Clonmel News in Brief...

A table quiz held across the Atlantic

A table quiz held across the Atlantic

Carey’s Bar, Irishtown will be the venue on this Sunday, 28th April at 7pm for Banna Chluain Meala’s Table Quiz, which will be Skyped with Jimmy’s Bar in Clonmel’s Sister City, Peoria, Illinois. Teams of 4 cost €20 and there will be some great spot prizes.

St. Patrick’s Day was a great occasion for Banna’s Junior Band and Colourguard who had their first outing for the Clonmel Parade, with a total of 145 members marching.

The band was privileged to go to Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin recently to record a CD. This was all made possible by former band member Conor Lonergan, who is studying there, and he decided to use the band as part of his final year project.

Banna’s Fieldshow unit has commenced rehearsing its new show entitled “As the Last Petal Falls”, which is themed on Beauty and the Beast.

On Saturday, 13th July the Band will perform at the Junction Festival.

On 19th July they will travel to Costa Masnaga, Clonmel’s twin town in Northern Italy for a week where they will perform concerts and marching shows in towns around Lake Como.

Soccer pitch will be enhanced by new trees

A once-off volunteering project is taking place in Clonmel on this Friday and Saturday, 26th and 27th April. This family-orientated event is dependant on the weather.

SuirCan Community Forum, in conjunction with Clonmel Borough Council has sent out a call for the people of the town and any other willing volunteers to come and help plant a soccer field site with native Irish trees at Greenane, Old Bridge. A number of small or large teams are needed including friends - anyone and everyone that’s willing to come along for a couple of hours to plant a small stand of trees on Friday, 26th (between 12 and 6pm) or Saturday, 27th (between 10am and 2pm).

This is a good opportunity to kick-start spring. Bring a shovel (if you have one) and wellies. It’s a chance to meet some other friendly people of Clonmel in a field. Follow the green markers from the Suir Island car park into Green Lane and across the berm to the field.

Contact Lyn of SuirCan to arrange for a time and for more information call Lyn Mather on 086-3856720.

Men invited to come to the Shed

A public meeting will take place in Clonmel on this Thursday evening, April 25th in relation to the planned opening of a Men’s Shed in the town. The meeting takes place in Bridgewater House in Clonmel (beside the Gas House Bridge) at 7.30pm and members of the public are invited to attend.

Men’s Sheds is a name given to an idea that originated in Australia some years ago to provide a social facility for men. Following their popularity the concept has spread worldwide and in Ireland they are now to be found in many counties.

The main purpose of Men’s Sheds is to enhance the well-being of the particpants by providing a friendly and welcoming place where men can gather. The members may also involve themselves in a variety of mutually-agreed activities, which they will determine themselves. The Shed may also be a place where they can share skills, learn new skills and enhance knowledge. All men are welcome in a Men’s Shed regardless of age, race, religion, background or ability. Members have ownership of their Shed and have a say in the programmes and events that are followed.

Entry to Bridgewater House can also be accessed through the car park. All are welcome.

Information about employment rights

Do you need information about pay, holidays, working hours, redundancy or other employment matters? Would you like to know how employment law affects you?

The National Employment Rights Authority (NERA), in conjunction with the Clonmel Citizens Information Centre, Market Place, Clonmel, is holding a free and confidential drop-in clinic next Monday, 29th April, between 10.30am and 1pm.

Please feel free to drop in and get answers on any questions you may have about employment rights.

Seed sowing demonstration

Grow It Yourself (GIY) Clonmel will host a seed sowing demo and a practical workshop, to get your growing off to a good start, on this Thursday, 25th April, in Clonmel library at 7pm sharp. This event is free of charge and refreshments will be included. All are very welcome.

Horticultural Society meeting

The next meeting of the Clonmel and District Horticultural Society will be held at 8pm on Wednesday, 1st May at the Clonmel Park Hotel. The R.H.S.I. speaker is Oliver Schurmann of Mount Venus Nursery in Dublin, specialising in unusual perennials and grasses. Oliver has won 3 Gold Medals in succession and has a name for creating “the more unusual and extraordinary”. All are very welcome.



