Clonmel News in Brief...

Banna Chluain Meala to perform annual concert

Banna Chluain Meala to perform annual concert

Banna Chluain Meala will hold its annual Parents, Patrons and Friends Concert at Hotel Minella on Saturday, 17th November at 8pm. The concert will feature the Senior Band, Colourguard and Junior Band and there will be a raffle for super prizes. Come along and enjoy a great night’s entertainment. All are welcome and admission is free.

Conor Deere art exhibition at library

The long-awaited new collection of oil paintings by local professional artist Conor Deere is now on display in Clonmel Library until Saturday, 17th November. Conor has such an educated eye for creating realism in his paintings, be they landscapes, still-life or portraits, that you will be transported to the scene or location in each one. Some of Conor`s students from his art classes will also display their paintings. It’s an exhibition not to be missed and you may get some of your Christmas shopping sorted too with Conor`s astounding oil paintings.

Millennium Orchestra Christmas Concert

The Tipperary Millennium Orchestra is now busy rehearsing for its annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 9th at Ss Peter and Paul’s Church, Clonmel.

Alcoholics Anonymous meeting

An open public meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous will be held at the Community Centre, Elm Park, Clonmel on Monday, 26th November at 8.30pm. All are welcome.

Mass for Health Board staff

The annual Mass for living and deceased staff of the South Eastern Health Board will be celebrated on Thursday, 6th December at 11am in the Friary, Clonmel. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served afterwards.

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

The Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal is looking for volunteers to collect and drop shoeboxes and to help in the warehouse for two weeks - excluding Saturdays and Sundays - from November 19th from 7pm-10pm each evening. For more information contact Sarah Cullinan at 087-6353566.

Suicide Awareness meeting

An information evening on Suicide Awareness will be held next Monday, 12th November at 7pm at Hotel Minella, Clonmel.

The event, which is free and open to all members of the public, is being organised by Clonmel man Joe Leahy in association with the Irish Association of Suicidology. This is the second such evening organised by Joe and follows a very well-attended information evening held last April.

He says that the aim of the evening is to help and support people cope with the trauma of suicide, whether directly or indirectly affected. “A sudden death by suicide affects the whole community and it is vital for individuals, families and communities to be able to support each other at this very traumatic time” said Joe, a long-time member of the Irish Association of Suicidology.

Speakers will include Dan Neville, President of the Irish Association of Suicidology; Mike Hayes, who lost his son to suicide; Gill Leo, branch director of Carlow/Kilkenny Samaritans and Padraig McMorrow, secondary school teacher, guidance counsellor and chair of Kilkenny Suicide Bereavement Support Service.

Information will also be available from various support organisations including the Samaritans, Console, One Life, Aware, Suicide or Survive, the HSE and St Vincent de Paul. All are very welcome to attend.

For further information contact Joe Leahy on 086-2606988.

South Tipperary

Arts Centre

After-school Art/Craft Classes for children from 6 years to 10 years will commence on this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 7th, 8th and 9th November in the Studio and will run for 4 weeks up to the end of November. There will be a new Saturday class for the little ones from ages 3 to 6 years starting on this Saturday, 10th November from 12.30pm to 1.45. Please ring 052-6127877 for details of all children’s classes.

Ann Brennan, Tutor and Artist, will commence a new Beginners and Improvers 6 week Oil and Acrylic Course for Adults only in the Studio from this Thursday, 8th November. Contact Ann at 086-3292086.

A new Painting and Crafting for Pleasure course at E3 per participant will commence in the Studio next Wednesday morning, 14th November from 10.30 to 12.30 for a five-week run. Enquiries should be directed to the reception.

The exhibition In God’s Garden by Galway artist Geraldine Folan was officially launched on Friday night last by Jimmy Ryan, Clonmel, with a very enthusiastic audience. This very vibrant oil and acrylic exhibition will run until Saturday, 24th November during Arts Centre Hours, Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm including lunchtime and Saturday from 12 to 4pm. Admission is free.

Geraldine will give a Monet-style workshop on Saturday, 24th and Sunday, 25th November. Contact the Arts Centre at 052-6127877 for details.The Studio is also available for renting.

