Clonmel News in Brief...

South Tipperary ICA is holding its annual walk for Breast Cancer Research on Sunday, 12th May in Clonmel. ICA members are asked to meet at the Town Hall in Parnell Street at 2.30pm before they walk the popular Sli na Slainte route.

South Tipperary ICA is holding its annual walk for Breast Cancer Research on Sunday, 12th May in Clonmel. ICA members are asked to meet at the Town Hall in Parnell Street at 2.30pm before they walk the popular Sli na Slainte route.

ICA members have been busy collecting sponsorship over the past few weeks and all donations will be greatly welcomed. Proceeds from the walk will go to the Breast Cancer Research Centre in Galway, a cause close to the hearts of many of our members.

Over the years ICA has contributed up to €1.5 million Euro to Breast Cancer research in Ireland, and South Tipperary ICA is very proud of this record. Peggy O’Brien, President of South Tipperary ICA sends her best wishes to all the walkers and thanks all ICA members and the public for their generous sponsorship of this worthwhile cause.

Table quiz in aid of Aware

A table quiz will take place in Moynihan’s, Clonmel on this Thursday (May 2nd) starting at 8pm. The proceeds will go to Aware, the charity that helps combat depression, and there will be a raffle on the night also. The entry is €20 for a table of four. and the raffle prizes are first - €80 (€20 per person); second - four bottles of wine and third - four boxes of chocolates.

Belle Voci summer concert

Belle Voci, under acclaimed conductor Kevin O’Carroll, and pianist Marian Ingoldsby, are holding their summer concert in Old St. Mary’s Church on Tuesday, May 21 at 8pm. They will be joined by the Ss Peter and Paul’s Boys Choir, the band Von Trapp (Aine Hennessy and Ian Purcell) and classical guitarist Liam O’Reilly. A raffle will be held during the intermission.

Admission is €10. Tickets will be available at the door or call 086-360441/086-6082504 for more information.

Chamber of Commerce AGM

The annual general meeting of Clonmel Chamber of Commerce will be held on Tuesday, May 14th 2013 at The Main Guard. The meeting will commence at 6.15pm with a light buffet and will conclude at 8pm.

Place 4U Community Cafe

The Place 4U Community Cafe in Morton Street, Clonmel is open from Monday to Friday from 10am to 12.30pm.

People are welcome to enjoy the facility or participate in the many activities such as craft, painting, ceramics, paper craft, book club, book swap, individual computer tuition and yoga.

A health talk by Margaret Ann Cooney will be held on Friday, 10th May at 11am, to which all are invited.

For more information please visit the café.



The community of Marlfield Village extends its sympathy to Jimmy Cronin and family on the death of his brother Tony recently. May he rest in peace.

Well done

Well done to Jimmy Kennedy and Bernard Lennon who received their Civil Defence long service medals at a function in Hotel Minella on Thursday night. Jimmy and Bernard both joined the Civil Defence in the md 1960s and are still active members. With nearly 100 years of service to community, county and country from both stalwart members it is a record that will not be easily surpassed. Civil Defence is the emergency volunteer reserve of the County Council who can be seen helping in many different categories of community events. Jimmy and Bernard are the local face of this organisation which, along with other bodies, will be amalgamated into one single county unit shortly and no doubt will be called upon to help as emergencies happen. Well done lads and wear the medals with pride as you have earned them.

Heritage Trail

Marlfield Village Committee are in the process of preparing the text for the proposed environmental and heritage trail in Marlfield and are asking for support in preparing the text on signs. Help is needed with the history of Marlfield House, Bagwells Folly, the Turnpike Toll, Old Town and War-house and the Walled Garden. If you can help in any way with any of these subjects, which will be in similar format to the existing signs, please contact the village secretary on 086-2937220.

Thanks from Philip and Carmel

Philip Ryan and Carmel Boyle thank all those who supported the ceili for the South Tipperary Hospice, including those who sent donations and prizes for the raffle, sold tickets and helped with the tea, as well as Hillview Sports Club for the use of their facilities.

South Tipperary Art Group (STAG)

Junior South Tipperary Art (STAG) is now full. This current session will run up to June. The Primary Group (age 9 years to 6th class) are doing batik with Lesley, music with Niall and designs with Bobby. The Seniors (1st Years to Leaving Cert) are busy mono printing and marbling with Julie, Claire and Audrey.

Adult STAG members have just five weeks left to the 45th annual Art Exhibition in Clonmel Library in June so everyone is beavering away, putting the finishing touches to their artwork.

