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Clonmel (population 16,182) is the capital of Tipperary South Riding. It lies on the on the River Suir on the Tipperary-Waterford border.

Attractions
Tipperary South Riding County Museum. Open Tuesday to Saturday all year.

The Museum of Transport in Richmond Mill, Market Place. Open Monday-Saturday.

The Franciscan Friary, featuring a 15th-century tower.

The Main Guard, the oldest public Classical building in Ireland. The facade visible today, dating back to 1674, was a courthouse built by James Butler, the first Duke of Ormonde. It is currently closed for restoration work.

The town walls, dating back to the 15th century.

Old Saint Mary's Church, built in 1204.

The County Courthouse, designed in 1802.

Temporary art exhibitions at the South Tipperary Arts Centre in Nelson Street.

Amenities
Clonmel's Greyhound Track is closed at time of writing, but it is expected to reopen in 2001. Normally, racing is held on Mondays and Thursdays at 8 pm.

Powerstown Park Racecourse, north of the town, holds several meetings throughout the year.

The town has several swimming pools and gyms, as well as a pitch and putt club and two nearby golf clubs: Clonmel Golf Club in Lyreanearla (Tel.052-24050/21138) and Slievenamon Golf Course on the Fethard Road.

Transport
Clonmel is on Bus Éireann's Limerick-Waterford route (six buses a day), which has connections at Waterford for Roslare ferry port.

There are four Bus Éireann Expressway buses to Dublin, and three to Cork.

There is one train a day from Cork to Roslare ferry port that stops at Clonmel. If you must travel by train to Dublin, you have to get the Cork train and change at Limerick Junction or get the Roslare train and change at Waterford. There is also a shuttle bus to Limerick Junction in the morning and back again in the evening.

Useful contact details for Clonmel
Train station (052) 21982
Bus Éireann (01) 8366111 http://www.buseireann.ie/
Iarnród Éireann (1850) 366222
or (01) 8366222 http://www.irishrail.ie/
Garda Station (052) 22222
Bank of Ireland (052) 21011
AIB (052) 22500
Clonmel Chamber of Commerce (052) 26500
Tipperary South Riding Enterprise Board (052) 29466
Saint Joseph's County Hospital (052) 77000
Tourist Information (052) 22960 www.clonmel.ie/tourism
   
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