The Clonmel Workingmen’s Boat Club was established in 1883, at a time when many workingmen’s clubs were being established around the country.
Tipperary County Archives hold records for the organisation from 1910, click on the link below to find an extract from the minute books from 1910 and a full transcript of these books from 1910 - 1949.
From the records we hold we can see the participation of members in many national activities: in Irish language classes in the clubhouse; in labour, trades and union activities; in National and Irish Volunteers and in local government.
Boat repair, rowing, fishing and racing was available in the club and this was particularly strong in the early years. As well as focusing on the river and boats, the club carried out a very important social function. Card and billiard playing was carried out and dances were of huge importance. The was significant interaction between the Boat Club and other organisations and clubs in the town. In latter years, the club diversified somewhat and carried out a number of fascinating projects including, the River Suir Project (1991), the ‘Celebration of the Suir’ project and of course the conservation of the famous ‘Cruiskeen’ boat (2007).
For access to the minutes of the Clonmel Workingmen’s Boat Club
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