A welcome is extended to new adult members James, Marianne and Vena Rose. The group meets every Tuesday night in the Art Room, Infant school, behind Ss Peter and Paul’s Primary School, Kickham Street, Clonmel from 7.30 p.m. and new members are always welcome to these art sessions. STAG will be running Mural, Flag and Shield Workshops for Festival Cluain Meala during May and June. Members of the public, from young people to adults are welcome at the workshops. More news on these next week.


The election of club officers for the new term commencing July 1st will be held at the next club meeting on Thursday, May 9th as well as the normal meeting format. Any active member of the club is eligible to run for office and as many members as possible are encouraged to attend and vote. As usual guests are very welcome and further details are available from Mick at 086-4038587 or at

Clonmel Toastmasters hosted the very successful Division D speech and speech evaluation contest in the Park Hotel on Sunday, 21st April, involving clubs from the south east region of Ireland. The results of the international speech contest were as follows - 1st, Yvonne Jordan – Enniscorthy; 2nd, Michael O’Brien – Naas and 3rd, Jane Clarke – Waterford.

The results of the speech evaluation contest were 1st, James Prendergast – Clonmel; 2nd, David Cullinane – Naas and 3rd, Kay Slattery – Carlow. Congratulations to Yvonne Jordan and Clonmel’s James Prendergast who are entitled to represent Division D in the District 71 semi-finals to be held in Torquay in May. This covers all the clubs in Britain and Ireland. A special mention is made to Clonmel’s Thos O’Neill who put in a truly superb performance in the speech contest but is rumoured to have been the contestant who found, to his cost, Tempus fugit by going over the allocated time.

A special word of thanks to Peter Butler, Division D governor for his sterling organisational work before the event and to Jim Keating the President of Clonmel Toastmasters who filled the role of contest chair with panache. Many thanks also to Billy Doyle, President of West Limerick Toastmasters who produced Bear With Me, his marvellously entertaining test speech for the evaluation contestants and to all those who made the event such a great success.

Tree planting cancelled

SuirCan Community Forum had to cancel the tree planting scheduled to take place in Greenane, Old Bridge, Clonmel last weekend because no trees were delivered by the National One Million Trees Co-ordinators, leaving all concerned very disappointed.

The support received for this project was very much appreciated and thanks are extended to all who offered to volunteer. It is hoped that such events will be organised locally from now on and perhaps starting a little nursery of our own in the community would not be a bad idea. Please watch this space for updates.

South Tipperary Arts Centre

A painting exhibition by the local art group Le Cheile will take place at the Arts Centre in Nelson Street, Clonmel from Wednesday, 1st May to Saturday, 18th May. This is open during Arts Centre hours, Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4 pm. Admission is free.

All children’s classes in art/craft, music and guitar are ongoing. Check with reception for times.

There are new times for the Have fun through Music course on Saturdays. 4 to 6 years of age at 10.15 am - €6; 7 to 9 years of age at 10.45 am - €7; 10 to 12/13 or older at 11.30 am - €7

Classes consist of song and rhythm development, exploration and responding for the three groups as well as an opportunity to play wind, percussion and string instruments.

The Primary schools Photo Competition, in conjunction with Clonmel Photo Centre, O’Connell Street, Clonmel has just been launched. All schools have now got flyers with all the relevant information.

A Teen Phone Photo Exhibition will be launched shortly in the post primary schools in Tipperary.

An Arts/Craft/Drama and Music Camp is now being organised for ages 4 to 12 years and for teenagers also for July and possibly August.

Adult classes in the Arts Centre

- Tuesday 10.30am to 12.30pm: pottery classes ongoing, commenced on Tuesday, April 30 for 6 weeks.

- Wednesday 10.30am to 12.30pm: Art/craft Get Together, (no tutor) €3, ongoing. Join in anytime.

- Thursday 10.30am to 12.30pm: oil and acrylic with Ann Brennan. Contact 086-3292086.

- Thursday 2pm to 4pm: crochet classes (right and left handers) for beginners and improvers. Join in at anytime.

- Friday 10.30am to 12.30pm: flower arranging classes. Please bring your own flowers, foliage oasis etc. Contact the Arts Centre at 052-6127877 for information. This is a small group only.

The Heritage mural The Suir – from Source to Sea is continuing in the Arts Centre with the staff of the Centre and adult and teen members from the South Tipperary Art Group, STAG.

For any information contact reception at 052-6127877 or Maureen Purcell, voluntary manager at 052-6127877/086-8096823.

See and check out South Tipperary Arts Centre’s Facebook page.