The sun is shining for the sake of Applefest in Clonmel – Photo 1 of 6

The autumn sun shone on Clonmel Applefest last Saturday as their Apple & Heritage Fair took place in the Friary parking lot on Abbey Street.
There was a buzz in the air as people gathered to take in all that the festival had to offer at their ever popular event.
With a range of interactive crafts to choose from, adults and children alike participated in Etching with Aoife Barrett from Print Van Go, Pom-making with Kriti Khatri, Clay Modeling with Singleton Ceramics, and Quick Weaving with Elke Wilson. .
Brigid Teehan facilitated the writing of calligraphy as people left their messages of sorrow and love in the Caim Coracle to be released as part of the indigenous harvest procession on Sunday evening. There were delicious dishes on offer with baked potatoes from the new company Spudzies, coffee and baked goodies from Fitnut Coffee, freshly made pancakes from Rom Crepes and free samples of delicious sourdough breads and Sourdough bread generously donated by Hickeys Bakery. Tastings of Cashel Blue Cheese and their delicious Shepherd’s Store cheese were also offered.
There were cheers from the crowd as the Con Traas Apple farm tractor pulled up with a trailer full of freshly picked apples, some of which were passed through the traditional apple press that was on display. Irish Seedsavers and Galtee Honey were also present as well as Chou’s Cottage offering their fine range of Irish crafts.
Applefest welcomed the wonderful colors of Tipperary Pride by providing support and information as well as origami “love doves” for the audience to write their positive messages on and then display on an ornamental tree. The girls from Shear Creations also came down to do makeup.
Spoken Word and Poetry Trail curator Eileen Acheson was the emcee for the stage welcoming the poets featured in the Applefest Poetry Trail to share their poems. The microphone was opened to the public to read a piece of poetry or prose of their choice, and a member of the Applefest team spoke of wonderful memories of Mary Cummins with her recital. Singers Marie and Jayne wowed the crowd with their harmonies while singer-songwriter Nicantsaoi featured her gorgeous song Apple Walk in her set.

The heritage day singers were Marie Walsh and Jane Mc Loughlin.
The Native Harvest Procession and Mourning Ritual went as planned, departing from Old St Mary’s Park as the rain cleared and the sun began to set. A merry band of revelers dressed in fanciful costumes and masks passed through Irishtown and performed a modern harvest ritual along the banks of the River Suir. Breege Phelan sang a lament as the Caim Coracle, the bearer of the messages of grief collected over the past few weeks, was released onto the waters in a very poignant and moving ceremony.
Clonmel Applefest looks forward to welcoming the public to Old St Mary’s on Sunday October 3 to enjoy the Community Picnic Feast from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. as well as entry to the Community Feast Food Challenge. Bring your own plates, cutlery and food to share! The Rockwell Music Academy will be hosting a Music and Movement workshop at 11am. At noon there will be a biodiversity walk with Louise Garcia and the Spoken Word with Eileen Acheson will be at 4 p.m.

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