Clonmel News in Brief...

Roaring 20s Gangster Murder Mystery Night fundraiser for Barnardos

Roaring 20s Gangster Murder Mystery Night fundraiser for Barnardos

Barnardos are holding a Roaring 1920s Gangster Murder Mystery Night Fundraiser on Friday, November 2nd at 7.30pm in Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel. Tickets are E35, which includes a drinks reception, three-course meal and entertainment. Fancy dress is very welcome and all proceeds go to Barnardos. The guest of honour is Fergus Finlay, CEO Barnardos. Tickets are available from Barnardos, Unit 5 Hughes Mill, Suir Island, Clonmel, tel. 052-6170665; Barnardos, 140 Elm Park, Clonmel, tel. 052-6170750 or Premier Music, O’Connell Street, Clonmel.

Jaws theme for swimming pool party

Clonmel Junction Festival will host a Jaws themed party in Clonmel Swimming Pool at 8.30pm on Saturday, 3rd November. The unique experience will include a screening of the classic film, cocktails and an elaborately decorated pool. Fancy dress is optional. Tickets at €10 each are now on sale.

Halloween Fancy Dress for Choral Society

As part of their fundraising efforts for the forthcoming production of The Wizard of Oz, St Mary’s Choral Society will hold a Halloween Fancy Dress on Bank Holiday Sunday, 28th October in the Clonmel Park Hotel. Music is by Marc, Ken and Eelco, followed by a disco with prizes for the Best Costumes. The evening will commence with a cheese and wine reception at 8.30pm. Tickets are just €15 and are available from Marian’s, the Clonmel Park Hotel and committee members.

Old Bridge

The AGM of the Old Bridge Community Association takes place on this Thursday, 25th October at 8pm at the Clonmel Dance Centre, opposite the Edel Quinn Park, and the Association would like your help. The Community Association has been in existence for over 30 years and it’s hoped it will continue for many more. The members strive to help make the community a better place for everyone to live. Recently they completed their first mural, sponsored their area Garden Competition and co-hosted with Clonmel Borough Council the re-opening of the bridges ceremony. The Old Bridge is the only area that lights its own tree every Christmas.

The association would like to do more and has some ideas in the pipeline - this is where more help is needed. The association would welcome any ideas you may have including community projects, ways to improve the area etc. Better still why not come to the AGM and give your ideas in person. Whether you have lived on the Bridge for all of your life or if you are new to the area you are equally welcome.

Al Anon public meeting

An Al Anon open public meeting will be held on Tuesday, 6th November at 8pm in the Clonmel Resource Centre, Kickham Street, Clonmel. If someone you love drinks too much help is available.

Charity table quiz

A Lions Club table quiz in aid of local charities will be held on this Thursday, 25th October at 8pm in Eldons bar. Table of four cost €20.

Support for children affected by death or family break-up

Rainbows provides peer support and a listening service for primary school children who are suffering as a result of a death or loss through separation in their family. Rainbows provides the structure of a 12-week programme (one hour per week) by trained facilitators that will deliver with a small group in a safe and confidential setting at the Clonmel Community Resource Centre in Kickham Street. Children have the opportunity to express their feelings, develop coping skills and build resilience, allowing them to move forward. The service is free of charge and delivered by a team of trained volunteers. For further details please contact Naomi or Aoife at the Clonmel Community Resource Centre on 052-6129143.

Museum workshops

The following workshops will take place in the County Museum, Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel - Saturday 27th October from 11am-12 noon, Terrible Tipperary, suitable for 6-12 year-olds. Admission is €3 and booking is essential.

Wednesday 31st October, Thursday 1st November and Friday 2nd November from 11am-1pm, Mid term camp, suitable for 6–12 year-olds. Admission is €30 and booking is essential.

Saturday 17th November from 11am – 12 noon, Christmas is coming, suitable for 6-12 year-olds. Admission is €3 and booking is essential.

Grow It Yourself meeting

The next meeting of GIY (Grow It Yourself) Clonmel is on this Thursday, 25th October at 7pm in Clonmel Library. The knowledgeable guest speaker, Benita Leahy from Woodies Garden Centre, will talk on last-minute autumnal tasks in the veg and herb garden, from soil prep to late sowing and more. All are welcome. Meetings are free of charge with refreshments served afterwards, with time for a chat.

Mayor’s Fund sponsored walk and quiz

Two events have been organised for the coming weeks to support the Mayor of Clonmel’s annual Christmas Relief Fund, which Mayor Billy Shoer is reviving this year to assist those in need. The first is the sponsored walk at 1pm (after 12 noon Mass) on Sunday, 28th October from St. Mary’s Church in Irishtown to Marlfield Village and back to town. Sponsorship cards are available from 56, Queen Street, Clonmel. This will be followed by a table quiz on Friday, 2nd November at 9pm in Liam Daly’s, O’Connell Street. Tables of four cost €20.

