The Mayor of Clonmel Pat English has launched a very welcome addition to the social and community life in the town - the Clonmel Table Quiz League, which will run over 10 nights in 10 different hostelries between the end of November and the end of March.
The prize fund is €1000 for the winners and €500 for the runners-up. On each night there will also be winners and runners-up prizes, making it a very attractive community event. All clubs, organisations, groups, individuals and local businesses are invited to enter teams.
The quiz is being organised by Cumann Tobar Naomh Padraig, who in recent years have organised the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Clonmel, as well as looking after the care and maintenance of St Patrick’s Well. Half of all the proceeds raised will go towards the parade and Well maintenance fund.
The Mayor said that great progress had been made by the organisers and the Borough Council in recent years in improving the St Patrick’s Day Parade. He hoped that the proceeds of the event would ensure that this progress would continue in 2014 and beyond. He also thanked the Vintners Association for putting their shoulder to the wheel.
Cllr. English said that St. Patrick’s Well was a wonderful amenity. The society was to be commended for the manner in which it is maintained, and the care its members give freely to its upkeep.
Richie Gleeson, chairman of the Clonmel and District Vintners Association said that the parade and the Well were integral parts of the fabric of Clonmel. Events like the quiz were fun, social occasions and brought people together in a common cause.
PJ Long of Cumann Tobar Naomh Padraig said that recently the parade had been supported solely by the Borough Council and Cumann Tobar Naomh Padraig. If it was to continue to grow and prosper a broader base of support had to be achieved. He thanked the publicans for coming on board with this initiative.
Letters of invitation to participate in the quiz will be sent to all business and voluntary groups, asking for their support.