Welcome to Clonmel, the county town and largest settlement of County Tipperary, Ireland. Named after its honey meadows, Clonmel is a town steeped in history and known for its resistance to Cromwellian forces during the Irish Wars. With a population of just over 17,000, Clonmel is a charming and welcoming destination for visitors to Ireland. Let’s explore some of the highlights of this hidden gem.
One of the main attractions in Clonmel is its medieval town walls. The walls were breached during the Cromwellian invasion but remnants can still be seen near Old St. Mary’s Church. The church has a fascinating history and was fortified in its early years. Three gates once protected the town, but now only the West Gate remains as an open arched entrance onto O’Connell Street.
Clonmel is also known for its rich political history. It was the site of the foundation of the Irish Labour Party in 1912 by James Connolly, James Larkin and William OBrien. Additionally, the captured leaders of the Young Irelanders were brought to Clonmel for trial following the failed rebellion near Ballingarry in 1848. The trial garnered international attention and brought journalists from around the country and Britain to Clonmel Courthouse.
The town is situated in the valley of the River Suir, which divides the town with most of it located on the north bank. Surrounding the town are the Comeragh Mountains to the south and the Golden Vale to the north, east, and west. Clonmel has become home to many large multi-national medical companies, such as Abbott and Boston Scientific, and produces many beverages both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, including the famous Bulmers cider.
In terms of retail, Clonmel offers both national and local retailers. The main shopping streets are Gladstone Street and O’Connell Street, which are home to retailers such as Elverys Sports, Penneys, River Island, and Easons. The Showgrounds Shopping Centre and the Poppyfield Retail Park are both located on the outskirts of town and offer a range of stores, restaurants, and coffee shops.
Clonmel is a unique town with a rich cultural heritage and plenty of modern amenities. Whether you’re interested in history, shopping, or outdoor recreation, Clonmel has something to offer everyone. Come and experience the warmth and hospitality of this charming Irish town for yourself.