Ferrybank is a handy location for the city itself , good schools & a huge investment planned for the North Quays - some good pubs but for restaurants , cinemas etc. you'll have to cross the bridge .
Can't comment on Clover Meadows but if your budget can sustain it I would suggest the Dunmore Road area may be a better option.
And remember Ferrybank is dangerously close to Kilkenny !!