Age of Influence: Performance Workshop (Ages 14 - 25)

Age of Influence: Performance Workshop (Ages 14 - 25)

with Olwyn Lyons Dance

  1. Monday 2nd July - Wednesday 4th July | 10am - 4pm | Free, Application Required

Clonmel Junction Festival is looking for motivated, creative young people aged 14 – 25 with an interest in performance, movement and dance. We are offering the opportunity for local young people to collaborate, devise and perform a new dance work under the direction of Choreographer Olwyn Lyons.

Take part in daily dance classes, work creatively and collaboratively and perform with other young people in an original dance theatre piece as part of Clonmel Junction Festival 2018.

You must be ready to commit to 3 days of rehearsals from the 2nd to the 4th of July 2018 with final performance 5th July 2018.

To apply, please download and complete the sign up form @ http://www.junctionfestival.co...

The Big Fish Pop Up Cafe

The Big Fish Pop Up Cafe

  1. Monday 2nd - Sunday 8th July | Daily | The Church @ Kickham Barracks

Take a break between shows at this relaxed pop-up cafe, serving coffee and light bites throughout the day.

Faces & Places of Clonmel

Faces & Places of Clonmel

  1. Tuesday 3rd - Sunday 8th July | 9am - 5pm | FREE | Main Guard

The rich history of Clonmel is written in its streets and the faces of its inhabitants. For this special exhibition, five leading photographers – all with strong connections to Clonmel – set out to capture the spirit of the town, its people and its public spaces. The resulting exhibition, Faces & Places of Clonmel, offers five strikingly different perspectives. Featuring work by Cyril Helnwein, John D Kelly, Justyna Kielbowicz, Mark Stedman and Donal Wylde, Faces & Places of Clonmel is a unique celebration of life in Clonmel today.

Celebrating 50 Years with STAG

Celebrating 50 Years with STAG

  1. 21st June - 25th October | 10am - 4.45pm | FREE | Tipperary County Museum

STAG (South Tipperary Arts Group) was founded in Clonmel in 1968 and has been nurturing and guiding its members for 50 years. This year, in association with Tipperary County Museum, STAG marks its half century with an exhibition, Celebrating 50 Years with STAG, showcasing the contemporary art practice of current and former STAG members at all stages of their professional careers. This exciting collaboration highlights the extraordinary platform STAG has afforded its past and present members, enabling them to realise their artistic goals.

Get Animated

Get Animated

  1. Tuesday 3rd - Saturday 7th July | 1pm - 6pm | FREE | South Tipperary Arts Centre

CJAF invited 2nd-year Animation students at LIT Clonmel to respond to this year’s festival theme, ‘on the river’, and they rose to the challenge! The resulting films, showcasing a range of animation techniques, will be shown on a continuous loop, and visitors will be able to take a peek behind the scenes at their creation. Don’t miss the special event on Tuesday 3 July at 2pm, where a number of the animators will discuss their work and offer you a chance to try out some of their techniques!

The School of Looking: The Colour of Time

The School of Looking: The Colour of Time

Cleary Connolly

  1. Tuesday 3rd - Saturday 7th July | 10am - 6pm | Free | South Tipperary Arts Centre

Cleary Connolly present three interactive artworks exploring our perception of colour and time. Afterimage (2018), produced with support from Curam Centre for Research in Medical Devices and Galway City Arts Office, uses the phenomenon of negative afterimage to colour 20 black and white portraits of people who live and work in Galway. Real Time Rolling Shutter (2012), produced with support from Clarity Centre for Sensor Web Technology and the RPA, is inspired by Jacques-Henri Lartigue’s classic photograph of an automobile race, where an unusual distortion of the image captures and expresses movement in time. In the Picture (2010). This interactive installation uses a long exposure video to continuously mix the present moment with one thousand previous frames, representing one thousand moments passed.

Image: One of Cleary Connolly’s metaperceptual Helmets, produced with support from The Arts Council

Yoga at St. Patrick's Well

Yoga at St. Patrick's Well

  1. Monday 2nd - Sunday 8th July | 10am | €10 | St. Patrick's Well

What better way to start the day than with yoga in one of Clonmel’s most beautiful spaces? Every morning Finola O’Sullivan will lead a one-hour yoga session at St. Patrick’s Well that will leave you refreshed, reinvigorated and ready for another day of festival fun.

Tickets will be available to purchase at the venue on the morning.

