Friends of Clonmel

Peoria Illinois Sister City Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland

Friends of Clonmel - Peoria Illinois Sister City Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland




This year’s Annual Dinner on October 18, was our second year at The Waterhouse in Peoria’s Warehouse District. Despite a lower than normal attendance, the evening was full of fun, good food, and lively Irish tunes. The band Turas provided musical entertainment after dinner. The long standing tradition of a basket raffle rounded out the evening. Many thanks to the Friends of Clonmel Board members who donated the baskets. Without your support, the event would not have been the success it was. Shown below is the impressive display of gift baskets that were raffled. If members have suggestions on a future annual member event, please make your suggestions through our “Contact Us” page.



The Friends of Clonmel summer event was the Irish Derby. This horse race event was Saturday, June 29, 2013 at the East Peoria Festival Building. This fun event featured a prerecorded ten race program that race fans bet on to win “Derby Dough” to use toward some fabulous door prizes at the end of the evening. Thanks to the local Peoria area merchants listed below and FOC Board members who provided the prizes. Please support the local businesses listed below that helped the Irish Derby.



The Friends of Clonmel celebrated fifteen years of friendship by hosting three guests from Ireland on August 20-27, 2013 to coincide with Peoria’s Erin Feis. Long time friends, Vera Hewitt, Maureen McNamara, and Ted Boyle were our special guests. All three were instrumental in the development of the sister city agreement in 1998. Events included a City of Peoria reception at City Hall, dinner at the new Pere Marquette Hotel restaraunt, a private dinner at the home of Tim and Jolene Doyle, a tour of the new Riverfront Museum, an FOC meet and greet at Basta O’Neill’s, a commemoration of the 1998 sister city agreement on the main stage at Erin Feis featuring officials who were involved, and a tour of Maui Jim Sunglasses. Their visit was a fun filled seven days that served to renew FOC’s committment to promote the strong ties between Peoria and Clonmel. We would like to thank our esteemed guests for their time and support of this special relationship.

left to right: Ted Boyle, Vera Hewitt, FOC President Tim Doyle, Maureen McNamara


Delegation at the 15th Anniversary Celebration of the Sister City Agreement at Peoria’s Erin Feis

The City of Peoria reception at City Hall



On Sunday, April 28th, 2013 trivia fans battled for the bragging rights of who was the smarter bar. The second annual Sister Bar Trivia Challenge took place between patrons of Jimmy’s Bar of West Peoria and Carey’s Bar of Irishtown, Clonmel. At stake was the traveling trophy that Carey’s Bar won in 2012. Unfortunately, the trophy still resides at Carey’s. Their winning team pictured at the bottom of the photo spread posted a score of 36 out of 40 correct answers. Jimmy’s winning team, and defending local champions, “Fat People are Hard to Kidnap”, came in with a high score of 31 out of 40. The team was comprised of Tim Spears, Kevin Gorman, Tim Scmitt, and Jack Markovich. The two events ran concurrently via a Skype webcast. The purpose of the contest for both sides was to raise money for the return to Peoria by Clonmel’s youth band, Banna Cluain Meala. The Friends of Clonmel also ran a raffle for donated gifts that raised funds. We would like to thank our many generous sponsors listed below who helped make this event a success, and especially Publican Jim Spears, who opened his place up to us for a fun afternoon.


Presentation of the traveling trophy to Publican Michael Carey at Carey’s Bar on June 10, 2013.

Left to right: Kathy Tate, Farrell Robb, Karen Robb, Aidan Fennessey, publican Michael Carey, Terry Tate


1st prize winners in Clonmel congratulated by BCM’s Danny Carroll






First Ever Pub Crawl

In February 2013, FOC began the year with a pub crawl that featured an escorted tour of five Peoria area Irish Bars. Those places visited included, Jimmy’s Bar, Katie McButt’s, Donnelly’s, Kelleher’s Irish Pub & Eatery, and Carrigan’s Pub. It was a great way to start the year and get in the spirit for St. Patrick’s Day.