Around Town – Free to Roam

Apple of My Eye Bunting Project

Location: Main streets of Clonmel

This project, devised by the Applefest team in 2020 in the midst of the first lockdown, is getting a new lease of life with larger flags added to the existing collection. This project enabled community participation in arts activities at a time when many facilities remained closed to children and the general public and now aims to increase the beautification and vibrancy of our town while celebrating the humble apple. With apple core illustrations as a starting point on repurposed canvas, we encouraged participants to use their creative skills to draw and decorate with ornamentation of their own choice. Special thanks to all the people who contributed in making a banner.

Biodiversity Mural by Brigid Teehan

Location: Denis Burke Park

Earlier in the summer, Clonmel Applefest hosted a Biodiversity Day in the park with mural painting in conjunction with Clonmel Tidy Towns. The mural was designed by artist Brigid Teehan with support from associate artist Paulette O’Donovan and included the participation of over 50 community members helping and contributing images to this striking wall art.

Poetry Trail – Rituals of Joy & Sorrow

Location: Lamp posts throughout the town

Our poetry trail is taking flight this year and spreading its wings beyond the town walls. Take a walk around town and discover a poem celebrating this year’s poetry callout theme of ‘Rituals of Joy & Sorrow’. Curated by Eileen Acheson and Jenny Cox.

Apple Dessert Trail

Location: Quimbys Cafe, Hickeys Bakery, O’Gormans Bakery, d’Bunked, Niamhs Cafe, Mai’s Cafe, Cluain Cafe.

Follow the Applefest Dessert Trail and taste the range of delicious apple-based treats being featured in local cafés and bakeries throughout the town for this year’s festival. Running from the 20th September.

Apple Haiku Wall Art

Location: Various locations throughout the town.

Haikus are 3-line poems originating from Japan. Local primary school children were invited to write Haikus on the theme of ‘my homeplace’ and take part in this fun project which will see large Haiku apple tree posters erected around town, bringing back briefly the town centre orchards of olden times.