Premises sought for Christmas Shoebox Appeal

The Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal is appealing to all businesses in clonmel for the use of an unused warehouse or empty building that could be used as a depot for this year’s Christmas Shoebox appeal. If you can help us with this, please contact Sarah Cullinan at 087-6353566.

The Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal is appealing to all businesses in clonmel for the use of an unused warehouse or empty building that could be used as a depot for this year’s Christmas Shoebox appeal. If you can help us with this, please contact Sarah Cullinan at 087-6353566.

High School Parents Council AGM

The AGM of the High School Parents Council takes place in the High School atrium this evening, Wednesday, 19th, at 8pm. All parents/guardians are invited to attend.

The guest speaker is Chris Lyons (from McAfee Ireland) who will give a presentation about online safety for students. This is a very relevant and important topic so it is hoped that there will be a large attendance at the meeting.

Table quiz for Day Care Centre

A table quiz in aid of the Day Care Centre for the Elderly in Irishtown will be held in Liam Daly’s at 8.30pm on this Thursday, 20th September. Tables of four cost €20.

Set dancing classes

Set dancing classes will resume this evening, Wednesday, 19th, 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.

Lourdes pilgrimage

Brother Isidore, OFM, the Franciscan Community, the Secular Franciscan Order and the Franciscan Lourdes Invalid Group thank most sincerely all those who supported the recent coffee morning; those who supported the church gate collection and those who left donations at the Friary Office. Those contributions helped send three invalids from the area to Lourdes who otherwise would have been unable to travel. The bus taking the pilgrims to Shannon for the flight to Lourdes will leave from outside the GAA Centre, Clonmel on this Saturday, 22nd at 5.30am. Anyone who would like petitions to be left at Our Lady’s Shrine in Lourdes may drop them into the Friary Office before this Friday, 21st.

Swimming Club AGM

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

South Tipperary Arts Centre

A new exhibition Made in Tipp opened on Tuesday with high quality artwork on display by 25 craftworkers Tipperary. The exhibition will run until Tuesday, 9th October and will be open during Arts Centre Hours, Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 12 noon to 4pm. Admission is free. Artwork includes Soft Sculpture, Creative Woodturning, Textiles, Ironwork, Creative Felting, Ceramics, Stone Sculpture, Carving, Jewellery, Batik, Knitting, Crochet, Stained Glass, Lace, Needlework, Rushwork and Calligraphy. Many of the items are for sale and commissions will be taken also.

There are art/craft classes for children from age 6 to 10 after school from Tuesdays to Fridays with Georgina and Elke, starting this week and continuing up to the mid-term break. Contact the Arts Centre at 052-6127877 to book a place as only a few places are left in two of the classes.

The Arts Centre will run classes for children from 4 to 6 years if there is interest. Contact the reception.

There are several morning Beginner’s Classes for Adults in Basic Sewing and Decorating Fabric, Film Making and Cartoons, Interior Design and Oil and Acrylic Painting. Contact the reception for details and times of the classes at 052-6127877.

The new confirmed date for the Jimmy Crowley, Folk and Trad Gig in the Arts Centre is Thursday, 18th October. Tickets will be available from the reception next week at €10 for adults, €8 for students, unwaged and seniors.

The Arts Centre is also organising a sugarcraft/cake decoration demo, a second gig, a weekend art course for adults and a photo competition for young people, all dates to be confirmed. For the children there will be a magician, balloon man and facepainting on Saturday, 27th October.

It is hoped to have the website up and running shortly, as well as a new Facebook page.

Cancer Support Centre

If you have you been affected by cancer, or if you support or care for someone who has cancer you’re invited to visit the C.A.R.E. Cancer Support Centre at 14, Wellington Street, Clonmel.

Whether you have just been diagnosed, are currently undergoing medical treatment, or even if you have completed your treatment you will be very welcome. You will find a calm and relaxing environment where you can take time to explore what the centre has to offer. All the services are completely free and are available to anyone affected by cancer.

Up-to-date information and practical advice is offered, as well as emotional support. A wide range of inspiring and therapeutic courses and classes are also offered as well as one-to-one sessions in Reflexology, Massage, Angel Therapy, Counselling and Life Coaching. Group classes in Yoga, Tai Chi, Art, Meditation and Mindfulness are also held.

