Clonmel Junction Festival is a not-for-profit organisation with charitable status. We strive through the support of our funders, patrons and sponsors of the festival to bring the highest quality arts events to Clonmel and its environs, enriching the community by providing the best of artistic experiences.

Meet the people who make it happen:


Artistic Director: Mary Hickson
Festival Manager: Rebecca Roche
Production Manager
Box Office Manager
Marketing Manager 
Graphic Designer: Garreth Joyce
Social Media Manager & Volunteer Coordinator 
Artist Liaison
Food Curator
Accountants: Gilligan and Co.


The Festival is governed by a Voluntary Board of Directors.

Aisling Kilroy: With a background in public relations and marketing, Aisling has long had a deep interest in the arts, going back to being brought to the Abbey Theatre as a young child. This love of theatre saw her working in both the Olympia and Gaiety Theatres in the eighties, the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1991 and counting the Dublin Film Festival as a client when she ran her own PR company in the early 90's. She relocated to Tipperary in 1998 and has been running The Narrow Space Gallery for the past 13 years. An avid supporter of Clonmel Junction Festival, she joined the board in 2011 and has been chair since December 2013.

Fiona Grassick: B.C.L. Solicitor practiced in Clonmel when she first moved to Tipperary. She has always had a keen interest in the Arts and did a Diploma in European Painting 1200 – 1920 in TCD and a course in Christies London in Modern Art 1950 to the early 2000’s. She and her family have been supporters of the Clonmel Junction Festival since its inception and is very pleased to support the Arts locally through the Festival.

Cecily Purcell: Accepted on to the Board of Directors in February 2015, Cecily lives and works in Killurney, which is a townsland about 5km from Clonmel at the foot of Slievenamon.  She has supported the Festival from its inception and still talks about the brilliant line-up of 2004 as the best ever. Her career as a Primary School educator has fostered and developed her interest in the Arts and encouraged her involvement with Community and National committees. Clonmel Junction Festival combines those two interests perfectly and she looks forward to fulfilling her role as a Board member.

Bess Hughes: Ran a venue for 20 years in Clonmel. Has always had a keen interest in the arts and has been an active member of the board of directors since the first Clonmel Junction Festival. Also an active volunteer with other organisations such as Place4U.

Brendan Daly: Brendan is a native of Tipperary Town. His background is in financial services and has recently retired from that role. Brendan has a keen interest in music and enjoys strumming the guitar from time to time. Has been a supporter of the Junction Festival over the years.

David Kirwan: Studied Fine Art at Waterford Institute of Technology and was a member of the steering committee which set up South Tipperary Arts Centre. Having worked as production Manager for Portobello Frames in London from 1993-96, Masterpiece Pictures in Sydney Australia '96-98; David went on to set up Artisan Frames in Clonmel, as a Gallery style framers in 2000 where he now completes works for artists, galleries and collectors in Ireland.

Frank Moran: A native of Clonmel and local businessman, Frank Moran joined the board in 2016 .

Deirdre Grogan: Originally from Belfast but living in Clonmel for the last 20 years where she works for a pharmaceutical company. Both Deirdre’s father and brother were actors and her sister had an art gallery in Belfast, this has given her an active interest in both the visual and performing arts for many years. Deirdre has enjoyed many a memorable performance at the Junction Festival over the years and is delighted to join the Board in 2017.