Clonmel news in brief

Marching Bands Finals at Rugby Club

Banna Chluain Meala is hoping for a large attendance at Clonmel Rugby Club on this Saturday, 8th September for the All-Ireland Marching Bands Competition Finals, when the Clonmel Bluehawks will compete for their fourth All-Ireland title in-a-row. Banna are delighted to host the finals for the first time in many years and will welcome bands from all over the country for a spectactular afternoon’s entertainment. The band is grateful to Clonmel Rugby Club for the use of their excellent facilities and to Clonmel Credit Union for their sponsorship. The competition commences at 2pm. The entry charge is E5 for adults, with children admitted free. We all have times of feeling overwhelmed by life, wondering how we can cope with all the responsibilities. Much of our stress comes from looking ahead to the future, which can cause anxiety; or dwelling in the past, remembering how things used to be.

Course that helps cope with life’s everyday pressures

Mindfulness is about paying attention to what you are doing as you are doing it. This helps you to get more out of what you have rather than constantly waiting for life to improve in order to feel happy.

The Mindfulness course, an 8-week course that starts on Wednesday, 19th September will give you a set of skills to help you understand and manage the things that are contributing to stress, anxiety, depression and exhaustion and getting in the way of greater happiness, peace and ease.

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Flower Club

The next meeting of Clonmel Flower Club will take place in the Clonmel Park Hotel on Tuesday, September 11th at 8pm.This is a work night and the titles of the club competitions are Beginners: Orange Glow, 60 cms; Intermediate: Season, 60 cms; Advanced: Fireworks, 66 cms.

The guest speaker is Pat from the Honey Pot who will give a talk on herbal remedies.

New members are always welcome and tuition is given at each meeting by the president, Mildred Stokes, who also gives a demonstration for visitors and beginners.

Swimming Club AGM

Clonmel Swimming Club’s annual general meeting will be held on Monday, 24th September in the Band Hall, Mick Delahunty Square at 7.30pm. Enrolment will take place from 7pm.

Lourdes Invalid Fund

A coffee morning will be held in the Friary Hall next Tuesday, September 11th from 10.30am in aid of the Franciscan Lourdes Invalid Fund. Your support would be appreciated for this worthy cause.

Old Bridge FC

Well done to the Old Bridge soccer team who drew 3-3 with Clonmel Town at the Dr. Pat O’Callaghan Complex on Sunday to stay joint top of the TSDL Premier League. The goals came from Emmet Johnson (2) and Emmet Ryan. Their next match is another Clonmel derby at home to Wilderness Rovers on this Sunday (9th) at 3pm.

Horticultural Society

The Horticultural Society is delighted to have Mary Waldron for its September guest lecture. Mary is a regular contributor to the Irish Garden Magazine, with a beautiful garden. Her lecture is entitled “good plants make a good garden”. This is not to be missed and will be held at the Clonmel Park Hotel this evening, Wednesday, 5th September at 8pm. All are welcome.

Ladies Hockey resumes

Clonmel Ladies Hockey Club welcomes new players for the 2012/2013 season. With three teams in the Munster Leagues, there’s something to suit everyone. Beginners are welcome as coaching will be provided. Training is held in Rockwell College at 7.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Just come along or for more information phone Dawn at 085-7705980. Junior training dates have yet to be confirmed.

Players like to let their hair down too so after their first league matches on Saturday, 29th September join them as they join Just Johnny in O’Keeffe’s at 9pm.


The Clonmel Scout Group thanks the public for their generosity at last weekend’s church gate collection.

The Scouts’ 50th year of the annual camp, held in Fethard-on-Sea, was a great success. Past members were invited to the camp and here’s to another 50 years.

Most sections will be back with their meetings in the next week or so. Anyone wishing to join should check the meeting night as some sections have waiting lists.

Set dancing classes

Set dancing classes will resume on Wednesday, 19th September in St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Irishtown. Classes for beginniners, which are suitable for first-time learners or those who need a refresher course, start at 7.30. These will be followed by the regular class at 8.30pm. Classes will be taught by Philip Ryan. For further information contact 087-6365661.

Ladies choir seeks new members

The Gloryday Singers (a ladies choir) under the baton of acclaimed musical director Kevin O’Carroll are currently seeking new members. Originally a gospel choir, they have branched out into more contemporary music. Telephone Mary Hunter on 086-3606441 for further information.

Wheelchair Society collection

Clonmel and District Wheelchair Society are holding their annual door-to-door collection during September. Your support would be gratefully appreciated.

Mother and Baby Group

The Mother and Baby Group meets every Monday from 2–3pm, excluding Bank Holidays.

The group is facilitated by Community Mothers and held in the Clonmel Community Resource Centre, Kickham Street.

All mothers and babies are welcome. For further enquiries please contact Jill on 052-6128199.