Clonmel News in Brief...

School band celebrates 20th anniversary with special events

School band celebrates 20th anniversary with special events

Ss Peter and Paul’s school will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the school band with two events this term. The boys are very excited to have the opportunity to perform with Banna Chluain Meala in a very special concert, which takes place on this Friday, May 24 in the school hall at 2pm. Then on Tuesday, June 11, the Army Band will give a recital in the school, culminating with a joint performance.

Call the school secretary on 052-6121964 for more information.

Suicide Bereavement Support Group

A support group for anyone in South Tipperary over 18 who has been bereaved by suicide meets in the Clonmel Community Resource Centre, Kickham Street, Clonmel. The next meeting will be held on Monday, 10th June at 7.30pm. For further information please contact Catherine Fahey at 086-8328709.

This group is supported by the HSE and the Regional Suicide Resource Office.

Cine Club’s autism fundraiser

Clonmel Cine Club are hosting a special fundraising film screening at the County Museum on this Thursday, May 23 in aid of St Mary’s Preschool Autism Unit in Clonmel. The film is ‘Angel’s Share’, directed by Ken Loach. Doors open at 7pm and the film starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost just €10 (including refreshments).

The Spring/Summer season for Clonmel Cine Club is drawing to a close with one scheduled film remaining - ‘Your Sister’s Sister’ will screen on Thursday, June 13, and there will be a break until September.

Check out Clonmel Cine Club on Facebook for all the updates and info or e-mail

The Friary hosts St. Anthony’s Novena

The Novena in honour of St. Anthony of Padua will be held from 4th-12th June at The Friary. The preacher will be Fr. Michael Duffy, OFM.CAP.

Masses and novena prayers will be celebrated and recited on weekdays at 10am and 7.30pm, on Saturdays at 10am and 7pm and on Sundays at 11.30am.

Special prayers and the blessing of the sick will be held at 5pm on Friday, 7th June. On Thursday, 13th June, the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua, Mass (along with the blessing of lillies) will be celebrated at 10am and 7.30pm. The blessing of children will be held on the same day at 4pm. All are welcome.

Church choir seeks new members

Do you like singing? If so why not come along to St. Mary’s Boy’s School, Irishtown, on Thursday evenings at 8pm, where the members of St. Mary’s Church Choir will give you a warm and friendly welcome.

Are you a soprano, alto, tenor or bass/baritone? If so, and you can hold a note, then the welcome mat will be rolled out for you.

The choir sings at 12 noon Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Irishtown, every Sunday. Practice is held on Thursday evenings in St. Mary’s Boys School, Irishtown at 8pm.

Church gate collection

The annual church gate collection in aid of Cystic Fibrosis will be taken up at all masses in Clonmel this weekend, 25th and 26th May. Your generosity would be appreciated.

Breast cancer survivors paddle their own canoe

Suir Dragon Paddlers, a group of breast cancer survivors took to the water after only 6 training sessions and took part in their first regatta in Athy on May 5. They were up against tough competition but did really well and their manager Tino Castineira was very proud of them. It was a great, fun- filled day and everyone really enjoyed it. They are all really excited and can’t wait for the next regatta, which they hope will be held in the next few weeks.

The group is looking for new members to come and join the eam. For more information please contact Elaine on 086-0871645, C.A.R.E (Cancer Support Centre) on 052-6182667 or look them up on Facebook for pictures and information at Suir Dragon Paddlers – CRC.

Whist at the Bridge Centre

The final whist session of the season at Clonmel Bridge Centre, Cashel Road will be held on this Sunday, May 26th at 2.30pm. Lots of prizes will be on offer.

South Tipp Art Group

South Tipp Art Group (STAG) Adult artists have just two weeks to their 45th Annual Art Exhibition in Clonmel Library. Artwork is now being completed for the exhibition on Tuesday nights in the Art Room, Ss Peter and Paul’s Primary School, Kickham Street, Clonmel. Because of the closure of Clonmel Library during the June Bank Holiday, all details of artworks for the exhibition must be in to the Organiser Maureen Purcell on Tuesday night, 28th May. Artworks for the exhibition, ready to hang, must be dropped into the Library on Friday, 31st from 4pm to 5pm only, as the Library is closed on Saturday, June 1st and Monday, 3rd.

The exhibition will be officially opened by the Mayor, Cllr. Billy Shoer at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 4th June. All former and present STAG members are welcome and the launch is open to the public also.

Junior STAG’s Primary section (9 years to 6th Class) has had music added to their Art/Craft class each Saturday morning. Seven pupils at a time attend the Fun Through Music workshop at the 11.30 session, which runs in the South Tipperary Arts Centre in Nelson Street, Clonmel from 10.15 each Saturday morning. As the young people love this added string to their bow it has been decided to continue to bring them to the music workshop for the next few weeks as the workshop is ongoing. The Batik with Lesley is almost complete now and the work is so good it will be suitable for framing.

The Seniors completed their designs for the crests for Festival Cluain Meala, which takes place in August. The painting of the shields will take place next Saturday with the Seniors in the County Museum from 11 to 1pm. This workshop is open to none member teens also. Seniors are requested to attend at the Arts Centre at 10.30am first.

Rugby Club summer camp

Clonmel Rugby Club’s multi-sport summer camp takes place at the club from Monday, 8th to Friday, 12th July.

Following on from last year’s highly successful camp, the club expects a big turnout again this year. All of last year’s participants went home happy and tired each day.Boys and girls from the ages of 6-15 are welcome.

Registration will be held each morning from 9am, with warm-ups starting at 9.30. The camp will run until 2.30. Application forms may be downloaded from the club website or by e-mail from Further information is available from 087-3724394.

Township fundraiser at Shenanigan’s

A fundraiser will take place in Shenanigan’s Pub (formerly Gerry Brennan’s on Thomas Street), Clonmel on Saturday week, June 1 in aid of the Niall Mellon Township Trust, which will raise money to build schools in Kenya. Music is by The Pearly Whites. Tickets cost €10 and may be purchased in Shenanigan’s Pub, Premier Music in O’Connell Street or call Paul on 087-3858031.