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LIVE in the Market Place Shopping Centre, Clonmel
Do you live in or near Clonmel, or are you attending the Clonmel Junction Arts Festival? Our July Reimagine Café provides an opportunity for people to come together to reimagine the future of retail in Clonmel town centre in a creative environment.
As part of the Clonmel Junction Arts Festival, this café will meet in the former Superquinn shopping centre. Together, we will ponder and discuss a question facing many towns around Ireland: what happens when the shops sell up?
Trade has been a primary function of most of our towns, yet with the prevalence of cars, out-of-town retail and online shopping, many places face a major crisis of vacancy and dereliction. Could a thoughtful refocus on lived-in, walkable urban communities create a new era for the Irish town?
This Reimagine Café will be hosted by Emily-Ann Gilligan.
The Reimagine Café is a monthly online or in-person gathering created by the Irish Architecture Foundation for all those involved in placemaking and reimagining their built environment. Reimagine is funded by the Arts Council, the Department of Rural and Community Development, and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. Reimagine was made possible through seed funding by the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund.
Photo by Kevin O’Sullivan of the Market Place Shopping Centre’s empty supermarket, during a rehearsal for the play Everything Must Go! by Aideen Wylde and Donal Gallagher. Courtesy of Clonmel Junction Arts Festival. The play will be performed during the festival.