Lego Workshops

Lego Workshops

  1. Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July | 10am, 11.15am, 1pm, 2.45pm, 4.30pm | Free but Ticketed | Showgrounds Shopping Centre

Do you want to create something amazing, but don’t know where to start? Whether you’re a beginner or a serious Lego fanatic, these workshops will bring out the master builder in you!


10-10:45AM: EARLY ENGINEERS (4-6 YRS)

11.15-12.30PM: JUNIOR ROBOTICS WE DO (7-9 YRS)

1-2.15PM: JUNIOR ROBOTICS WE DO (7-9 YRS)

2.45-4PM: SENIOR ENGINEERING MACHINES & MECHANICS (8+ YRS)

4.30-5.45PM: SENIOR ENGINEERING MACHINES & MECHANICS (8+ YRS)


FREE BUT TICKETED. Tickets can be booked online by clicking the times above and will be available to book from the CJAF Box Office from Monday, 18 June.

A Walk on the Wild Side

A Walk on the Wild Side

Heritage Walks by the Suir

  1. Sunday 8th July | 10.30am & 2.30pm | Free | The Main Guard

Join walker, wanderer and Clonmel native Shay Hurley for a Sunday stroll along the ‘banks of the gentle Suir’. Starting from outside the Main Guard, O’Connell Street, Shay will lead you through the town and out into the open countryside, pointing out sites of interest along the way. Suitable for all ages. Please wear suitable shoes or boots and bring rainwear – just in case.

CBI Book Clinic

CBI Book Clinic

  1. Friday 6th July | 12pm - 4pm | FREE | Big Top @ Kickham Barracks

Feeling uninspired by your bookshelves at home? Why not pay a visit to the CBI Book Clinic? Our friendly Book Doctor will prescribe the perfect cure for your book-based blues. Simply take the prescription to your local bookshop or library and – hey presto – no more blues!

The CBI Book Clinic works on a first-come-first-served basis. Waiting lists may apply during busy periods.

The School of Looking: Metaperceptual Helmets

The School of Looking: Metaperceptual Helmets

Cleary Connolly

  1. Tuesday 3rd July - Saturday 7th July | 10am - 6pm | Free | South Tipperary Arts Centre

Internationally renowned Irish artist Cleary Connolly will take up residence in Clonmel during the festival, holding a number of workshops where the public can become actively involved in exploring art and science.

For many years Cleary Connolly have been exhorting people to see the world differently. This extraordinary series of wearable artworks, hand crafted by vintage carriage builder Neil Mckenzie, enables you to see the world through the eyes of a range of creatures, both real and mythical, from a hammerhead shark to the Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland.

Produced with support from the Arts Council. Held in conjunction with South Tipperary Arts Centre and LIT.

Family Fun Day at the Park

Family Fun Day at the Park

  1. Saturday 7th July | 12pm - 4pm | Free | Denis Burke Park

Roll(erskate) back the years in Denis Burke Park at this 1980s-tastic Family Fun Day! With a host of retro-flavoured games and activities – from egg and spoon races to a Jane Fonda-style workout – there’s something for everyone to enjoy, so dust off those deely boppers and sweatbands and Moonwalk back into a world where a mobile was something you hung from the ceiling and Twitter was a noise made by birds! P.S. Don't forget your picnic blanket!

Age of Influence: Over 55s Dance Class

Age of Influence: Over 55s Dance Class

  1. Friday 6th July | 12pm | Free | The Gym @ The Barracks

Dance isn’t just for the young! Join choreographer Olwyn Lyons as she puts you through your paces in this dance workshop for people over 55. All abilities and levels of experience welcome!

Free Entertainment at the Showgrounds Shopping Centre

Free Entertainment at the Showgrounds Shopping Centre

  1. Tuesday 3rd - Sunday 8th July | Free | Showgrounds Shopping Centre

All sorts of characters will be making an appearance at the Showgrounds Shopping Centre over the week, from clowns with glitter workshops to pop up superhero theatre, keep your eyes peeled for all sorts of hijinx!

Take Me With You - A Message in a Bottle

Take Me With You - A Message in a Bottle

  1. Wednesday 4th & Thursday 5th July | 12pm - 2pm | Free | Showgrounds Shopping Centre

Artist Rachel Helena Walsh invites you to join her for a workshop exploring the subject of hope, happiness and kindness. With help from Rachel, you’ll create a message in a bottle full of kind words, magical moments and the things that make you smile. After the workshop, the bottles will go on display and the public will be able to take home your words.

