ABOUT Clonmel

Situated on the banks of the River Suir, Clonmel has all the facilities that one would expect to find in a town of its size. It has always been regarded as the best shopping town in the South East of Ireland. Great strides have been taken in recent years to preserve the character of the shop fronts in the town to restore them to their former styles so favoured by visitors. The fact that Clonmel is a thriving shopping town is a reflection on the rich hinterland and good solid employment in the area.

Clonmel has a rich historical past. The earliest reference to Clonmel is c1185 when William Fitzadlem de Burgo was granted lordship of the manor. In 1319, Edward II authorised the raising of money to complete the town walls and fortifications. These walls withstood a three week siege by Cromwell in 1650. In the town there is Old St.Mary’s Church of Ireland dedicated to Our Lady of Clonmel, and built in the 13th century. At the opposite end of the main street, O’Connell Street from the West Gate is the Main Guard built in 1674 as a Palletinate Court House.

There are many other interesting buildings including the Town Hall, Franciscan Friary, Court House as well as former churches which have been tastefully converted to other uses including the old Wesleyan which is now the White Memorial Theatre. The jail gate, of the famous Jail of Cluain Meala, still stands and has been tastefully added to to provide a functional building. This jail was the first and only Borstal institution in Ireland. St. Patrick’s Well, with its medieval church, ancient stone cross and bubbling springs is also well worth a visit.

Clonmel is very proud also of its literary past being the birthplace of Laurence Sterne and Marguerite Power, Countess of Blessington, and the one time residence of Anthony Trollope. Other places of interest include the County Museum in Mick Delahunty Square and Marlfield Lake wild bird sanctuary.

Heritage of Clonmel

Clonmel, a medieval town, is situated on the River Suir, with the Comeragh Mountain to the south of Slievenamon to the east. The Suir has been a major influence on the town’s development, a fact reflected in the town crest showing a bridge across a river with three fish underneath. Although inhabited for about 5000 years, few traces of prehistoric Clonmel survive. The name Clonmel derives from “Cluain Meala” the Meadow of Honey which probably refers to the fertile soils of the area.

The town has a population of 16,000 within the borough, with an additional 5,000 in the surrounding area. Clonmel is an expanding industrial town and a thriving commercial and business centre with many fine Hotels, Pubs, and Guest Houses


Clonmel Tourist office

Visit the website www.clonmeltourism.ie  which provides useful information to assist you in planning your visit to the beautiful town of Clonmel and the surrounding areas.




- Hotel Minella, Coleville Road, Clonmel

minella@manorhousehotels.com +353 1 2958900 | 052 6122388 Visit Website

- Clonmel Park Hotel, Cahir Roundabout, Clonmel

info@clonmelparkhotel.com +353 (0)52 6188700 Visit Website

- Raheen House Hotel, Raheen Road, Clonmel

raheen@iol.ie +353 (0)52 6122140 Visit Website

- Mulcahy’s, Gladstone Street, Clonmel

info@mulcahys.ie +353 (0)52 6125054 Visit Website

- Hearns Hotel, Parnell Street, Clonmel

info@hearnshotel.ie +353 (0)52 612161

- Fennessy’s Hotel, Gladstone Street, Clonmel

info@fennessyshotel.com +353 (0)52 6123680 Visit Website


- The Apple Farm, Moorstown, Cahir

+353 52 7441459 Visit Website

- Powers the Pot, Harneys Cross, Clonmel

+353 86 0879855 Visit Website


- McCarthy's B&B,  1/2 College Street, Clonmel

+353 52 6123691 View Website

- Hillcourt B&B, Marlfield Rd, Clonmel

+353 52 6121029

- Hillcrest Guesthouse,  1Ard Na Greine, Clonmel

info@hillcrestguesthouse.ie +353 52 6121798 View Website

- Kilmaneen Farmhouse, Newcastle, Clonmel

+353 52 6136231 View Website


The town of Clonmel is served by train and bus links to both local and national destinations.

Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann ) has daily rail links to both Waterford and Limerick Junction and from these stations you can continue your journey to various destinations.  For timetables, journey planners and ticket purchases please see the Irish Rail website at www.irishrail.ie or call into the Tourist Office where the staff will be happy to help you.

Bus Éireann offers connections to many parts of the country including Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Kilkenny and Waterford as well as serving local towns such as Cahir, Carrick on Suir and Clogheen.  You can access their website, www.buseireann.ie,  for the most up to date timetables and journey information

J.J. Kavanagh & Sons offer daily connections to Dublin City and Dublin Airport. For full details of times and routes please see their website - www.jjkavanagh.ie

The Shamrock Bus Co. runs two bus services from Clonmel to Thurles serving rural areas around the county.  They offer a twice daily bus service from Clonmel to Thurles via Lisronagh, Fethard, Killenaule and Gortnahoe from Monday to Saturday (no Sunday service). Click here for timetable.

Their other service runs from Clonmel to Thurles via Poulmucka, Cashel, Boherlahan and Holycross from Monday to Saturday also (no Sunday service).  Click here for timetable.

You can contact the Shamrock Bus Company direct at 0504 22266.

Links & Map

Clonmel town: click here

Tipperary Holiday Guidebook: click here