Irishtown, clonmel -
A traditional business community that has moved with the times

The close-knit business community of Irishtown lies nestled beyond the arch of The Westgate in Clonmel and it’s a place where a warm welcome is always guaranteed. Irishtown is sure to please whether you are a discerning shopper looking for that special bargain or seasoned foodie looking for a great dining experience.

The close-knit business community of Irishtown lies nestled beyond the arch of The Westgate in Clonmel and it’s a place where a warm welcome is always guaranteed. Irishtown is sure to please whether you are a discerning shopper looking for that special bargain or seasoned foodie looking for a great dining experience.

Many of the flagship businesses such as Paddy Millea’s and Hickey’s Bakery have led the way for new and emerging businesses within their community such as Tipperary Embroidery and Southview Vets.

Over the years many of the businesses have re-emerged in new and stronger formats. This is evident with Lemons Restaurant, which offers excellent value with that real bistro feel.

All of Irishtown’s businesses featured here are very much open for business and moving with the times. Be sure to tell them you read about them in The Nationalist when you drop in.

Noreen’s Hair Studio

Noreen and Laura will do their utmost to make you feel special and unique when you pop into them. Noreen has more than 16 years experience in the hair dressing business. The salon specialises in colouring, cutting, highlighting, body waving/perming , upstyling and children’s cutting at special prices.

The salon stocks Wella and Alfaparaf products. In these recessionary times, the salon runs special offers throughout the week totry and make things easier for its customers.

Why not pop in for a consultation. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all my customers for their loyal support since the salon opened.

Tipperary Embroidery

Tipperary Embroidery was established in 1995 and since the the company has been going from strength to strength.

This year the firm has expanded with extra embroidery machines and also a printing service.

Its customers include schools, businesses, sports centres, clubs and colleges. Tipperary Embroidery also offers personalised garments as gifts and the baby blankets are most popular. Its aim is to offer excellent quality workmanship with a personal service, catering for both large and small orders.

Lemons Restaurant

Lemons Restaurant at Upper Irishtown has been trading successfully for the past eight years, firstly as Brazil’s Cafe Bar under Michael Brazil and his late wife Helen and now with Liam McGrath and Monika Sokolowska.

The restaurant is open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch between 12.30pm and 3pm and dinner between 6pm to 8pm and up to 8.30pm Friday and Saturday. It deals only in locally sourced produce.

Lemons will also be opening for Sunday lunch within the coming weeks and gift vouchers are available in the bar. The proprietors would like to take this opportunity to thank their fantastically loyal customers for their continuing support and to Michael for all his help during this exciting time.

Yvonne’s Hair Salon

This salon based at the West Gate is approaching its 25th anniversary in business in Clonmel. It wishes to thank all its customers for their continued support over the years. Yvonne’s is stocking a new range of Revlon products and also introducing a new technique in hair colour called Baylage. For further information call to the salon for a free consultation.


Paddy Millea’s of Irishtown, Clonmel is now offering a complete room makeover .

Option 2 costs only €44.98. Fleetwood 1 x 6ltr of top quality pastel shades matt or soft sheen, 1 x3ltr ceiling paint, 1 x 1ltr super satin wood or non drip gloss, 1 x 10 piece everything but the paint set.

Stock clearance of wardrobe organisers were €79 now clearing at €29. Also stainless steel clothes airers costs €14.99. A Christmas club will open soon.

Westgate Antiques

If you want to buy a special gift for someone special, why not call to Westgate Antiques at 106 Irishtown, Clonmel, which has a selection of unusual and authentic gifts.

The selection is varied, with something to suit everyone’s pocket and all of the highest quality.

Nine carat gold rings, chains, lockets, fobs, bracelets, cuff links, tie bars and earrings are just an example of what’s on offer.

Other gift ideas include a selection of prints, silverware, brass, small furniture and bric-a-brac.

Christmas gifts can be secured with a deposit. Gift vouchers also available.

Buttefly Hair Salon

This hair salon is newly opened under the new management of Cleo O’Brien, who has more than 17 years experience in the business. Cleo previously worked at Hair Care in Cahir. There is fantastic special offers available every week. Monday special is a free cut with every colour; Tuesday special is a free hair treatment with every full head of hi-lites and on Wednesdays there is 10% off every colour. Also available are gents and kids cuts, father and son specials, 12 week blowdrys. Micro loop hair extension and nail tip hair extensions available. For free consultation telephone or text (085) 2052636 for appointment. Walk-ins also welcome. Check Butterfly Hair Salon out on Facebook.