Game On

Game On

  1. Thursday 5th July | 1pm - 6pm | FREE | LIT Clonmel

Calling all gamers (no matter what your level) to a very special free game show/demo on Thursday 5 July. Try out brand new games from up-and-coming game designers from the Game Art Design Degree in LIT, and get the inside scoop on how games are created!

Hero's Choice

Hero's Choice

  1. Saturday 7th July | 2pm | FREE | CJAF18 Family Fun Day

‘I'm the one they’re calling a superhero, an angel of our time’

THE BOX returns to the Festival with Hero's Choice, a super-powered, superhuman musical. A hero is forced to choose between the one she loves and her heroic duties. What should she do? Like a cross between The Last Five Years and Spider-Man, Hero’s Choice is all-singing, all-dancing, all-world-saving new show sure to bring out the superhero in you!

Stagecraft believe theatre is for everyone, especially children, and their custom-built pop-up children’s theatre THE BOX was specially designed to bring theatre to young audiences.

The Camida Street Party

The Camida Street Party

Sponsored by Camida

  1. Tuesday 3rd July - Thursday 5th July | 1pm - 2pm | Free but ticketed | Mitchell Street

Put your party hat on and make your way down to Mitchell Street for a free street party with a difference! Once again CJAF has joined forces with Camida to transform Mitchell Street into a giant party. With delicious food, great music and special performances from local and visiting artists- including the sensational Grant Goldie- over three days, this year’s street party is even bigger, bolder and better than before.

The street party is a free event but tickets are required for food. Tickets are available from the CJAF Box Office on the day.

Hero's Choice

Hero's Choice

  1. Thursday 5th July | 1pm | FREE | Showgrounds Shopping Centre

‘I'm the one they’re calling a superhero, an angel of our time’

THE BOX returns to the Festival with Hero's Choice, a super-powered, superhuman musical. A hero is forced to choose between the one she loves and her heroic duties. What should she do? Like a cross between The Last Five Years and Spider-Man, Hero’s Choice is all-singing, all-dancing, all-world-saving new show sure to bring out the superhero in you!

Stagecraft believe theatre is for everyone, especially children, and their custom-built pop-up children’s theatre THE BOX was specially designed to bring theatre to young audiences.

Hero's Choice

Hero's Choice

  1. Friday 6th July | 1pm | FREE | Showgrounds Shopping Centre

‘I'm the one they’re calling a superhero, an angel of our time’

THE BOX returns to the Festival with Hero's Choice, a super-powered, superhuman musical. A hero is forced to choose between the one she loves and her heroic duties. What should she do? Like a cross between The Last Five Years and Spider-Man, Hero’s Choice is all-singing, all-dancing, all-world-saving new show sure to bring out the superhero in you!

Stagecraft believe theatre is for everyone, especially children, and their custom-built pop-up children’s theatre THE BOX was specially designed to bring theatre to young audiences.

Under the Arches

Under the Arches

  1. Tuesday 3rd July - Friday 6th July | 1pm - 2pm | FREE | The Main Guard

Head down to the Main Guard on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at lunchtime to enjoy some wonderful free music and a sneak preview of some of the festival’s upcoming shows.

Stephen James Smith Workshop

Stephen James Smith Workshop

Spoken Word Workshop

  1. Saturday 7th July | 3pm | Free but ticketed | Clonmel Library

Interested in spoken-word performance? This workshop is open to beginners and experienced poets alike. Don’t miss your chance to hone your skills with one of Ireland’s leading performers!

Stephen has been facilitating spoken word workshops with schools and CYTE over the past number of months as part of this year’s participation programme and now offers a opportunity for the general public to get involved.

Free but ticketed. Tickets will be available to book from the CJAF Box Office from Monday, 18 June.

The School of Looking: Meet the Artists

The School of Looking: Meet the Artists

CJAF18 Special Talk: Meta-Perceptual Helmets

  1. Thursday 05 July | 4pm | FREE | South Tipperary Arts Centre

Meet Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly, the team that created Metaperceptual Helmets, and discover what inspired their creation. Places limited.

The River Animals Take to the Streets

The River Animals Take to the Streets

Maurice Caplice in collaboration with Diarmuid Vaughan

  1. Tuesday 3rd - Sunday 8th July | Free | Around the Town

Unleash your creative side with this exciting collaborative project that invites you to help decorate three sculptures in Clonmel. Leading artist Maurice Caplice has created The River Animals Take to the Streets, a series of public sculptures based on river animals, but he needs your help to complete them!

