Clonmel Enterprise Town expo strikes a positive note

Electric and inspiring atmosphere

Enterprise Town

101 year-old John Walsh cut the tape to officially open the Bank of Ireland's Enterprise Town Also included are former Tipperary hurling manager Liam Sheedy, Rene Duggan and Maurette Hanlon, BoI.

There was a large attendance on Friday evening last at the Loreto Secondary School for the Bank Of Ireland expo Enterprise Town, with 140 exhibitors from all sectors of business and community represented.

"The atmosphere was electric and it was inspiring to see so many businesses and community groups coming together to showcase Clonmel", says Rene Duggan, Bank of Ireland branch manager in Clonmel.

Clonmel Enterprise Town

Above: Guest Speaker Mary Kennedy chatting to Joan O'Sullivan and Pauline Lynch at the Enterprise Town Expo

"The amazing display of community spirit showed why Clonmel is such a great place to live and do business", she said.

Rene Duggan delivered the opening speech and the ribbon to officially open the expo was cut by 101 year-old John Walsh.

John expressed his gratitude and said he “felt honoured to be chosen for the role". He explained that it was emotional for him to revisit the Loreto school, as his two daughters were educated there.

The opening performance of “Bring Him Home” by Yvonne Murphy of the Loreto School was very well received.

Former Tipperary hurling manager Liam Sheedy, of Bank of Ireland, presented prizes to Biz World students from the Presentation Primary school and certificate students from the High School, Presentation Secondary School, Loreto Secondary School and Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn.

The performance by Dayl Cronin of Dancing With The Stars fame and the On Your Toes Dance Academy was spectacular and energetic.

RTE presenter Mary Kennedy received a great reception and expertly hosted a very interesting Business Panel discussion.

She visited a large number of stands and was blown away by the high standard of all exhibits, as well as the friendship and welcome extended to her by all.

Entertainment was provided by the Junk Kouture Taste of Fashion from the Presentation Secondary School and the Patrician Presentation Secondary School in Fethard, and the closing music on Friday night was played by Uproar.

Saturday was also a huge success, with over 80 exhibitors and representation from business, community and all sports clubs.

Clonmel Enterprise Town

Above: With the McCarthy Cup were Sgt Kieran O'Regan, Mayor Andy Moloney, Rene Duggan Bank of Ireland, Michael Ryan Tipperary SH manager, Seamus Ryan Acting principal Loreto

JW Productions opened with Music from West End Shows and Sports Panel discussions followed, with representation from all the local secondary schools.

There was also an excellent Senior Sports panel discussion with Denis Leamy, the former Irish Rugby International ; champion boxer Shauna O'Keeffe, Gaelic Football All Star Declan Browne, Tipperary hurling manager Michael Ryan and champion racewalker Evan Lynch. This discussion was chaired by Stephen Gleeson.

A performance by the Clonmel Majorettes was followed by Andrew Laste, EMTS and Red Cross, with some very valuable and educational First Aid demonstrations, including CPR. The closing music was performed by Third Wheel.

"The atmosphere throughout the two days was electric, with a great air of positivity and requests for a further similar event", says Rene Duggan.

"There was great networking between businesses, with a large number of referrals for our local business community", she added.

There was also fantastic entertainment for all including children with face painting and Uncle Mike's Pet World, where the tortoise was a big hit with young and old alike.