Situated on the banks of the River Suir, Clonmel has all the facilities that one would expect to find in a town of its size. It has always been regarded as the best shopping town in the South East of Ireland and great efforts have been made in recent years to preserve the character of the shop fronts in the town and restore them to their former styles. The town has a population of 17,000 within the borough, with an additional 5,000 in the surrounding area making Clonmel an expanding industrial town and a thriving commercial and business centre with many fine hotels, pubs, and guest houses.

The rolling Comeragh Mountains to the south and Slievenamon to the east provide a scenic backdrop to the town from almost every vantage point. The River Suir has been a major influence on the town’s development and the river route, historically used by barges to transport food and supplies between Clonmel and Waterford, can now be taken in by foot or bicycle as part of the Suir BlueWay. In the water, Clonmel hosts Ireland's first canoe slalom course and is home to the Irish Canoe Slalom Club Championships.

Health and Safety

As always, Clonmel Junction Arts Festival is taking every precaution to ensure the safety and health of our audiences. In order to do so, we:

- Seek advice from and with local authorities and public health officials for current COVID-19 restrictions and recommendations.
– Require staff and event-goers to stay home if they have any COVID-19 symptoms according to the latest HSE guidance on when to self-isolate.
- Offer a flexible refund policy to encourage attendees to comply with these rules.
– We’ll cover the basics at each venue including hand sanitiser, ventilation, cleaning and any requirements as per guidelines.

Attendees have a shared responsibility in event safety. If you have any symptoms prior to the event including: fever, a new cough, and sudden loss of taste or smell please don’t attend.  We will of course give you a full refund in this event. 


We are offering concessions with up to €5 off full ticket price for 65+ and students to our ticketed shows. These are available in person at our box office and online.

Refund Policy

We are offering a flexible refund policy, if you for any reason can't attend an event you have bought tickets to you can transfer them to a friend or family member yourself or we can issue you a refund. If you can't attend an event you have a free ticket to please let us know so we can allocate it to another person.

How to get here

The town of Clonmel is served by train and bus links to both local and national destinations.

Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann) has daily rail links to both Waterford and Limerick Junction and from these stations you can continue your journey to various destinations. For timetables, journey planners and ticket purchases please see the Irish Rail website at

Bus Éireann offers connections to many parts of the country including Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Kilkenny and Waterford as well as serving local towns such as Cahir, Carrick-on-Suir and Clogheen. You can access their website,, for the most up to date timetables and journey information.

JJ Kavanagh are an independent bus provider which serves Clonmel. For information on routes and to book, see


Ireland's Ancient East

Wander through Time in your own immersive journey of 5,000 years of European History

Ireland’s Ancient East is a unique touring region taking in an amazing 5,000 years of history in the East and South of Ireland.  From passage tombs like Newgrange (older than the Egyptian pyramids) to Palladian Mansions like Powerscourt and Castletown; from Celtic and monastic sites to medieval castles and high crosses harking back to Early Christian Ireland, nowhere in Europe offers such a wealth of heritage in such an intimate geographical space. 

Connecting the past and present, this is the perfect opportunity to have a personal journey of discovery in this relaxing, off the beaten track, lush, green, beautiful landscape that has attracted warring settlers for millennia.  Meet the locals and get ready to have a memorable experience as they enthral you with stories of a time of contrasts, of empire, rebellion, innovation and industry, as well as local legends.

Walk around incredible monastic sites where Early Christians established flourishing communities.  Stand inside castles battered by brutal sieges and bloody battles, and wander the gracious manor houses and delightful gardens of the aristocracy.  You can do everything from boarding a replica Famine ship to following in the footsteps of Vikings and Normans.  Explore a land of living culture which is celebrated in its craft, food, music and festivals.  With some of the best storytellers in the world, the intrigue, romance and incredible tales of Ireland’s Ancient East are yours to discover.

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