A round-up of Club activities and notification of upcoming events.
1916 Centenary Celebrations
March 14th 2016 was a busy day at Clonakilty Flower Club. Our Spring Show titled “Spring Fashion Circa 1916” was a great success. Neighbouring Clubs were invited to participate.
Competition Judge Elma Power AOIFA was very impressed with the entries.
An evening of music from Sacred Heart Secondary School Transition year pupils and their teacher Una White complimented flower arrangements from club members who depicted in flowers the following songs.
‘A Nation Once Again’ by Joan O’Donoghue and Margaret O’Brien
‘Grace’ by Beverley Buttimer
‘Oró Sé Do Bheatha ‘Bhaile’ by Sheila Gilbert
Thank you to all the Ladies for their wonderful presentations.
The choir was just outstanding and a credit to their school and teacher.
Their concluding song was ‘Let it be’.
Ber Madden recited two poems by Padraig Pearce: ‘The Mother’ and ‘The Wayfarer’
Ber explained some of the background to the two poems it was most informative and entertaining
The evening was attended by the Mayor of Clonakilty Cionnaith O’Sullivan, the Chairman of ‘Duchas Clonakilty’, John Loughnane, Parish Priest Monsignor Aidan O’Driscoll, and many visitors.
Competition prizes were presented by Mr. Mayor.
Our Club members did us proud by dressing up in period fashion and paraded through the stage in style.
To conclude the evening club hospitality was enjoyed by all.
The commemoration night was a wonderful success.
Floral exhibits from our show were displayed in shop windows in Clonakilty during the following Easter Week.
A Floral Odyssey
The 11th World Flower Show "A Floral Odyssey" was held in Dublin June 19th – 22nd 2014. Clonakilty Flower Club Members participated in different ways: Exhibitors, Demonstrator, Judge, Staging Stewards and Stewards. Carmel O'Driscoll kept a sharp eye on exhibitors during staging. Mary Susan O'Callaghan and Margaret O'Donovan staged the Craft Classes. Yvonne Hayes and her daughter Louise did trojan work on the ticket collection. Several members helped with the demonstrations, lectures and stewarding on the floor during the four days. This was much appreciated by the WAFA Ireland Board.
Sheila Gilbert and Beverley Buttimer exhibited in Class 3 "Forgotten Place" and Class 20 "Ebb and Flow". They said that this was an amazing experience. It was a personal challenge and a great achievement.
Ebb and Flow
Una Fleming judged the Special Awards: Best use of Foliage, Best use of Texture and Best Interpretive Exhibit.
On Sunday afternoon Una assisted by Margaret O'Donovan took part in the Irish Demonstration with Diane Gallagher and James Burnside. The title of her design was "Ireland of the Welcomes" The design was based on a open half door of a fisherman's cottage to welcome all.
An enthusiastic group of 50 members led by Club President Betty Shorten set off for the RDS on Thursday 19th at 6.00am. They spent two enjoyable days viewing exhibits, attending demonstrations, lectures and of course shopping.
Visitors to the show were astounded at the 670 innovative and creative designs which filled two halls. Best in Show was won by Vinita Khemka from India. Class 11 "Quietude". Runner up to Best in Show was Wendy Parsons UK Class 15 "Vertical Thoughts"
HERE WE COME BARBADOS!!!!
WAFA Barbados Committee
Clonakilty 400 – 5th May, 2013
Clonakilty Flower Club members took part in the Clonakilty 400 celebrations on Sunday 5th May, 2013. They dressed in costumes from the Stuart period and carried baskets of tussie mussies.