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

Artistic Director 2018: Nollaig Healy

Festival Manager: Rebecca Roche

Production Manager: Anthony Quinn

Assistant Production Manager: Wesley Hughes

Box Office Manager: Kamil Chechlacz

Design: Garreth Joyce

Social Media Officer: Eimear Reilly

Artist Liason: Stephanie Barry

Auditors: Gilligan & Co.

Accountant: Caroline Ryan


The Festival is governed by a Voluntary Board of Directors.


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.

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.