Old Bridge re-opening will be gala occasion

Residents and businesses are relieved and delighted that the Old Bridge has re-opened after the flood relief works. Unfortunately one of the glass panels showing the local river heritage was vandalised the weekend before last. Hopefully it can be replaced in time for the official opening of the bridge on Sunday, 23rd September. This event is being organised by the Old Bridge committee, in co-operation with Clonmel Borough Council and the OPW, and will run from 4-6pm. Banna Chluain Meala will start proceedings, leading up to the official ribbon-cutting ceremony on the bridge, followed by music and family entertainment on the green, including a demonstration by pupils of the Dance Centre. All residents are very welcome, especially past committee members.

Residents and businesses are relieved and delighted that the Old Bridge has re-opened after the flood relief works. Unfortunately one of the glass panels showing the local river heritage was vandalised the weekend before last. Hopefully it can be replaced in time for the official opening of the bridge on Sunday, 23rd September. This event is being organised by the Old Bridge committee, in co-operation with Clonmel Borough Council and the OPW, and will run from 4-6pm. Banna Chluain Meala will start proceedings, leading up to the official ribbon-cutting ceremony on the bridge, followed by music and family entertainment on the green, including a demonstration by pupils of the Dance Centre. All residents are very welcome, especially past committee members.

The prizes for the garden competition will be presented afterwards on the green. The winners of the competion are Best Overall - Martin and Anne Ryan, 8 Roaring Spring Road; Best Lawn - Mr. and Mrs. English, 9 Glenegad Road; Best Small Garden - Krystyna Pieczorka, 7, St. Bernadette Terrace; Best Container Garden - Sharon Crean, 8 Roaring Springs; Most Colourful - Mr. and Mrs. Collins, 2, St. Kevin’s Terrace; and Best Use of Limited Space - Marion O’Dwyer, Comrie, Glenegad Road.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Tommy O’Sullivan, who died recently.

Wheelchair Society collection

Clonmel and District Wheelchair Society are holding their annual door-to-door collection during September. Your support would be gratefully appreciated.

High School Parents Council AGM

The AGM of the High School Parents Council takes place in the High School atrium next Wednesday, 19th September at 8pm. All parents/guardians are invited to attend.

The guest speaker is Chris Lyons (from McAfee Ireland) who will give a presentation about online safety for students. This is a very relevant and important topic so it is hoped that there will be a large attendance on the night.

Whist drive

A whist drive will be held at the Sisters of Charity School Hall, Mary Street, Clonmel at 7.45pm on this Friday, September 14th.

Peaks Mountaineering Club

The club has returned to the mountains. The weather was changeable on Sunday in the Galtees and the noon walk, led by Kaye Mullaney, got the walk completed before the change became a problem. Weather changes on the mountains, especially when up high, can be sudden and require a change of outer gear. Kaye, assisted by Joe O’Dwyer and Anthony Doyle, led her walk from the old hostel at Ballydavid.

Walks on this Sunday, 16th are in the Knockmealdown range and ordnance map no. 74 should be brought if you have one. The leaders are Greg Kenny and Miriam Joyce for the 10am walk, with Flan Real and Noel Maher leading the noon walk. All walks start from Eldon’s and bring the winter gear, as four seasons in one day is often the norm. The annual general meeting of the Peaks Club takes place on this Thursday night, 13th September in the Resource Centre, Kickham Street, Clonmel at 8pm. Annual subscriptions can also be paid on the night and new members are always welcome. More club details, including away walks, can be checked by accessing the website at www.peaksmcclonmel.ie

Table quiz for Day Care Centre

A table quiz in aid of the Day Care Centre for the Elderly in Irishtown will be held in Liam Daly’s at 8.30pm on Thursday, 20th September. Tables of four cost E20.

Clonmel Widows Association

The Association’s next meeting will be held in the Friary Hall next Tuesday, 18th September from 3 to 5pm. Teas will be served, bingo will be played and new members are welcome.

Set dancing classes

Set dancing classes will resume on Wednesday, 19th September in St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Irishtown. Classes for beginniners, which are suitable for first-time learners or those who need a refresher course, start at 7.30. These will be followed by the regular class at 8.30pm. Classes will be taught by Philip Ryan. For further information contact 087-6365661.

Workmen’s Boat Club

The Workmen’s Boat Club extend a big thank you to everyone who contributed to their recent annual flag day. The club has a special place in Clonmel and, founded in 1883, has been in existence for more than 100 years, serving the community during that time. This tradition is continued into the present with the club involved in many activities. One of the best known is the Chernobyl river night when members bring all the kids and also the adults on boat trips up the river, which is hugely enjoyed by everyone. The club is also involved in many other water-based activities and welcomes new members at any time. In the club house members have built and repaired boats. Recently they added a new state of-the-art workshop and boat store to cater for members’ needs. All the activities are funded by the annual flag day and they also thank the businesses that allow them access to collect. The club has a website at www.riversuir.ie and more details are available by contacting the PRO on 086-2937220. Intending members are always welcome to come and see the club in Irishtown.

