Clonmel News in Brief

Clonmel Town FC hosts Timmy Hally Memorial Winter League

Clonmel Town FC hosts Timmy Hally Memorial Winter League

Clonmel Town FC’s annual soccer tournament, the Timmy Halley Memorial Winter League, will commence on either the last weekend in October or the first weekend in November. Games will be played on Friday and Saturday nights. The entrance fee is E100 per team and E50 per game. Any teams interested in entering the competition please contact P.J. O’Reilly on 085-7773366 or the Complex on 052-6126600.

Widows Association

The next meeting of the Clonmel Widows Association will take place in the Friary Hall next Tuesday, 16th October from 3 to 5pm. There will be a guest speaker and a raffle and teas will be served. New members are welcome.

Jimmy Crowley to perform at Arts Centre

A limited number of tickets is available from the South Tipperary Arts Centre for the gig that Cork folk/trad singer Jimmy Crowley will perform in the Arts Centre in Nelson Street, Clonmel on Thursday night, 18th October at 8pm. Ken Horne will play support from 7.30 pm. Admission is E10 for adults, concessions E8.

The exhibition Made in Tipp closed this week after a very successful three-week run at the Centre. The attendance for this exhibition was great and some works were sold and commissions were accepted also. The general public was very impressed by all the superb craft made by some 30 artists, including professional and artists, from South Tipperary. A special thanks to the maintenance man Danny Coppinger from the Arts Centre who did an excellent job curating a very diverse exhibition. Unfortunately we have to bid farewell to Danny as his time is up with the Arts Centre and he will officially leave on this Friday. He will be missed!

The next exhibition Tipperary Craft Gathering will be launched on this Thursday night at 7.30pm in the Arts Centre and all are welcome. This is an exhibition by five professional crafters from Tipperary - Rory Donohoe, gold and silversmith; Camelia Shanahan, knitwear; Claire Molloy, ceramics; Lindsey Critchley, jewellery and Elaine Brett, interior design. The exhibition will run for three weeks and will be open during Arts Centre hours - Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and Saturday 12 noon to 4pm. Admission is free. Contact the Arts Centre at 052-6127877 or the voluntary manager at 086-8096823 for more information.

It is hoped to organise more after-school children’s classes from 5 years up to 10 years after the mid-term break. Please let the Arts Centre know your preferred day and depending on demand an arts/craft class will be arranged. Adult art and craft classes can also be organised for any morning or afternoon, depending on demand. Please register your interest as soon as possible. The studio upstairs can be rented out either in the morning/afternoon or at night and cost is very affordable.

Keep fit for winter with road races

Clonmel Athletic Club is once again promoting its very successful 4k Road Race series. The series of six races gets underway on Wednesday, 31st October at 7pm. This series of races is an ideal opportunity for everyone to get and keep fit for the winter at their own pace in the company of other athletes, as these races cater for all levels of fitness from jogging to running. Indications are that this year’s series will attract a great entry so everyone is asked to come early and enter. Entries will be taken at the Brothers of Charity car park, Silversprings, from 6.15pm onwards each night. The club requests members to come forward and help with the marshalling of these races. For further enquiries please contact Niall O’Sullivan at 086-1660888.


Everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable evening recently at the Club Humorous Speech and Table Topics competitions. Pat Kinsella opened with his speech, ‘My Struggle’ followed by ‘Chalk and Cheese’ from Ann O’ Sullivan and finally Irene Geraty treated us to the ‘Three Amigos’. After refreshments the Table Topics subject, “If you were to talk to your 10 year-old self, what advice would you offer?” was sprung on each of the contestants. Alan O’Flynn, the Contest Chair conducted proceedings with his usual aplomb. Good luck to Pat Kinsella and Ann O’Sullivan who go forward to the area humorous speech competition and to James Prendergast and Pat Kinsella who will carry the flag into the Table Topics. Many thanks to Chief Judge Suzanne Dunne and all those participants who helped make the evening such a success.

Clonmel plays host to Cashel and Thurles clubs on this Thursday, 11th October at 8pm at the usual venue of The Park Hotel for the area competition. The club would be delighted to welcome guests who wish to view the proceedings. Contact Mick White at 086-4038587 or visit

Clonmel Cycling Club

Clonmel Cycling Club thanks the public for their generosity at their church gate collection last weekend.

The club’s Autumn Time Trial League heads into its third week this Saturday, 13th, starting from Hillview Sports Club, with the first rider off at 10.30 am. Well done to Dave Williams who won Week 2 as he climbed the Mountain Road to glory, recording a time only 1 second off his estimated time.

The Sunday spin continues each week. For information on this and more go to

55 Social Club

The 55 Club will hold their next social evening at The Coachman, Parnell Street, Clonmel on this Friday, 12th October. Music will be played by the ever-popular Tony Egan so all members are invited to put on their dancing shoes, come along and enjoy the night.

Theatre Guild presents The Country Boy

Clonmel Theatre Guild are very busy at present with their production of The Country Boy, which opens on Wednesday, November 7th and runs for four nights in Raheen House. This is not the Guild’s usual dinner theatre production although tickets, which cost E15, include refreshments that will be provided during the interval.

