Plans are well underway for this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade in Clonmel and organisers hope it will be bigger and better than ever. We are delighted this year to have Maureen Purcell, South Tipperary Art Group/South Tipperary Art Centre as our Grand Marshall for the day.
The Parade will celebrate South Tipperary Art Group, STAG, which is in its 50th year. It started its life when a small number of enthusiastic amateur artists got together and set up the group. Today, with qualified Art teachers tutoring Art, Craft & Design, STAG has over 40 adult artists and a Junior Branch, catering for aspiring artists from 9 years up to Leaving Cert. These artists have not only sold their paintings, sculptures and artwork locally but they have also painted many community murals, scenery for shows in schools and were involved with local theatre groups and have also designed crests, flags & bunting for Festivals in Clonmel. Many of the artists have gone on to become recognised Artists, Potters, Weavers, Art Historians, Architects, Technician Animators, Art Teachers & Professors.
In addition to celebrating with STAG, The South Tipperary Art Centre (STAC) which has been in operation for the past 20 years has also gone from strength to strength and has strongly supported the development of the arts in Tipperary. The Art Centre has been a main arts provider for the South Tipperary region, serving a population in the region of 100,000. The Centre programmes a mixture of arts and cultural events including local, national and international visual arts, performing arts, music and literature and is a main link with the County Arts Officer, the Arts Council and other art organisations and relevant stakeholders within the community.
Clonmel Bianconi Twinning Committee are again organising the Morning Parade from the Town Hall at 11.30am to St. Mary’s Church for 12noon mass which will be celebrated in Irish. This parade will be led by Banna Chluain Meala and will include Councillors, representatives of Town Organisations and any visitors from Clonmel’s Twin Towns. The day will commence with a flag raising ceremony at St. Patrick’s Well at 8.30am.
Once again, the starting area for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which commences at 3pm on Friday 17th March 2017, is Cantwell Street (Upper Irishtown) and it will follow the same route through the town as previous years to finish in Parnell Street outside the former Town Hall.
Any groups wishing to participate in the Parade can do so up until Thursday March 2nd 2017 by going online to:
completing the form and submitting it to Clonmel Chamber of Commerce.
To keep up-to-date on the Parade, please follow the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Facebook page.
Revitalise yourself in the fertile vales of Tipperary: an undiscovered wonder of Ireland’s Ancient East with landscapes to take your breath away. There are so many spectacular sights to see in the farming heartland of Ireland: the majestic Galtee and Knockmealdown Mountains; historic landmarks such as the Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle and Holycross Abbey; and so many delightful towns and villages.
There is so much to see and do. Please click below for the full map.
Discover Tipperary for yourself. Here, pilgrim paths and heritage towns are the backdrop to rolling mountains, which are brought to life by beautiful tracks and trails and engaging local folklore. Explore stunning valleys and unspoilt hillsides, wander off the beaten track and lose yourself in nature.
Immerse yourself in 5,000 years of history and culture. Mingle with the locals, whose ancestry can be traced back to these lands for generations. Partake and enjoy our hospitality. Tipperary has something to offer for the whole family: whether you are looking to stay at a cosy hotel or country house, looking to experience an authentic Irish pub or café, or you just want to revel in the natural surroundings by taking a relaxing river cruise on Lough Derg.
Relax and enjoy our hospitality while savouring the flavours of the Golden Vale and beyond, sampling the artisan produce of this rich and fertile land in our outstanding selection of restaurants. You are sure to leave feeling refreshed and fulfilled. Make our home your home.
Chez Hans in Cashel and The Old Convent in Clogheen have retained their places in the 100 Best Restaurants guide compiled by John and Sally McKenna.
The gradual re-emergence over the past few weeks of a golden coloured Cormacs Chapel from beneath a mass of scaffolding on the Rock of Cashel is, according to Tom Wood, “a sight to behold.”
When scaffolding was erected around the 12th century sandstone building just six years ago so as to enable the commencement of difficult conservation work he had feared that the remarkable building, often referred to as the gem of Irish Romanesque Architecture, would be out of bounds and out of view for an eternity.
Having worked on the site as a guide and supervisor for more than 25 years he contends, that, “while the cluster of five buildings dating from between the 12th and 15th centuries and overlooking the old City of Cashel and the Golden Vale is unique, Cormacs Chapel is a national treasure.
Work commenced on the Chapel in 1127 and it was consecrated with great pomp and ceremony less than eight years later, in 1134. While limestone was prevalent throughout the local countryside, a more easily worked sandstone, sourced some miles away in Drumbane and hauled across the plain, enabled the skilful masons produce a masterpiece in stone.
With its clochan or beehive style high pitched roof of stone, towers at the junction of its nave and chancel, spiral stairs leading to two crofts, blank arcading within and without, magnificantly carved tympana and north doorway, string courses, gargoyles, corbels, remnants of wall paintings or frescos and an intriguing connection with the Rhineland, it has fascinated pilgrims, travellers and writers for nigh on 900 years.”
In his book, In Search of Ireland, first published in 1930, the British writer, H.V. Morton wrote, ”more wonderful than the round tower of Cashel, more interesting than the vague lines of the ancient palace, more beautiful than the roofless shell of the cathedral is King Cormacs Chapel, the most whimsical, the most strange and the most remarkable little chapel in the British Isles. If you visit Ireland only to see this astonishing building you will not have crossed the sea in vain. I could return again and again to Cormacs Chapel and never exhaust its singular charm. If I were an Irishman, I would haunt Cashel of the Kings.”
According to Cllr Wood, the ruins on the Rock were vested in the Commissioners of Public Works in 1869 and between 1874 and 1876 considerable conservation work costing £2,317 was carried out. In 1974 a new lease of life was afforded the Vicars Choral Hall when it was sympathetically restored to its original 15th century style. Now as he eagerly awaits the removal of all the scaffolding in the coming weeks with the opportunity to get the entire building into focus again, he says, “ I am sure King Cormac MacCarthy himself would be pleased to experience the results of this conservation programme and the reverent care bestowed on his miniature Cathedral by the staff in the Office of Public Works.”
article/image source Tipperary Star
A brilliant video from Tourism Ireland
Corcra Boutique was founded by Eleanor Noonan.
Eleanor has a diploma in Design and Tailoring from the Mallow college of Fashion and Design. She brings with her the knowledge of fabrics and designs to purchase high quality wardrobe staples and eye catching occasion wear.
Eleanor has advanced her studies in Millinery and has her own fascinator collection in store. She also makes bespoke fascinators for that special occasion.
The sales team at Corcra are trained stylists and serve to assist all customers in finding clothing which fits perfectly while matching the customers requirements and budget.
Corcra specialises in dresses which work hard for the professional lady taking her from day to evening time.
We found 5 great archive videos on YouTube of Clonmel Town in 1993. We thought we would put them all on one page. Please share this with who ever you think would enjoy watching them.