Clonmel News in Brief....

Revived St. Luke’s Hospital Ball returns next month

Revived St. Luke’s Hospital Ball returns next month

The St. Luke’s Hospital, Clonmel Ball will be held again next month after an absence of many years. The Pearly Whites will perform at the function at Hotel Minella on Friday, November 30th.

The South Tipperary branch of the Retired Nurses Association of Ireland will hold an information meeting/coffee morning at Hotel Minella, Clonmel at 11am on this Thursday morning, October 4th. Reports will be given on the successful annual conference, as well as feedback from the mystery tour.

Horticultural Society meeting

The next meeting of the Clonmel and District Horticultural Society will be held at 8pm this evening, Wednesday, 3rd October at the Clonmel Park Hotel. The guest speaker is Michael Murphy whose lecture is entitled Care of Roses, which will be an informative talk with tips on how to achieve perfect blooms. New members are always welcome.

Bag Pack for St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Clonmel is holding a fund-raising Bag Pack at Dunnes Stores, Clonmel on this Friday, 5th and Saturday, 6th October.

The Society is looking for volunteers who could give an hour or two on either day to help. Please ring 052-6123878 with your name and contact number and when you would be available. A rota will be completed and each person will be contacted with the details.

Table quiz

The Willow Park Residents Association and the Alzheimers Society of Ireland are holding a table quiz in Eldon’s at 9pm on Thursday, October 11th. Tables of four cost €20 and there will be a raffle and prizes.

Flower Club meeting

Clonmel Flower Club will hold its next meeting at the Clonmel Park Hotel on Tuesday, October 9th at 8pm. This is a work night and the titles for the club competitions are Beginners - Sunset, 60 cms; Intermediate - Harvest Time, 60cms; Advanced - First Frost, 66cms.

There will also be a lecture on wines at this meeting, which will be given by wine expert Caroline Blanche and store manager Theo Sheahan from Superquinn. Clonmel. New members are always welcome and tuition is given for beginners by Mildred Stokes.

This is the last meeting before the Christmas Gala Demonstration with Theresa Collins on Monday, November 12th.

Whist at Bridge Centre

Whist will be played at the Bridge Centre, Cashel Road, Clonmel on this Sunday, October 7th at 2.30pm. All are welcome.

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 hs 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.

Anam Cara fundraiser

Anam Cara, the organisation that supports parents after bereavement, is holding its biggest fundraiser on Saturday, 3rd November. The Anam Cara National Bag Pack is taking place in Dunnes Stores grocery outlets across Ireland. The organisation would be delighted if you would consider helping out between 10am-2pm or 2-6pm on that day at your nearest Dunnes Stores. All offers of help are very much appreciated, as this is a wonderful opportunity to raise the funds needed for the Anam Cara group activities in 2013.

For more information contact or call 01-4045378.

Volunteers needed for 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.

Peaks Mountaineering Club

The walks on Sunday are in the Knockmealdowns as part of the National Trails Day, which is a celebration of Ireland’s wonderful variety of trails and walks and this is a chance for everyone to enjoy our beautiful countryside. The walk meets at Eldon’s at noon or in Ballyporeen at the Bally at 12.30. The walk takes you onto the Avondu Way, Munster Way and back to Ballyporeen through Kileatin Wood. Sunday’s walk is a joint effort between Knockmealdown Active and the Peaks Mountaineering Club and is highly recommended. More details are available on the website or call PRO Bernard Lennon on 086-29378220.

Sunday morning’s poor weather and probably the All-Ireland Hurling replays resulted in only a small number of walkers for the 10am walk in the Galtees. The group reverted to a plan B low level walk starting in the woods behind the rifle range. The noon walk was well supported and was led by Nora Phelan and Jo O’Dwyer. This walk covered 14.5 kilometres and had a height gain of over 900 metres, all done in 5 hours, and it shows in the fitness level of the noon walkers

The club’s AGM took place in the Community Resource Centre. The club had a great year with a strong local and away walks programme. The highlights of the year were the Mountaineering Ireland Spring Meet in the Comeraghs, facilitated by The Peaks Club and which was a major undertaking. The Knockmealdown Crossing was another of the big organisational events.

Michael Tobin stepped down as chairman after 3 years at the helm. Jim O’Flaherty is the new chairman, ably assisted by Helen Shanahan, the club secretary. Treasurer Martin Coughlan continues to keep a tight rein on finances. Niamh Barret continues as meets secretary and the committee members are Nora Phelan, Michael Tobin and Niall Quinlivan, while Kevin Bowen and John Bourke stepped down. Bernard Lennon was re-appointed as club PRO.

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.