This years' Culture Night celebrations in Clonmel took place on Friday 22nd September in various venues & locations around the town. The sun came out for the occasion and a steady flow of culture vultures ensured that all the events were very well attended. "I'm over the moon!" commented South Tipperary Art Centre's recently appointed manager Cliona Maher, who was delighted with the event. "I would like to thank Paul Kelly and everyone at Clonmel Theatre Guild, Diarmuid and all at the White Memorial Theatre, and Rev Barbara Fryday for opening up the side gate for the first time in years".
Clonmel Theatre Guild presented "The Chronicles of Trollope" which saw the Victorian Author wandering through the streets of Clonmel, where he once lived, introducing us to some of his best loved characters along the way. The performance took viewers along a trail that led to the White Memorial Theatre, and was a wonderful celebration of Clonmel's rich cultural heritage and literary past.
South Tipperary Arts Centre also hosted 'Apple Treasures', a trail of apple trees around Clonmel, celebrating the towns many connections with the fruit. It was the culmination of a project exploring Clonmel's apple heritage, and a specially commissioned film by Eimear King documenting the project was unveiled on the night.
Artist Brigid Teehan of Beehouse Arts showcased a selection of visual art in the atmospheric Scotts Church, on Anglesea St. The pieces represent recent work by the artist which explore various themes and tensions surrounding the private/public body.
Vincent Hannon, Artist and Photographer took up residence in the Main Guard for the evening, offering free portraits to visitors. With the sitters permission the images will form part of the National Library collection.
Tipperary County Museum hosted a lecture with Dr. Ann Wilson, which tied in with their ongoing highly rated exhibition 'A Message in Time'. The talk examined a collection of postcards sent to a young middle-class woman living and working in Dublin between 1903 and 1908. They throw light on how ‘small’, unexceptional individuals dealt with everyday family, social and work life, and how they viewed and negotiated the ‘big’ important issues of the time in Ireland, such as economic survival, emigration, nationalism and the role of women.
Enjoy some of the photos from the night below...