Group

Membership in Junior South Tipperary Art Group (STAG) is now full. All Seniors (from 1st Year up to Leaving Certs) are asked to attend the South Tipperary Arts Centre on this Saturday, 29th from 10.30am to 12 noon with all art materials, especially 2B drawing pencils. Many Thanks to Karol O’ Loughlin, formerly Mountain Road and now residing in London, and an ex-Junior STAG member from 15 years ago, who did a great Arts Careers Class with the Seniors on her way back to London. Ot was much appreciated by all the teenagers and the tutors.

Adult Art Sessions are in full swing again for the Autumn season. Welcome to Joanne and Jacqui and to Eamonn, a former STAG member. New members are always welcome on any Tuesday night at 7.30pm in the Art Room, Infant School, behind Ss Peter and Paul’s Primary School, Kickham Street, Clonmel. Conact the Organiser Maureen Purcell at 086-8096823 for information on the STAG Art Group or to buy an original painting/artwork by one of the STAG Adult artists.

Mother and Baby Group

The Mother and Baby Group meets every Monday from 2–3pm, excluding Bank Holidays in the Clonmel Community Resource Centre, Kickham Street. All mothers and babies are welcome. For further enquiries please contact Jill on 052-6128199.

South Tipperary Arts Centre

The South Tipperary Arts Centre, opposite the Courthouse in Nelson Street, Clonmel is now hosting the exhibition Made In Tipp, which will run for a further two weeks until Tuesday, 9th October. This is a very vibrant exhibition from 31 local and county craftsworkers.

The crafts on display are Soft Sculptures by Des Dillon, Carvings by Dave Gorey, Stone Sculpture by Philip Quinn and Tom Keane, Quilting and Crochet by Marie Crean, Applique by Mary Burke, Jewellery and Felting by Ber Dargan, Creative Woodturning by Brendan Hogg, 2D and 3D Mixed Media by Kathleen Kelly, Semi-Abstract Wood Carving by David Lennon, Silk Felting and Quilting by Breda Keane, Creative Felting by Helen Lyons, Ber Dargan and Kathleen Hogg; Stained Glass by Tom Moloney, Ceramics by Julie Dargan, Mary C. Ryan, Jerry Kelly, Bobby Harris, Elke Wilson and Kiara Heffernan; Iron Work by William Doyle, Hand Made Cards by Liz Fitzpatrick, Batik by Lesley Lynch, Lily Murphy and Ann Brennan; Creative Knitting and Crochet by Joan Brown and Lesley Lynch; Soft Toys by Lynda O’Mahoney and Joan Browne; Creative Cushions/Soft Sculpture/ Textile Pictures by Sarah Delahunty; Copperwork by Peter Kernan, Children’s Books by Noelle Lambert, Cross Stitch by Laura Quirke and Painted Tiles by Anne Hogan. Much of the work is for sale at very reasonable prices, considering the amount of time and effort it takes to produce any craft. Many of the exhibitors will accept commissions also. All details are available by visiting the exhibition in the Arts Centre, which is open Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 12 noon to 4pm. Admission is free. STAG paintings are also on exhibition upstairs in the Studio.

Because of a low take-up in some of the Junior Art Classes there’s now an Arts/Craft class for children from 6 years to 9/10 years on Thursday with Georgina from 4pm to 5pm (time change) provided there are enough children to make it viable. Friday’s class will continue and has room for about 3 more children. Contact Maureen at 086-8096823 for details.

Oil Painting for Beginners and Improvers in Oils and Acrylics is continuing on Thursday mornings with Ann Brennan. Contact Ann at 086-3292086.

A limited number of tickets is now available from the South Tipperary Arts Centre (tel. 052-6127877) for Jimmy Crowley’s gig on Thursday, 18th October at the Arts Centre, Nelson Street, Clonmel at 8pm. Jimmy, the Voice of Cork is a Folk and Trad singer/songwriter and storyteller. Ken Horne will kindly play from 7.30 as support. Tickets cost €10 for adults and €8 for students and seniors.

The South Tipperary Arts Centre website has been out of commission since July but is now being re-jigged and hopefully should be up and running shortly. The e-mail is

The studio upstairs is available for renting at a minimal cost. Contact Maureen at 086-8096823 for details.

Place 4U Community Cafe

The Place 4U Community Cafe at Morton Street, Clonmel is open from Monday to Friday, 10am to 12.30pm. Tea, coffee, scones and snacks are available daily.

Ceramics – Paint A Mug, every Thursday at 10am and running for 6 weeks. A contribution of E2 per class is requested to cover the cost of materials. Mugs will be decorated and then glazed and fired.

Family Tree Genealogy – Tuesday mornings at 11am except 25th September and 2nd October.

Book Club (free) – This is held on the last Monday of every month.

Memoir Writing Workshop (free) – These classes will recommence in September.

Craft Classes (free) –  10 – 11am every Monday.

Art Classes (free) – 10 am every Wednesday.

Friendly Yoga (minimal charge) - recommencing in September.

Card Game (free) – recommencing in September.

An Irish Corner for those who wish to practice their cupla focail is held every Thursday morning at 11am.   Beidh failte roimh gach duine.

Bring a book – take a book, whereby you donate a book and take one of the books available.

Computer Classes are ongoing from Tuesday – Friday. The waiting list is currently closed.

Tales4U - storytelling is starting soon, enquire in cafe. Free WiFi is also available.