Retired nurses meeting

The Retired Nurses Association will hold a coffee morning/information meeting at Hotel Minella on Thursday, November 15th. All are welcome. Tickets for the Retired Nurses Christmas dinner party to be held on December 18th will be available. For further information ring 052-6123278.

Christmas Flower 
Arranging demonstration

Clonmel Flower Club will hold its biggest public event of the year, the annual Christmas Flower Arranging Gala Demonstration, ‘Let Heaven and Nature Sing’ on Monday, November 12th at 8pm in the Clonmel Park Hotel. For many this event marks the start of the Christmas preparations. The demonstrator will be one of the Association of Irish Floral Artists’ most illustrious and well-known arrangers, Theresa Collins. Theresa, a member of Tipperary Flower and Garden Club is a teacher, demonstrator and judge and was a judge at the World Flower Show in Boston last year. This is a night not to be missed as she will produce many exciting and creative arrangements. All arrangements will be raffled at the end of the evening. All are welcome.

The titles of the club competitions for members are Beginners - A Hall Table Arrangement, 66 cms; Intermediate - The Golden Glow of Christmas, 66 cms;

Advanced - The Holly and the Ivy, 76 cms.

Artificial flowers/foliage may be used. Members are asked to bring their exhibits, fully complete, to the hotel. Admission is €10, which includes tea/coffee.

South Tipp Art Group

Junior South Tipp Art Group (STAG) artists are starting a new Art Session from 10.30am to 12 noon on this coming Saturday, 10th November for a 6-week run up to and including Saturday, 15th December in the Art Room of the Infant School behind Ss Peter and Paul’s Primary School, Kickham Street, Clonmel. As membership is now full for this session a waiting list for the first Art Session of the new year is in operation. Names of any budding artists from age 9 years to Leaving Cert will be taken by the Organiser Maureen Purcell at 086-8096823. As some Mural work will take place during the art sessions all juniors are asked to wear old clothes.

Adult Art members are reminded that Geraldine Folan, whose beautiful exhibition at the Arts Centre was launched on last Friday night and will continue until Saturday, 24th. will give an Oil and Acrylic Monet-style workshop on Saturday and Sunday, 24th and 25th November in the Studio at the Arts Centre, Nelson Street, Clonmel. Contact the Organiser for details.

A potentially serious health incident was averted on Tuesday night of last week at the Adult Art session through the quick action of members. Very many thanks to those STAG members who will remain nameless and to the Gardai and Ambulance Service, and we wish the STAG member a speedy recovery.


Halloween was celebrated by the club at the last meeting by some members who got into the spirit of the occasion and dressed convincingly in character. Showing not a sign of nerves nor fear, despite the presence of the likes of wizards and ghouls, James O’Brien delivered his first ever speech to the assembled lost souls. In his ice-breaker, the term for the first speech, James told us about himself, his time farming and his great love of running in the Athletics Club. Mick White followed with his speech about the NCT and how he is filled with dread as his rather old car faces this demon every year. Club president Jim Keating used all his wizardry to weave his tale of both birth and death into his speech entitled The Circle of Life, which left all spellbound.

Nell Cooney, Margaret Hyde and James Prendergast each evaluated a speech and after the interval Suzanne Dunne, sporting a rather severe head wound and looking like an extra from a zombie film conducted the Table Topics. Many thanks also to Ah-counter, Ann O’Sullivan; Timer, Pat Kinsella; Grammarian, Frances Cahill; and to James Prendergast, the eloquent Toastmaster for the evening who was in agreement with the General Evaluator, Pat Fahey when they commented that an ice-breaker is the lifeblood of the club. Learn how you too can deal with those speech demons at Clonmel Toastmasters. The club meets on the second and fourth Thursday of every month. For further information contact Mick White at 086-4038587.

Cancer Support Centre Christmas cards

Christmas cards are on sale at the CARE Cancer Support Centre at 14, Wellington Street, Clonmel. A pack of six cards costs €5. The centre would be most grateful for your support and may be contacted at 052-6182667 or e-mail