Banna Chluain Meala are taking part in the Rotary Club's free Band Spectacular at Kickham Barracks, Clonmel on Sunday afternoon September 23
As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, Clonmel Rotary Club, in co-operation with the civic authorities and Banna Chluain Meala, are hosting a free Band Spectacular in Kickham Barracks, Clonmel on Sunday, September 23.
Proceedings will commence at 2.30pm with a march by the participating bands - Banna Chluain Meala, Dr. O’Hurley Pipe Band, the Artane Band and the Band of An Garda Siochana - from the South Tipperary GAA Centre on the Western Road through the town to Kickham Barracks, where they will perform from approximately 3-5pm.
The MC will be Niall Carroll of Lyric FM and the event is supported by Tipperary County Council, the Civil Defence, the Gardaí and Banna Chluain Meala.
Other organisations assisting include South Tipperary GAA Centre, South Tipperary Arts Centre, the Education and Training Board (ETB) and local sponsors, James Whelan Butchers.
This is the first time the bands involved will have performed together anywhere in Ireland. A local organising committee has been busy planning for the event under the direction of Rotary member Billy Doyle.
The event is primarily planned as a thank you to the people of Clonmel and surrounding areas for their support for the various projects organised by Rotary at local, national and international level.
At local level, Rotary supports a number of organisations that include South Tipperary Hospice, St. Vincent de Paul, Funded Housing in South Tipperary (FHIST), the Day Care Centre, South Tipperary Autism Group, schools youth activities (Youth Leadership programme, Young Writers competition, Young Photographers competition), Cancer CARE support centre, Knocklofty Rehab Care support group and Clonmel Men's Shed.
At national level Rotary supports Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Special Olympics Ireland and the Bikes for Africa Project. At international level Rotary is a lead partner with the Bill Gates foundation in the eradication of polio worldwide.
The current president of Rotary Clonmel is Joe O’Sullivan, who is enthusiastically leading the events planned to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Rotary in Clonmel.