Christmas festivities in full flow across South Tipperary

South Tipp Today correspondent


South Tipp Today correspondent


Festivities are in full flow across South Tipperary as locals get into the Christmas spirit.
Twenty tractors, a silage harvester and a lorry took part in the annual Christmas Tractor run in Carrick-on-Suir last Saturday evening to the delight of around 3,000 people who lined streets and roads of the town. The tractors were decked out in festive lights, with all funds raised going to chosen charity Embrace Farm who assist families affected by farm accidents. Last Christmas, Embrace Farm and the Christmas tractors of Carrick-on-Suir team decided to redirect all the monies collected back into the town after flooding caused havoc.
The Christmas tractors team thanked everyone for attending the event, sponsors, Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District Council, volunteers who worked hard behind the scenes, the tractor drivers, An Garda Síochána and marshals who ensured a safe passage for everyone.

Tara Butler and elves Robyn Dowley, Bernadette Simpson, Amy Brady and Shannon Madigan at the Carrick-on-Suir Christmas Tractor Run on Saturday last, December 10.

Cahir Youth Choir sang Christmas carols and chocolates were passed around before the lights were officially turned on last Saturday at the Square. Cahir Credit Union manager Claire Whelan, representing one of the main sponsors of the new Christmas lights, turned on the lights. Representatives of the other main sponsors were also in attendance, including Cahir Development Association’s chairman Billy Coffey and financial controller Nellie Williams, Cahir Credit Union’s Sean Duggan, and Promoting Cahir Group chairman Patrick O’Donovan.
Additional sponsors such as Cahir Bingo, Cahir Tidy Towns and the loyal traders of Cahir were thanked and collaborations between local groups were highlighted as the way forward for the town.
Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves will be at the Grotto on Castle Street in Cahir from 2-5pm this weekend, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th December. Admission is €5 with a present included. The Cahir Youth Choir will perform on Sunday 18th December from 2-3:30pm. There will be lots of sweets and hot chocolate with marshmallows available for all to enjoy. Members of the public can make a donation towards the Christmas lights in Cahir this Saturday 17th December at Dolan’s SuperValu from 10am-6pm. There will also be a raffle for a hamper on the day. “Many people have commented on how well the lights look and have expressed a wish to donate a little something towards them,” the Cahir Christmas Lights committee said.

Cahir Youth Choir sang Christmas carols in the Square for the official switching on of the new lights.

Crowds gathered in Clonmel last Saturday as Santa was led by Banna Chluain Meala along O'Connell Street to the Main Guard before turning on the Christmas lights. The Pearly Whites also provided music at the Main Guard to the delight of revellers.
The South Tipperary Mental Health Consumer Panel in partnership with the Mayor's Fund presents ‘Christmas under the arches to brighten up the darker days of winter’ from 1-6pm this Saturday 17th December. There will be light refreshments, mince pies and live entertainment at The Main Guard. A Christmas family movie experience will take place in Liam Daly's Pub at 2pm. Family entry is €10 at the door, with Christmas themed outfits encouraged. A free Santa Dash will start from the Westgate down to the end of O'Connell Street led by Santa on his bicycle at 4:30pm. There will be prizes for best dressed Christmas themed outfits. Registration from 3:30pm at The Main Guard. Donations of nonperishable goods, food vouchers, coal vouchers and cash donations for those in need this Christmas would be greatly appreciated.

Melissa Cope, Sophie Greene and Zoey McGuire at the Christmas party in Hotel Minella, Clonmel. 

Clonmel Lions Club are urging people to support their annual Christmas food appeal which continues at SuperValu in Poppyfields Retail Park and Dunnes Stores in Oakville and Davis Road this Friday 16th and Saturday 17th December.
For many years the club has made sure that the less well-off aren't forgotten at Christmas.
“We will accept all donations of nonperishable foods for distribution in food hampers for worthy recipients carefully vetted by the Lions Club. These hampers will be delivered in good time for Christmas,” Clonmel Lions Club president Conrad Burke said.
Clonmel Lions Club thanked the local supermarkets for their continued support and also Clonmel Red Cross and St. Vincent de Paul for their help in the distribution of the hampers.
A car treasure hunt in aid of Family Carers Ireland’s Clonmel branch also takes place on St. Stephen’s Day, starting at 2pm from the Clonmel Park Hotel. Cost is €20 per car. Participants will be given a set of clues and have to solve riddles that are in the landscape.