Clonmel Applefest is a brand new festival which aims to celebrate the unique ‘sense of place’ emanating from Clonmel’s special location and mix of industrial and agricultural activities and heritage. We aim to involve all strata of Clonmel society from local businesses and heritage enthusiasts to families and visitors to the town by celebrating what is most genuine and authentic about Tipperary’s ‘vernacular’ culture and heritage. By developing a network of champions and a community of supporters from a wide range of backgrounds, we plan to develop a truly original and special festival that reflects the multi-layered histories of the county and Clonmel in particular.
Living in Clonmel a few years now, it is heartening to see this development. Ireland tends not to be great at celebrating industrial heritage, and the apple industry (and cider industry) locally connects industrial heritage to the wider environment.
There a wide range of activities On Sunday there is the Vale of Honey Community Day:
Join us in the ‘Quaker Quarter’ of Clonmel for a community, heritage and nature day with walks, biodiversity and pollinators’ activities & stands, river information stands, boating and angling demonstrations, recycling info and workshops, a working forge and an extensive programme of community performances showcasing Clonmel’s best dance and music talents. Picnic tables, a pig on a spit and other delicious foods to celebrate the harvest season will be on hand to make this a memorable community street feast. Get a discount when you purchase food and drink if you bring your own cutlery, plate and/or reusable cup!
WALKS: leaving from the New Quay car park, free entry (Walks will last approx 90 mins), free– Pollinator walk with Emma Reeves @ 11 am
Discover what plants are good for bees with a expert in the field
– Quaker walk with Michael Ahearne @ 12noon
Discover some of the key quaker buildings associated with the industrial development of Clonmel
– Free Salsadance Class with Yulia. 11am. Try out Salsa dancing for some fun and sociable exercise!
– Community Performance showcase: 12-3pm, New Quay car parkPerformances by a selection of dance, drama and musical schools and groups from Clonmel and surrounding area.– Start together arts and cultural expo: 12-3pm
– Pig on the Spit: 1-3pm: € 12,
Fresh from the spit, includes a selection of salads and a cup of apple juice. Bring your own plate and cup and get a discount!
– Pooh Corner, 3-5pm, Abbey street: a last chance to catch Pooh and his friends in case you missed it!
Here’s a post from a while back on a particular Tipperary Apple product:
And here is my own apple tree. It’s a bit bigger now…: