The concert held at St. Oliver’s Church in Clonmel to celebrate the 30th anniversary of St. Oliver’s Parish was a major success.
More than 500 people attended and enjoyed a great night of musical celebration at the beginning of last month.
The groups that took part included The Gordonaires, Something To Sing About choir, Tipperary Ramblers, the Tipperary Gospel Choir and Liamie Doherty and the St. Christopher’s Folk Group from Carrick-on-Suir.
The organisers are very grateful to all those who contributed to the success of the event.
They included MC Brendan O’Mahony, who did a wonderful job; the Mayor of Clonmel Pat English and his wife Carol, who attended; those who catered and supplied the refreshments; the ticket sellers; the Gardai; Red Cross; the members of the Parish Community Employment Scheme; the volunteers who acted as stewards; The Nationalist, South Tipp Today and Tipp FM for publicising the concert; the neighbouring parishes of St. Mary’s and Ss Peter and Paul’s; and anyone else who helped in the organisation.
St. Oliver’s parish - drawing on areas of St. Mary’s, Ss Peter and Paul’s and Powerstown/Lisronagh - was officially formed on November 27 1983.
The parish started in St. Oliver’s school, which had been built the previous year, and which was the location for the first Masses, christenings and meetings. A year later it moved to the complex at Elm Park, thanks to a voluntary labour and fundraising drive that helped purchase the building from the Corporation and pay for renovations.
The site of the present church and parish centre, surrounded by Elm Park, Glenconnor and Honeyview Estate, was purchased in 1994 and the new church opened on December 1 1996.
The centre was officially opened in June 2012.
When it started the parish had 600 houses, a figure that has since risen to 1,024.