Southview Veterinary Hospital

Alan Ahearne and Sarah Mitchell practising as Southview Veterinary Hospital have been located in Irishtown for more than 10 years.

The practice offers excellent veterinary care from its team of vets and nurses. It boasts state-of-the-art facilities including ultrasound, digital radiography and an in-house laboratory. The practice specialises in consultations, surgery, ultrasound and skin problems. Its services also include free nurse clinics, free puppy healthy checks, free senior checks and free weight clinics. We also offer dog training clinics, dog grooming and have a shop on site. Please phone to arrange for appointments or call in to speak to any member of staff.

Irishtown Auto 

Irishtown Auto Centre offers full diagnostics and servicing on all makes and models of cars, vans and 4 x 4’s including Volvo, Fiat, Mazda, Toyota, Citroen and more. Exhaust systems supplied and fitted. Oils and filters, shock absorbers, breaks, punctures repaired. NCT preparation also provided. It is now selling Cash & Carry Fuels including smokeless coal, briquettes, gas bottles. Irishtown Auto Centre also offer a full delivery service on all fuels. Oil and water tanks for sale.

Devane’s and Prego

Devane’s and Prego, Irishtown Clonmel is now serving traditional lunch daily from 12.30pm to 3 pm. Freshly baked stone baked pizzas are available all day. It has a large spacious beer garden and outdoor area and cater for all types of functions and parties. Now taking bookings for Christmas parties. Dart room also available. A warm welcom always awaits you when you come to Devane’s and Prego.

Irish Times Best Of Irish Shops 2012 - Hickey’s Bakery

Set snugly in the shadow of the West Gate in Clonmel, Hickey’s Bakery is as much a part of the town’s history as the old arch. Originally established in the 1900s, the store has been home to no less than four generations of Hickey bakers. The youngest of these, current owner and local entrepreneur Nuala Hickey, has been in the business for more than 20 years, and – judging by the amount of awards the bakery has garnered during her time there – she’s doing a good job.

“It’s about finding something new and interesting for the customer,” she says. While she acknowledges the “huge challenge” of being a sole trader in this economic climate, it’s clear her regulars are a saving grace.

“They’re a very loyal breed of people, we’re very lucky.” She’s not the only one feeling grateful – Hickey’s customers have been singing her praises for weeks, making sure we know about everything from the “old world charm” of the bakery to the affability of the patron herself.

“Nuala is a gregarious, witty and charming person,” says reader Miriam Halley, before adding, “you will always find someone to chat to here, any day of the week.” Chat, tea, cake – let’s not forget the food on offer. Traditional soda bread, pastries, full lunches and Hickey’s famous sliced pan made fresh in-store, are all accompaniments to what Cate McCarthy believes is “the best barm brack in Ireland.”

They share shelf-space with other locally made products: jams, sauces, crisps and apple juice, chilling in a corner fridge. The store has been recently renovated, and Crystal Halley sees it as proof of how the bakery “constantly evolves to meet their customers’ needs”.However much Hickey’s may change, the shop remains fixed as an institution in the minds of locals. Generations of bakers are not the only ones to find a home here. The store is a family affair on both sides, Karen Canty being part of one such family that has frequented the spot for years – and she reckons the “freshly made sandwiches are the best around”. Hickey does not easily accept praise. She credits her customers and her staff before herself. “Helen – she’s very personable to customers”, and the location “we have that lovely view of the mountains”. But Hickey’s is a special place, where Cate McCarthy claims “every visit feels like you’re having a cup of tea at a beloved granny’s house”, the bread comes in brown paper bags and “you can feel the history” when you walk in the door. As a caretaker of that history, and all the paintings, plates and packaging that goes with it, Nuala Hickey is doing well in the eyes of her customers. It’s clear they’ll be in for tea tomorrow, at any rate.


Dragon Palace, Irishtown offers an extensive menu of Chinese cuisine. It has a very relaxed ambience in a bright and airy setting. Excellent lunch menu served daily. A warm welcome awaits you from Brendan, Peggy and staff upon entering the restaurant.