South Tipp Art Group

Junior South Tipp Art Group (STAG) is now closed for the mid term break and will resume with a new session on Saturday, 10th November at 10.30 for a six-week run up to 15th December. Both sections, the Seniors (1st Years to Leaving Certs) and the Juniors (9 years to 6th class) will be back in the Art Room in the Infant School, Ss Peter and Paul’s Primary School for the next session. There are only 5 places left in both sections for this new session. Contact the Organiser Maureen Purcell to book a place as soon as possible at 086-8096823.

Adult Art members are beavering away on Tuesday nights and they don’t get any time off for the mid term break. New members are always welcome on any Tuesday night from 7.30 p.m. in the above venue. Just ring the Organiser for details or to buy a painting by a member of STAG. The paintings are hanging in the AIB, Befani’s Restaurant, Motor Tax Office, Poppyfields, all in Clonmel and Lily Mai’s Cafe, Dove Hill, Carrick-on- Suir.

STAG is running a trip for adult members to the Fringe Opera Festival, Wexford on this coming Sunday. 28th October, leaving from the Art Room, Ss Peter and Paul’s School at 9.30am. For further details contact the Organiser at 086-8096823.

Peaks Mountaineering Club

Mother Nature smiled the club’s way on Sunday for the walks in the Comeraghs. The noon walk with Ruairi, Anthony and Donal leading headed for the Nire car park with 25 members. The walk covered about 10 kilometres in fairly good conditions at a nice pace.

There are no organised and led walks on the Bank Holiday weekend as the club is on an away trip to the Mourne Mountains. If anyone is going onto the mountains please take all the precautions and let someone know your route and time schedule, as this could prevent a call out for the rescue services, and remember to set your watch for the lost hour of daylight. The new meets list has been e-mailed to members and if you do not have a computer copies will be available in the box in Eldon’s. More information is available by calling the PRO Bernard Lennon on 086-2937220.

South Tipp Arts Centre

The next event in the Arts Centre in Nelson Street, Clonmel is Reco the Magician and Balloon Modelling Man who will entertain the young people on this coming Saturday from 2 to 4pm. Tickets are €7 for children while parents/adults will be admitted free. Family reductions are available. As only a limited number of places are available tickets are now available from the Arts Centre from 10am to 5pm, including lunchtime. Halloween face painting is taking place at 1.45pm in the Studio upstairs, donations are welcome.

The Group Show, Tipperary Craft Gathering has had a good numbers of visitors so far and will be open during Arts Centre hours, Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm including lunchtime. and this Saturday from 12 to 1.30pm. This elegant exhibition has wonderful award-winning textiles by Camelia Shanahan, interior design by Elaine Brett, silver jewellery and artefacts by Rory Donohoe, silversmith and goldsmith, unique horsehair and wood-fired ceramics by Claire Molloy and very affordable jewellery by Lindsey Critchley. This exhibition will close on Wednesday next, 31st October at 5pm. The Arts Centre is also showing one of Des Dillon’s soft sculptures in the hallway, which is for sale also.

The gig with Jimmy Crowley, with support from Ken Horne and Eelco Beckers, was a great success last Thursday night. There was a full and appreciative audience at the gig in the gallery. Many thanks to Ken and Eelco; Terry, John, Seamus and the Community Employment scheme workers from the St. Vincent de Paul, and a very special word of thanks for all the help in getting the gallery ready for the gig.

Watch out for the next Exhibition in the Arts Centre called In God’s Garden, a solo exhibition of oil paintings by Galway artist Geraldine Folan. The official opening will take place in the gallery on Friday night, 2nd November and all are welcome. Geraldine will also give a weekend oil and acrylic workshop on Saturday, 24th and Sunday, 25th November in the Studio upstairs. The cost is €65, with a deposit of €20 to be paid to the Arts Centre as a limited number of places only are available. Contact 086-8096823 for details.

The oil/acrylic Art Class on Thursday mornings with Ann Brennan will continue this week and on 1st November. A new session will start on Thursday, 8th November.

After-school Art/Craft classes for children will take place after the mid term break on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3.45pm to 5pm for four weeks - contact the Arts Centre at 052-6127877. As a minimum of 6 children are needed to make up a class please call into the Arts Centre with your preferred day or call 052-6127877 as soon as possible.

The Arts Centre is organising a new database of invitees to future exhibitions and events in the Centre. If you would like to be informed of up and coming events please drop into the Arts Centre reception or call to leave relevant details.

Thanks from Wheelchair Society

The Clonmel and District Wheelchair Society thanks everyone who supported their recent annual collection. Special thanks are extended to Vincent Walsh and his team from Carrick-on-Suir.

Cancer Support Centre Christmas cards

Christmas cards are on sale at the CARE Cancer Support Centre at 14, Wellington Street, Clonmel. A pack of six cards costs €5. The centre would be most grateful for your support and may be contacted at 052-6182667 or e-mail