Major restoration planned for Clonmel's famed White Memorial Theatre

Major restoration planned for Clonmel's famed White Memorial Theatre

Society to start fundraising for restoration work to theatre

                    A new season is off to great start for the members of Clonmel’s St. Mary’s Choral Society, after an information night for their upcoming pantomime “Aladdin” was held in the White Memorial Theatre.  

Panto Director Kevin Fahey spoke on the night and gave new and returning members an insight of the plans for the upcoming show and how he hoped it would be one of the funniest to date which will include over ninety children in the junior chorus.  

Chairperson Diarmuid Vaughan spoke about plans that the committee has to fundraise for the restoration of The White Memorial Theatre. 

Previously known as the Forresters Hall, it was used as a paper store for The Nationalist Newspaper before being bought by St. Mary’s Choral Society. 

It was designed and built in 1843 by William Tinsley at a cost of £600. Home to St. Mary’s Choral Society since being purchased by the society in 1975,

 The White Memorial Theatre has proved its versatility and showed its vital position within the community. 

The years have seen numerous organisations using the facilities of the theatre. In addition to St. Mary’s two annual productions, On Your Toes Dance Academy, Creative Minds, Clonmel Theatre Guild are just a few local groups that use the theatre as the venue for their productions each year. 

The C.B.S High School/Presentation Secondary School annual production is also staged in the White every October. The White Memorial Theatre is now Clonmel’s only functional theatre, holding a vital place in the community. 

To keep the White Memorial Theatre at the heart of the community, St. Mary’s Choral Society is currently in the midst of restoring this historic building and will engage in numerous fundraisers throughout the year. 

Committee members are currently putting plans in place to hold a “Mr & Mrs” competition. 

Society Secretary Michelle Smith spoke about her excitement for the busy year ahead, “Although we will be busy with our annual two productions, we are very exciting to get the fundraising underway to bring back the White to its former glory. 

“That’s our mission and all committee members are very enthusiastic about it.” 

Details about the Mr & Mrs night will be in next week’s issue of The Nationalist.