Scouts

While one or two groups have already returned from the summer break the rest of the groups will be back this week and next week -

Beavers (6 – 9 years old) - first Beavers on Tuesday night, 18th, 32nd Beaver Wednesday night, 19th;

Cubs (9 – 12 years old) - 1st and 4th Cubs on Monday night, 17th, 22nd Cubs Thursday night, 12th;

Scouts (12 – 15 years old) - 1st and 4th Scouts on Thursday night, 13th, 22nd Scouts on Monday night, 17th;

Venturers (15 – 18 years old) - 1st Venturers on Wednesday night, 12th.

For new potential members please check with the groups before going down on the night as some groups have waiting lists.

Powerstown/Lisronagh Comhaltas

Powerstown Lisronagh Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann, having had a very successful year, took a break for the summer months but are now organising themselves to begin again. Enrolment for singing, dancing and instrumental music will take place this Friday, 14th September from 6-7pm in the hall of Ss Peter and Paul’s School in Kickham Street, Clonmel. The following Friday, 21st, classes resume in the following disciplines - step dancing and set dancing for children, sean-nós dancing for adults and teenagers, tin whistle, fiddle, concertina, banjo and bodhran for beginners and improvers of all ages. More advanced players will join Michael Harty’s group. The branch also runs a successful children’s singing group. The branch holds informal sessions on a Friday evening for all ages and abilities, as well as on a periodic basis in the Halfway House in Rathronan. They’re looking forward to seeing the branch members improve and thrive during the coming weeks and months. For further information please contact Nell or Paul McCarthy on 052-6125944 or 086-0638266.

Toastmasters

Are you looking to take up something different? Gain self-confidence by learning how to speak in public and break through the speech barrier this autumn by coming along to a Toastmasters meeting and seeing for yourself what Toastmasters can do for you.

Toastmasters International is a worldwide organisation with a proven method to help you develop both speaking and leadership skills. As well as personal development, you will be entertained and watch participants hone their skills in learn-by-doing workshops. It is also an opportunity to make new friends, relax and enjoy an evening out.

Clonmel Toastmasters is recommencing after the summer break. The first meeting will take place on this Thursday, 13th September at 8pm in the Clonmel Park Hotel. Guests are most welcome. The club meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month. For more information contact Mick White at 086-4038587 or visit online at http://clonmeltoastmasters.toastmastersclubs.org

South Tipperary Art Group

Junior South Tipperary Art Group (STAG) has just 4 places left in the Primary section, 9 years to 6th Class. The Senior Section, 1st Year to Leaving Certs is now full. There is a waiting list in operation now for the next art session, which will commence after the mid-term break in November. 34 seniors were out and about drawing outside Clonmel Library last Saturday, with some great results. Well done to all and welcome to their new tutor Julie, who got a baptism of fire on the first day of Junior STAG for the Autumn season.

Please note the change of venue for the seniors, who will meet at the South Tipperary Arts Centre, Nelson Street, Clonmel (opposite the Courthouse) at 10.30 sharp from now on. The Primary section of Junior STAG will meet at the Art Room, Infant School, behind Ss. Peter and Paul’s Primary School as usual every Saturday at 10.30 sharp.

The STAG Adult Art Group returned last Tuesday night at 7.30pm to the Art Room behind Ss. Peter and Paul’s Primary School. It was quite a relief for many of the artists to be back in harness again as with the summer weather having been so poor very little painting was done en plein air. New members are always welcome on any Tuesday night. Those needing beginners or refresher’s classes can contact Dolores at 086-0841280 or the Arts Centre at 052-6127877 for classes with Ann.

The STAG exhibition in the Arts Centre has finally closed, with nearly 200 visitors over the last 7 weeks. STAG paintings are most suitable as wedding and birthday presents, retirement gifts, captain and president’s prizes and as mementoes for those living abroad. Paintings can be bought at any time by calling into those premises where they’re displayed or by contacting the Organiser Maureen Purcell at 086-8096823.

Museum workshop

A workshop entitled Autumn, suitable for 6-12 year-olds, will be held at the County Museum in Clonmel from 11am-12 noon on this Saturday, 15th. The admission is E3 and booking is essential.

Swimming Club AGM

Clonmel Swimming Club’s annual general meeting will be held on Monday, 24th September in the Band Hall, Mick Delahunty Square at 7.30pm. Enrolment will take place from 7pm.

Whist at the Bridge Centre

Whist will be played at Clonmel Bridge Centre, Cashel Road at 2.30 on this Sunday, 16th.