News

A round-up of Club activities and notification of upcoming events.

Diary Dates 2016-2017

 

23rd September 2016 Friendly Bouquet Day
22nd October 2016 Floral Artist of the Year and Inter Club Competition – Clonakilty Parish
Centre
3rd November 2016 A.O.I.F.A. Council Meeting – Red Cow Moran’s Hotel, Dublin
November 2016 Mass for Deceased Members (Date to be confirmed)
February 2017 “Gardening Talk” – Parish Centre, Clonakilty (Date to be arranged)
11th March 2017 Regional Open Show – Acton’s Hotel, Kinsale
22nd March 2017 A.O.I.F.A AGM – Red Cow Moran’s Hotel, Dublin
31st March 2017 35th Anniversary Celebratory Dinner – Fernhill House Hotel, 7.30pm
8th April 2017 Workshop, Marie Dodrill – Parish Centre, Clonakilty
8th May 2017 Gala Charity Floral Demonstration – Fernhill House Hotel, Clonakilty
9th – 11th June 2017 National Flower Festival -“Celtic Way”- Ardee, Co. Louth
18th – 25th June 2017 W.A.F.A World Flower Show -“Flowers in Paradise”- Barbados
6th – 8th October 2017 The National Competitions & Social Weekend – Bloomfield House, Mullingar

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.

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400 Years of Flowers

Clonakilty Flower Club presented "400 years of Flowers" in Spillers Lane, Clonakilty, on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August last, in conjunction with the celebrations for the 400th anniversary of Clonakilty receiving its Town Charter in 1613. The exhibits displayed an interpretation of local landmarks and businesses as well as historical figures down through the years.  We were blessed with the fine weather all throughout the week-end and were delighted that so many people visited the Exhibition and expressed interest in the Flower Club.

 

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.

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!!!!

 

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.

Members in Period Costume

Members in Period Costume