We remember the Friends of Clonmel activities and all the memories we shared!

November 2020 - Annual Meeting

Dear Friends of Clonmel Members,

Due to the pandemic, and for the health and safety of our members, I am postponing the Annual November meeting until things are better.

Yvonne is doing well at Bradley.  We are still raising funds to offset her tuition.

The Derby Committee would like to thank everyone for your generous support and let you know we had an outstanding “Giving Back” event!

Thank you for your support and understanding during these challenging times. We will notify you as to when and where the next meeting will be held.

James R. Dillon

October 24, 2020 - Virtual Irish Derby


Watch the video of the live drawings

See the complete list of lucky winners

In response to the global pandemic and the safety of our members, the Friends of Clonmel offered GIVING BACK 2020, the virtual answer to the popular Irish Derby.

This year presented challenges for all of us including many of the local businesses who have generously supported the Friends of Clonmel and our Irish Derby fundraiser in the past. Instead of asking these businesses for donations, the Friends of Clonmel decided on a  ‘GIVING BACK’ theme by purchasing gift certificates and raffle items from them.

The Basket Raffle and the Grand Prize Drawing that you've always enjoyed were kept. Gift cards to some of the local businesses were found in some of the Baskets and the Grand Prize was an assortment of those gift cards worth a minimum of $1,000!!!

Newly added was a 50/50 Cash Raffle with proceeds of the raffle split 50/50 between the lucky raffle winner and the Friends of Clonmel.

Local Businesses Supported by GIVING BACK 2020

  • Alexander's Steak House
  • Basta East Port
  • Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano
  • Carrigan's Pub
  • Donnelly's Irish Pub
  • The Hayloft Shops
  • Hearth Restaurant
  • Jimmy's Bar
  • Kelleher's Irish Pub and Eatery
  • Le Peep
  • Peoria Art Guild
  • Peoria Flag and Decorating
  • Trefzger's Bakery
  • W.E. Sullivan's Irish Pub and Fare

2020 Intercontinental Readers Book Club

Due to the Global Pandemic, 2020 Book Club was postponed.

2020 book selections were

The Transatlantic Book Club by Felicity Hayes-McCoy

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

The Lives of Women by Christine Dwyer Hickey

The Last Ballad  by Wiley Cash

We encourage you to read these wonderful selections even if we could not meet!

November 9, 2019 - Irish Derby

The 7th annual Irish Derby was a fun and exciting evening of video horse racing with great friends and fabulous prizes.

November 3, 2019

Friends of Clonmel Annual Meeting - 2:00 pm

2020 Officers and Directors were elected at the annual meeting.

October 10, 2019 - Member Appreciation Night

For Members Only.  A great evening of fun with Friends of Clonmel members at Jimmy's Bar.

August 23 - 25, 2019 - Peoria Irish Fest

We had a great weekend celebrating all things Irish at the Peoria Riverfront!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our Friends of Clonmel booth in the Cultural Village for a visit.  Enjoyed seeing you there!

April 26, 2019 - Peoria Sister City International Night

Peoria's Sister City organizations came together on Friday, April 26, to host the third annual International Night. The event was held at the Itoo Hall in Peoria.

Multiple food stations, offering a variety of ethnic food samples, were available.

Entertainment included cultural music from each of the Sister Cities.

It was a fun evening of cuisine and music from Ireland, China, Germany and Lebanon, along with raffles and exhibits.

Sponsored by the Friends of Clonmel, Friends of Aytou, Friends of Benxi and Friends of Friedrichshafen.

Click here for more information from Explore Peoria.

February 2, 2019 - Irish Pub Crawl

The very popular Irish Pub Crawl was back again for the 7th year! The fun started at Jimmy's Bar and continued by Peoria Charter Coach to the best Irish Pubs in the area!

Thanks to all our sponsors!

January 22, 2019 - Connla Concert

Labeled as the Hottest New Group out of Northern Ireland, (Chicago Irish American News).  Connla has been quickly making an impact on the folk/traditional scene.  They are an exciting new band with strong traditional roots as well as influences from across the globe.  Their sensitive and innovative arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs and tunes have earned them praise across the folk community.

This program was a free concert open to the public and made possible with the support of the Friends of Clonmel and the Friends of Peoria Public Library.