Piano Bar

Piano Bar

  1. Various Dates | Evenings | Free | Multiple Venues

You don’t always need a ticket to enjoy music at this year’s festival, or even to move from your stool! Throughout the festival, leading pianist Kate Twohig will be coming to a pub near you, armed with a portable piano, for a free pop-up performance accompanied by special guests. The times and locations are a secret, so keep your eyes and ears peeled!

Misheard Lyrics

Misheard Lyrics

A series of prints from Three Bullet Gate

  1. Tuesday 3rd - Saturday 7th July | 10am - 5.30pm | Free | The Narrow Space

‘Excuse me, while I kiss this guy’, ‘Sweet dreams are made of cheese’, ‘I can see clearly now Lorraine has gone’: everyone has a favourite misheard lyric.

Over the years calligrapher Sarah O’Dea has listened to friends and family belting out bizarre versions of what they think they’ve heard. The resulting lyrics are often much more interesting than the original. For this playful exhibition, specially designed for the festival, O’Dea has created a series of original gouache illustrations to frame these misheard lyrics. Funny, beautiful and strangely touching, Misheard Lyrics celebrates the accidental brilliance of our everyday mistakes.

John Kennedy: Verlassen

John Kennedy: Verlassen

  1. Tuesday 3rd - Sunday 8th July | 11am - 8pm | Free | Magazine @ Kickham Barracks

John Kennedy’s paintings explore the abandonment of objects that may once have performed an important function. In verlassen (the German word for ‘abandoned’) he depicts subjects (including machinery, religious statues and fishing huts) left with nothing but the memory of their former glory, inviting the viewer to ponder the reasons for their demise.

John Kennedy lives and works in Clonmel. He completed a BA in Fine Art at Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork in 1996.

James Earley Residency

James Earley Residency

in collaboration with Joe Channon

  1. Tuesday 3rd - Sunday 8th July | Free | Around the Town

James Earley’s magnificent mural on the side of Channon Blacksmiths in Anglesea Street is the most spectacular legacy of last year’s festival. This year we’re delighted to welcome him back with an exciting new collaborative project. Working with Channons, Earley will create a brand-new artwork that takes its inspiration from the River Suir. Blending traditional and modern materials, ‘Stained Suir’ will be an interactive sculpture that encapsulates the movement of the river.

FLOW: Primary School Art Project with Artist Pat Looby

FLOW: Primary School Art Project with Artist Pat Looby

  1. Monday 2nd - Sunday 8th July | 11am - 8pm | Free | The Church @ Kickham Barracks

CJAF has worked with many primary schools over the years to produce some wonderful artworks. This year the festival commissioned artist Pat Looby to create an artwork with local primary school children. Throughout May and June, pupils from Sisters of Charity NS, Presentation Clonmel NS, CBS Irishtown NS, Powerstown NS, St Oliver Plunkett NS and Gaelscoil Chluain Meala created FLOW, a magnificent hand-stitched tapestry celebrating the River Suir. The finished tapestry is on display throughout the festival at Kickham Barracks Church.

This project will focus on ‘Fabric and Fibre’, with the outcome being a stitched textile piece. Each pupil will work on a stitch and theme that will contribute to a larger tapestry, which will then be displayed for the duration of the Junction Festival in July. The theme for this larger Tapestry piece will be The River Suir.

Come and see the product of their hard work displayed in the church at the Barracks, for the week of the festival.

Pat Looby is an experienced artist with her own studio practice. An art teacher in Patrician Presentation Secondary School, Fethard, she has extensive experience of working on art projects with primary school children.

The Ryans & Friends

The Ryans & Friends

Baker's Bar Trad Sessions

  1. Monday 2nd July | 9pm | FREE | Baker's Bar

Head down to Bakers on Monday evening, where trad legends The Ryans will keep the festival spirit going through the night, aided and abetted by a few special guests.

Festival Club with Tonie Walsh and Guests

Festival Club with Tonie Walsh and Guests

  1. MONDAY 2nd - sunday 8th July | 11pm til late | Free | 2nd/3rd/4th/5th/8th Bakers, 6th/7th Resident's Bar @ Hearns

Legendary DJ, Club promoter and Clonmel native, Tonie Walsh, will DJ the festival club each evening with special guests.

Tonie will also dress the club, creating an installation inspired by the theme of the festival.