Director Tom FitzGerald has taken on the role of Eddie Maher and Des Cunningham plays his younger brother Curly. Ger Meagher and Amanda Kirwan play Tom and Mary Kate Maher, the parents, and Patricia Harte plays Eddie’s American wife Julia, while Amanda Hickey is Eileen, the neighbour’s daughter.

Tickets are on sale at Marians and early booking is advisable.

South Tipp Art Group

Junior South Tipp Art Group (STAG) have just two more Saturdays before their holidays at Halloween. The Primary section (9 years to 6th class) will meet at the Art Room in the Infant school, Ss Peter and Paul’s Primary School, Kickham Street, Clonmel at 10.30 a.m. for the next two Saturdays while the Seniors (1st Years to Leaving Certs) will meet in the Studio, South Tipperary Arts Centre, Nelson Street, Clonmel. There may be a change after the mid-term break so parents and Junior STAG members are reminded to check these notes in The Nationalist over Halloween as a new session will start in November and run up to Christmas.

Adult STAG members are reminded that there will be a trip to Wexford for the fringe exhibitions that run during the Opera Festival at the end of October. Contact the Organiser Maureen Purcell at 086-8096823 for details. Paintings by STAG Adult Artists for every occasion are always available to purchase by contacting Maureen Purcell at any time.

Project to locate defibrillators

Several students at Clonmel High School are undertaking a project to map the location of all the defibrillators (AEDs) in the towns and surrounding areas in South Tipperary. If you are part of any club, organisation, community or voluntary group that has a defibrillator could you please forward the make, model and location address (with GPS co-ordinates if possible) of your AED with a contact name and number to as soon as possible. Your help with this project would be greatly appreciated.

Whist drive

A whist drive will be held at the Sisters of Charity School Hall, Mary Street, Clonmel at 7.45pm on this Friday, October 12th.

Table quiz

The Willow Park Residents Association and the Alzheimers Society of Ireland are holding a table quiz in Eldon’s at 9pm on this Thursday, October 11th. Tables of four cost E20 and there will be a raffle and prizes.

Shoebox Appeal

The Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal is looking for volunteers for South Tipperary and surrounding areas to collect and drop shoeboxes and help with the appeal in October and November. Anyone interested in volunteering their time should contact Sarah Cullinan at 087-6353566.

Allotment news

The final spuds are being dug and the ravages of one of the wettest summers on record are evident. Yields on nearly every vegetable are down on the previous splendid years but not all is bad news. Onions did well and there were some very good yields. Rhubarb is flying out of the ground with some marvellous stalks evident. Chard also grew well but the strawberries and tomatoes had a struggle to ripen. Now is the time to dig and turn the soil to let the frost do its work. Remove all stalks of the potatoes and tomatoes from the allotment, as we had blight this year and composting these may propagate the problem. There are new applicants for plots and we hope to have news shortly for them on the location and size of plot. The Annual General Meeting is coming soon and the membership fees will be due. The Mayor. Cllr. Billy Shoer will be making our secretary Bernard Lennon aware of the comments of the Entente Florale judges visit in August. These comments will help our committee as some of the panel of judges have allotments in their own countries. A suggestion was raised with the secretary about a get-together at the end of the year to enable plot holders meet each other, as there are nearly 50 members. Should any member have surplus produce the St. Vincent De Paul society will gladly accept it for families in need. More details are available from secretary Bernard Lennon on 086-2937220 or by e-mail, In the meantime take every opportunity to attend to your plot as the days are drawing in.

Thanks from Autism Support Group

The South Tipperary Autism Support Group is grateful to the Knitting Circle - based in the Clonmel Community Resource Centre every Tuesday - for the very generous donation of E610 which they raised from the sale of beautiful hand-knitted garments. This donation is greatly appreciated and will help with the Halloween activities planned for the children.

Peaks Mountaineering Club

National Trails Day saw the club on the Knockmealdown range. The early walks were led by Pat Fahey, assisted by Michael Tobin, and started from the Graigue Pub area. The walk covered 15 kilometres in good conditions and was very enjoyable. The noon walks were held in the Ballyporeen area.

The away weekend in the Mournes is booking up very quickly and all the details are on the notice board in Eldon’s. Accommodation needs to be booked and travel arrangements made and this is not be a last-minute task. Contact Tom Dalton for more details. The walks this weekend are in the Knockmealdowns and the leaders are 10am, John Byrne and Kevin Bowen; noon, Niall Quinlivan, Jim O’Flaherty and Helen McNamara. A new meets list is being prepared and Niamh will e-mail and post it on the notice board in Eldon’s when it’s ready. Membership subscriptions are now due and can be given to the treasurer Martin Coughlan or any of the committee in Eldon’s after the Sunday walk.

Mother and Baby Group

The Mother and Baby Group meets every Monday from 2–3pm, excluding Bank Holidays in the Clonmel Community Resource Centre, Kickham Street. All mothers and babies are welcome. For further enquiries please contact Jill on 052-6128199.