As June draws to a close, we see restrictions slowly being eased and life is starting to buzz about us again. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all local businesses the best of luck re-opening their doors and send our thoughts to those who sadly could not. At Applefest we are passionate about supporting local business and produce – Tipperary has so much to offer! And by supporting local, we can help our town to grow and prosper.
Clonmel Applefest is going ahead:
Applefest, as ever, is moving forward with hope and excitement towards our September 25th festival date. We are planning a series of mostly outdoor events, focusing on this year’s theme of ‘Wild & Wonderful’. A ‘Wild Walls’ biodiversity trail, walks, a discussion on re-wilding (the large-scale conservation practice gaining momentum worldwide to restore depleted landscapes and wildlife stocks) and of course our very popular Apple & Heritage Fair are just a few of the events we are planning to bring you as part of a vibrant, interesting and safe Applefest 2020.
One of the most popular aspects of Applefest has been the Poetry Trail and Spoken Word event. We will soon be announcing a call out to all local poets, amateur and professional alike, to submit their entries for this year’s Poetry Trail under the theme ‘Walk on the Wild Side’. So be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates!
Clonmel Junction Arts Festival:
Over the last few months, the Junction Festival has re-imagined its 2020 edition to take onboard the challenges of the COVID pandemic and the need for social distancing. Taking place from the 4th to the 12th July, the festival will comprise of over 50 specially created digital events and several placeholder events at various locations around the town of Clonmel. This includes a Spoken Word event curated by Eileen Acheson and several musical treats under the title ‘Clonmel Originals’. For more details and to download a brochure, go to the Junction Festival website.
Blueway, Tidy Towns & other bits of green news:
As we continue to mind ourselves and stay socially distant, it is wonderful to see the River Suir Blueway getting so much use. People are reminded to be careful not to use bikes at speed on the Blueway and to use their bells, and to take their rubbish home! Clonmel Tidy Towns continues its trojan work of keeping the Clonmel public realm free of litter; their June National Springclean was attended by over 30 people and 40 large bags were collected.
Meanwhile, Suircan Community Forum has been occupied with removing giant hogweed from Suir Island and a few other locations along the river, as well as the very pretty but highly invasive Himalyan Balsam. It is advised that if anyone should see a giant hogweed plant (which are over 2 meters tall) they should contact Suircan on firstname.lastname@example.org who can advise and support with the plant’s removal.
And we aren’t the only ones getting busy, as the bees hit their ‘flow’ round about now. This is a time when nectar sources are in abundance for the bees, meaning they can dramatically increase the amount of honey they create in the hive. Which means more honey for us too! Honey is high in anti-oxidants and some say it can help counteract the effects of hayfever. So it’s a win/win!
Applefest, as ever, is moving forward with hope and excitement towards our September 25th festival date. We were delighted to be invited by Melanie Scott, Tipperary Arts Officer, to join a networking meeting along with other Tipperary festivals to share knowledge and experience in these unusual times. All the festivals have had to adapt and evolve due to COVID-19, and it is amazing to see how much hard work is being done behind the scenes to keep the show going. We are excited to move forward with these new connections and to develop them further to bring you, the public, the best festival experience we can.
Here are some Tipperary festivals and venues to keep an eye on this summer;