Festival Cluain Meala returns on August 1st-10th

Clonmel in August promises to be full of festive cheer with the return of Festival Cluain Meala from August 1st-10th.

Clonmel in August promises to be full of festive cheer with the return of Festival Cluain Meala from August 1st-10th.

The town promises to be transformed over ten summer days with bike races, gigs, concerts, fairs and open air parties and nearly all events free.

Festival Cluain Meala is the hugely successful collaboration of the three major festivals staged in Clonmel in August - the Medieval Town Walls Festival, the Suir Valley Three Day Cycling Festival and the Clonmel Busking Festival.

An unprecedented 15,000 people attended the festival in 2013 which celebrated Clonmel’s rich tapestry of culture, sport and music.

Festival Cluain Meala opens on the August Bank Holiday Weekend with the Suir Valley 3-Day International Cycle Race which promises to be their biggest and best race yet with over five continental teams. There will be race starts and finishes in Clonmel throughout the weekend for the public to come along and cheer them on.

The Cycling Festival takes over the centre of Clonmel on Sunday, August 3rd where there will be an international criterium and four fun sportives including a 5km family fun sportive. The 160km, 100km, 50km and 5km sportives are open to everyone and all entry details are on suirvalleycyclefestival.com.

Festival Cluain Meala continues with the Clonmel Busking Festival from August 7th-10th with over 75 bands busking and playing over 150 gigs all for free throughout the streets and pubs of Clonmel while simultaneously collecting funds for Crumlin Children’s Hospital. The festival has many great names including some of the very best in Irish live music including Bagatelle, Rob Strong, the Dublin City Ramblers and many more.

The Clonmel Busking Festival comes to a climax on Sunday, August 10th when O’Connell Street is again taken over with a Giant Street Ceilí at 2pm followed by a huge ‘Clonmel Rocks’ Concert with Mundy, Corner Boy and many bands from the south east. Clonmel Rocks, on O’Connell Street, is free and takes place from 4pm to 7pm.

The Heritage Festival continues on Friday, August 8th with the popular Medieval Inn trail which returns this year with two routes so put on your costume for a night of medieval merriment around the town. Register your interest at County Museum and costumes will be available for hire on the night or you can bring your own.

There will be a concert in Old St Mary’s Church on Saturday, August 9th with Banna Cluain Meala and the Colour Guard, Brian O’Reilly, Denis Allen, Derek Ryan, Kelley Lonergan, the Loreto Trad Group and many more acts. There will be a BBQ with tickets €10 and tickets can be pruchased from Premier Music.

Festival Cluain Meala on Sunday, August 10th will have the busking, Ceili Mor, Clonmel Rocks and the Gordon Street Carpark will be taken over for the Medieval Family Fun Day.

Festival Cluain Meala has a great heritage program including the Medieval Madness Summer Camp from August 5th-8th.

The Festival Cluain Meala is a gathering of three festivals from August 1st-10th August. Check out the Festival Cluain Meala Facebook page for all festival details.