Whatever stage of your journey you are at there is someone at the centre to help and advise you, or simply to listen.

The C.A.R.E. Centre is a registered charity which is entirely funded by voluntary contributions. Its qualified and experienced staff and therapists generously volunteer their time and expertise to offer a range of treatments and courses. The service is totally confidential. The centre is open from Monday to Friday from 10am-1pm, tel. 052-6182667; e-mail

Place 4U Community Cafe

The Place 4U Community Cafe at Morton Street, Clonmel is open from Monday to Friday, 10am to 12.30pm. Tea, coffee, scones and snacks are available daily.

Ceramics – Paint A Mug, every Thursday at 10am and running for 6 weeks. A contribution of E2 per class is requested to cover the cost of materials. Mugs will be decorated and then glazed and fired.

Family Tree Genealogy – Tuesday mornings at 11am except 25th September and 2nd October.

Book Club (free) – This is held on the last Monday of every month.

Memoir Writing Workshop (free) – These classes will recommence in September.

Craft Classes (free) –  10 – 11am every Monday.

Art Classes (free) – 10 am every Wednesday.

Friendly Yoga (minimal charge) - recommencing in September.

Card Game (free) – recommencing in September.

An Irish Corner for those who wish to practice their cupla focail is held every Thursday morning at 11am.   Beidh failte roimh gach duine.

Bring a book – take a book, whereby you donate a book and take one of the books available.

Computer Classes are ongoing from Tuesday – Friday. The waiting list is currently closed.

Tales4U - storytelling is starting soon, enquire in cafe. Free WiFi is also available.

Clonmel Bridge Club

An open night will be held from 6-7pm at the Bridge Centre, Cashel Road on Monday, 1st October. New members are welcome to come and meet members of the Clonmel Bridge Club and enjoy light refreshments. Further information is available from Dolores at 052-6121675.

South Tipperary Art Group

In last week’s paper we reported that nearly 200 people viewed the STAG Art Exhibition in the South Tipperary Arts Centre over seven weeks. This should have read that 894 visitors viewed the xxhibition. Congratulations to STAG’s great watercolourist Paddy O’Shea whose painting of Ceoltoiri won the Best in Show award as voted by the public.

Many thanks to Ronnie Corbett from Cluain Training and Enterprise Group who sponsored a copper plaque won by Avril White at the exhibition.

The Adult members of STAG have paintings on display in the studio, upstairs in the Arts Centre at Nelson Street, Clonmel. The opening hours are from Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and on Saturday from 12 noon to 4pm. Admission is free. More artwork may be viewed in the AIB, O’ Connell Street; Befani’s Restaurant, Sarsfield Street; the Motor Tax Office, Emmet Street and, at The Poppyfields, all in Clonmel; and in Lily Mai’s Cafe, Blarney Woollen Mills, Dove Hill, Carrick-on-Suir, all for sale at reasonable prices. Contact the Organiser Maureen Purcell at 086-8096823 to purchase a STAG artwork or for any other information.

A welcome is extended to three new members in the Adult Art Section. STAG also is delighted to welcome back one of the former members, Eamonn, whose presence will tip the gender balance another bit. Congrats to Dolores who sold a big oil painting of the Rock of Cashel during the week to a lady who lives in Dublin to remind her of her home town of Cashel. All members are asked to call into the Arts Centre, Nelson Street, Clonmel, during the next two and-a-half weeks to see the exquisite craftwork on display in the exhibition Made in Tipp.

Membership is now closed in Junior STAG’s Primary Section (9 years to 6th Class) and the Senior Section (1st Year to Leaving Cert). Next Saturday 1st Years must attend the Art Room, Ss Peter and Paul’s Infant School instead of the Arts Centre.

Eight Primary members went to the County Museum with tutor Claire for an Autumn workshop last Saturday and had a great time. Tutors Audrey and Bobby worked with the remaining 26 young artists.

The Seniors were very busy drawing with pastels and generally getting very messy in the Arts Centre last Saturday under their new tutor Julie. Hopefully the Seniors will now realise that they must wear old clothes when coming to STAG in future. On this coming Saturday it’s hoped to welcome a former Junior STAG member Karol O’Loughlin (now based in London) who will work with the Seniors for part of their class. The Seniors will need to be familiar with some famous artists and will need to give some thought to what careers they envisage for themselves when they leave school.