About CJAF

Clonmel Junction Arts Festival was founded in 2001 to celebrate touring theatre and live music.

On our 21st birthday, it is the pre-eminent arts organisation in Clonmel, providing a platform for regional and national artists, the infrastructure to develop a body of professional arts workers in the town, and a hub for national and international artists to share space and ideas with a large urban town at the heart of a rural hinterland.

A multi-disciplinary Arts Festival, CJAF celebrates the town of Clonmel and the talented artists who live and work here. The ‘junction’ of the title refers to bringing people together: audiences and artists, local and international companies, town and country. 

In 2022, we are delighted to return to live performance for live audiences, bringing the best of local and regional art together with exciting national and international work in a programme that promises to entertain and entrance you.

Full programme will be announced in May 2022. Box office opens June 2022.

Board of Directors

John Kennedy


John has a BA in Fine Art from Crawford College of Art and Design and is a practicing painter working from his studio in Clonmel. He is currently participating in a post graduate correspondence course in Painting and Professional Practice through Turps School in London. He also has a BA in Quality Management & Technology from IT Sligo and works as a Project Manager/Manufacturing Engineer at Abbott Vascular Clonmel. John is immersed in the visual arts and exhibits his work regularly through solo and group exhibitions around the country, and has also curated group exhibitions. His most recent exhibition was the group show Out Building at Source Arts Centre.

Deirdre Grogan


Originally from Belfast Deirdre has lived 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 was delighted to join the Board in 2017.

Paul Davey


Early years were spent in Co Mayo prior to moving to London to complete his education. His professional career was spent in the financial services industry. He served in various roles including Regional Bank Manager, Head of Customer Service, Head of Operations & Strategy, and more recently, CEO of Clonmel Credit Union. Paul gained a MBA in Management, Chartered Banker status and was awarded a Fellowship with the Institute  of Bankers. A family person at heart, Paul’s other interests include Rotary, travel, and horticulture.

Ricky Fitzgerald

Board Member

Owner of Curtains & Blinds since 1981, a former President of Clonmel Lion's Club, a member of the Tipperary Light Car and Motorcycle Club and a past President of Clonmel Chamber of Commerce, Ricky has sponsored and been a fan of the Festival since its inception. He is looking forward to bringing another successful Festival to the town in 2022.

Aine Ryan

Board Member

Áine Ryan is a solicitor with Binchy Law Solicitors, Clonmel. Originally from Newport, Co. Tipperary, Áine has lived and worked in Clonmel for 25 years. Áine has a great interest in the Arts and particularly enjoys attending theatre and live music events. Áine joined the Board in 2020.

Bess Hughes

Board Member

Bess ran a music venue for 20 years in Clonmel. She has always had a keen interest in the arts and has been an active member of the Board of Directors.

Professor Bill O’Gorman

Board Member

Bill O’Gorman arrived in Clonmel in 1981 to join Digital Equipment Corporation. Since then he has become embedded in the fabric of Clonmel and its environs, and is a former President of Clonmel Rugby Club. As Professor in Entrepreneurial Endeavour at Waterford Institute of Technology, he has been heavily involved in nurturing creativity and innovation within businesses in Ireland and across Europe. He is now looking forward to using these skills to support the development of the arts in Clonmel.

William Barrett

Board Member

Bill Barrett is a retired schoolwear retailer, with a long-time interest in and support of arts and artistic activities in the town. One of the founding members of Clonmel Film Society in the 1980s, Billy has a great interest in cinema and other visual art forms.

Mark Hanratty

Board Member

Mark Hanratty, a technical manager, moved to Clonmel almost30 years ago to work in Bulmer’s, where he spent 21 years; and has attended many arts events in the area since then, taking a particularly keen interest in visual art, music and comedy. He is a previous Chairman of the board of South Tipperary Arts Centre, and former board member of Clonmel Chamber of Commerce. He has been attending the Junction arts festival since its foundation in 2001 and looks forward to the 2022 festival with great enthusiasm.

Festival Team

Artistic Director:
Cliona Maher
Marketing Manager:
Emma Dwyer
Festival Administrator:
Production Manager:
Aisling Higgins
Liz Honan for EveryEvent

Music programme coordinators:
Eoin Hally/Kate Twohig
Sarah Moloney
Administrative assistant:
Emily Fitzgerald
PR Consultant:
Audience Development Consultant:
Una Carmody
Website designer:
Sarah Loh at White Setter Design
Festival photographer:

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