The community of Marlfield Village extends its condolences to Mary Williams and Pat Norris of Mountain View, Marlfield on the death of their sister Bridie Norris of Ard Fatima, Clonmel.


Each year the breeding pair of swans on Marlfield Lake chooses a different place to build their nest and it varies from the far side of the lake away from public view to close to the road. This year they chose close to the road at the top end of the lake. The height of the nest above the water level is supposed to indicate the likelihood of water levels due to future flooding in the nesting season and it is as good a guide as any other. The annual territorial fighting, which has been common in years past as the breeding pair hunted all other swans away, was given a miss this year. It has been a quieter time on the lake but not as entertaining as in previous years.

Tinsley Entrance

Work is at present underway at stripping generations of multi-coloured paints from the railings as part of the village clean-up. The main gates have been repaired and will be re-hung shortly. The paint colour that was traditional for the railings was white and once a number of foundation coats have been given the final colour will be the traditional white.


The thermometer has risen from the bottom and growth is evident everywhere. The Village committee have a number of areas for planting and as funds are low it is asking for plants and shrubs for the boxes and corners. If you can give some or have a few spare euros to buy a tray the committee would welcome the gift. Drop into the secretary’s house or give them to any of the committee as they try to add a splash of colour to the lovely village.

South Tipp Arts Centre

The figurative sculpture exhibition Awkward Beauty by artist Ayelet Lalor at the South Tipperary Arts Centre in Nelson Street, Clonmel will close on this coming Thursday at 3pm. It has been a great success with some of the smaller sculptures sold. Some of Ayelet’s large sculptures are suitable as garden ornaments as they are sculpted in cement. She also uses ceramic and bronze in her indoor head pieces, which are elegant and quirky and are well worth a visit. The Arts Centre is open during lunchtime from Tuesday to Saturdays. Schools are welcome to visit before the exhibition closes on Thursday.

The local art group Le Cheile will be exhibiting their paintings from next Tuesday. They kindly stepped in at the last minute because of a cancellation. Their exhibition will take place from Tuesday, 30th to Saturday, 18th May during Arts Centre hours, Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm, including lunchtime. Admission is free.

All children’s classes in art/craft, music and guitar are ongoing. Art/Craft classes are held on Fridays for 6 to 10 year-olds from 4pm to 5pm (€8). The Saturday class for ages 4 to 6 is held from 1pm to 2pm (€8).

Have fun through music classes are held on Saturdays for 7 to 9 years (11am to 11.45, €7, some places are still available); and 10 to 12/13 years or older (11.45 to 12.30, €7, some places are still available). Classes consist of in-depth song and rhythm development, exploration, listening and responding for the groups as well as an opportunity to play wind, percussion and string instruments for the older groups.

Guitar classes – small groups only from 6 years up to and including teenagers on Wednesdays at 4.20 pm and 4.50pm, €15 per student. Contact Ian at 086-1942588. Guitar lessons for adults are also available.

A Primary Schools Photo Competition, in conjunction with Clonmel Photo Centre, O Connell Street, has just been launched. All schools will get a flyer to publicise this event during the week.

A Teen Phone Photo Exhibition will be launched shortly in the Post Primary schools in Tipperary. An Arts/Craft/Drama Camp is now being organised for ages 4 to 12 years, as well as for teenagers, for July and August.

The following adult classes are also ongoing in the Arts Centre -

Pottery Classes starting on Tuesday, 30th April from 10.30 to 12 noon for 6 weeks (€6);

Wednesday, 10.30 to 12.30 : Art/Craft Get Together, (no tutor), €3, ongoing. Join in anytime.

Thursday, 10.30 to 12.30. Oil and Acrylic with Ann Brennan. Contact 086-3292086.

Thursday, 2pm to 4pm. Crochet classes (right and left handers) for beginners, improvers and experts, with Leslie. €8, Join in at anytime.

Friday, 10.30am. to 12.30. Flower Arranging Classes starting on Friday, 26th April for 4 weeks with Marjorie. €8, small group only.

The Heritage Mural The Suir – from Source to Sea is continuing in the Arts Centre with adult and teen members from the South Tipperary Art Group, (STAG), each Monday night in the Arts Centre.

For any information or to book a place for children or adults please contact the reception at 052-6127877.