Clonmel News in Brief...

Order of Malta table quiz

Order of Malta table quiz

The Cadet unit of Clonmel Order of Malta will hold a fundraising table quiz on this Friday, 7th June at 9pm in the Clonmel Óg Clubhouse.

Tables cost €20 for a team of four and all funds raised will be put towards funding the Cadet’s trip to the National Cadet First Aid Competitions at the University of Limerick at the end of June.

Prizes are available for first, second and third places, and there will also be raffle prizes.

Bridge tournament

A Team of Four bridge tournament will be held at the Clonmel Bridge Centre on Thursday, 13th June at 7.15pm. Entries must be submitted to W. Corby at 086-6087201 by Tuesday next, 11th June. All are welcome.


Pat Kinsella, who was Toastmaster, ran the show with great expertise at the last meeting before the summer break. He introduced James O’Brien as ah counter, Pat Fahey as grammarian and James Prendergast as timer. The first speech titled Growing up along the Border, was not as most had expected but was in fact about those unseen but well-known borders between areas within Clonmel. Noel, with his marvellous speaking voice, painted a wonderful picture of his early years in the town. His map, showing the locations of so many little shops dotted around such a small area where now there is only one such shop remaining, shows the power of the large multiples in the grocery trade. Next up was Mick White who, using helpful graphics of a Power Point display for the first time, gave a talk about Albert Einstein and how and why he developed his theory of relativity at the beginning of the 20th century. Again on his first use of Power Point Richard Walsh gave a talk about his grand uncle Maurice Davin, a co-founder and first president of the GAA. Richard grew up in the homestead that Maurice Davin farmed and told of the ceremony on Saturday last to unveil a statue of Maurice Davin on the western approach to Carrick-on-Suir. The speeches were evaluated by Irene Gerety, Frances Cahill and Denis Corcoran, followed by Table Topics from Nora Kennedy after the tea break. Suzanne Dunne, wearing her General Evaluator hat, gave helpful tips to the participants and generous praise to the way in which the meeting was conducted before Pat Kinsella returned the gavel to outgoing president Jim Keating, who closed the meeting and also brought the Toastmasters season to a close until the next meeting on Thursday, September 12th.

South Tipperary Art Group

The South Tipperary Art Group (STAG’s) 45th Annual Art Exhibition was officially launched on Tuesday evening in Clonmel Library in front of a great attendance. There are over 60 original artworks in different media and pottery, on various subjects with many local scenes on display, and all for sale at reasonable prices. The exhibition is open during library hours until and including Saturday, 15th June. Members are asked to do a rota during the Exhibition.

Adult STAG is now closed until September. Check with the Organiser Maureen Purcell to book in for the night out. A group of 14 STAG adults will attend the Art in the Open International Plein Air Festival in Wexford in early August.

Junior STAG will continue on Saturday next with seniors finishing off the crests for Festival Chluain Meala, which takes place in August. The crests will be on display in shops in Clonmel during July and August. The primary section will get a chance to paint crests on this coming Saturday also. During late June and July STAG Adults and seniors will be painting four murals in and around Clonmel.

St. Anthony’s Novena

The Novena in honour of St. Anthony of Padua is now being held until Wednesday, 12th June at The Friary. The preacher is Fr. Michael Duffy, OFM.CAP.

Masses and novena prayers will be celebrated and recited on weekdays at 10am and 7.30pm, on Saturdays at 10am and 7pm and on Sundays at 11.30am.

Special prayers and the blessing of the sick will be held at 5pm on Friday, 7th June. On Thursday, 13th June, the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua, Mass (along with the blessing of lillies) will be celebrated at 10am and 7.30pm. The blessing of children will be held on the same day at 4pm. All are welcome.

Suicide Bereavement Support Group

A support group for anyone in South Tipperary over 18 who has been bereaved by suicide meets in the Clonmel Community Resource Centre, Kickham Street, Clonmel. The next meeting will be held on Monday, 10th June at 7.30pm. For further information please contact Catherine Fahey at 086-8328709.

This group is supported by the HSE and the Regional Suicide Resource Office.

Miscarriage Support Evening

The Clonmel Acupuncture Centre is hosting a miscarriage support event in the beautiful privacy of Clonacody House, Fethard. The aim of the evening is to provide support and hope to couples, a chance to talk, relax and meet therapists including Adlerian counsellor Eileen Acheson.

The event takes place on this Thursday, June 6 at 7.30pm and is fee of charge. To book a place please call Katie or Emily on 052-6184422 or see

South Tipperary Arts Centre

Only Foals and Horses, an amazing and unique exhibition by equine artist Tony O’Connor, Cork is continuing at the Arts Centre in Nelson Street, Clonmeland is an exhibition not to be missed.

The closing date for the children’s photo competition is this Friday, 7th June. There are great prizes to be won from Clonmel Photo Centre and Fieldmaster, Clonmel. Details are available from the Arts Centre at 052-6127877.

Art/Craft Camps in Arts Centre - first and second week in July for children from 4 years up to 10 years. Graffiti Art for pre-teens and teenagers will take place on 24th June and 29th July. Booking is essential.

The Arts Centre’s free Bealtaine Festival Bridge the Gap concert in the County Museum last Thursday, with St. Mary’s CBS School Choir, singers Sadbhb Madigan, Ellie Mackey and Jessie Keane, Claire and Marie Kelly and poet John Fitzgerald was a roaring success, with over 130 present. Many thanks to Marie McMahon and staff for facilitating this concert.

The crochet class on Thursday from 2 to 4pm in the Arts Centre is ongoing. Join in at anytime. This class is open to teenagers for the summer months.

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Guide Dogs for the Blind

The Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind will hold a volunteer recruitment evening on Thursday, June 13th at 7.30pm in the Town Hall. The event will be hosted by Mayor Billy Shoer and will give people information on the Irish Guide Dogs and how you can help.