Clonmel (klŏnmĕlˈ) [key], town (1991 pop. 15,562), administrative center of South Riding, Co. Tipperary, S Republic of Ireland, on the Suir River. Footwear, cider, enamelware, tubular steel furniture, baby carriages, computer disk drives, and canned meat are produced in Clonmel. It is also a tourist center with good hunting and salmon fishing. Clonmel was once a stronghold of the powerful Anglo-Norman Butler family. Oliver Cromwell captured it in 1650. Many restored ecclesiastical sites still remain. The author Laurence Sterne was born there.
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