Reimagine Cafe

Join us for a Reimagine Café hosted by Emily-Ann Gilligan, a space for people who care about Clonmel to come together to reimagine the future of retail in their town centre. As part of the Clonmel Junction Arts Festival, this café will convene in the former Superquinn shopping centre. This one-hour event will give everyone a chance to share their thoughts, as we ponder a question facing many towns around Ireland - what happens when the shops sell up? Trade has been a primary function of most of our towns, yet with the prevalence of cars, out-of-town retail and online shopping, many places face a major crisis of vacancy and dereliction. Could a thoughtful refocus on lived-in, walkable urban communities create a new era for the Irish town?

The Reimagine Café is a monthly community space created by the Irish Architecture Foundation for all those involved in placemaking and reimagining their built environment. Reimagine is funded by the Arts Council, the Department of Rural and Community Development, and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. Reimagine was made possible through seed funding by the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund.

Emily-Ann Gilligan MRIAI is an architect and director at CANICE Architects. Prior to founding CANICE Architects, Emily-Ann worked in London for award-winning architect’s practices. She is a registered architect in both the UK and Ireland. She acts as an external architecture critic at Irish and international universities and is an on going contributor to the professional Architecture Ireland publication. Her Masters project which explored the decline of retail in our cities and the regeneration of vacant sites was awarded the Scott Sutherland Purchases Prize.




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Reimagine Cafe

What happens when the shops sell up?

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1pm – 2pm
Our Box Office is located at: 3 Parnell Street, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, Call: 087 3823000
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Join us for a Reimagine Café hosted by Emily-Ann Gilligan, a space for people who care about Clonmel to come together to reimagine the future of retail in their town centre. As part of the Clonmel Junction Arts Festival, this café will convene in the former Superquinn shopping centre. This one-hour event will give everyone a chance to share their thoughts, as we ponder a question facing many towns around Ireland - what happens when the shops sell up? Trade has been a primary function of most of our towns, yet with the prevalence of cars, out-of-town retail and online shopping, many places face a major crisis of vacancy and dereliction. Could a thoughtful refocus on lived-in, walkable urban communities create a new era for the Irish town?

The Reimagine Café is a monthly community space created by the Irish Architecture Foundation for all those involved in placemaking and reimagining their built environment. Reimagine is funded by the Arts Council, the Department of Rural and Community Development, and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. Reimagine was made possible through seed funding by the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund.

Emily-Ann Gilligan MRIAI is an architect and director at CANICE Architects. Prior to founding CANICE Architects, Emily-Ann worked in London for award-winning architect’s practices. She is a registered architect in both the UK and Ireland. She acts as an external architecture critic at Irish and international universities and is an on going contributor to the professional Architecture Ireland publication. Her Masters project which explored the decline of retail in our cities and the regeneration of vacant sites was awarded the Scott Sutherland Purchases Prize.




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