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The Association of Irish Floral Artists (AOIFA), which was founded in 1973, is the official organisation of affiliated Floral Art Groups and Flower and Garden Clubs in Ireland.

National Flower Festival 27-29 Sept 2019

SPLENDOUR IN FLOWERS AND STONE

St. Colman's Cathedral, Cobh, Co. Cork

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Two niches remaining to be filled. If interested please contact Mary O'Brien on 087-131 8044

Letter from Chairperson

I hope you are having a nice break for the summer.

It was wonderful to see such a response to the competitions at Bloom and Cork Summer Show. I was delighted to attend both events. Well done to all who participated and congratulations to those who won prizes, especially to the Doddervale Team who received a silver gilt award. It is so encouraging to see standards improving – it has to be the Floral Art Classes! There are a number of other shows run by dedicated AOIFA people all over the country which provide opportunities for people to compete at all levels. Thanks to all those who work tirelessly behind the scenes and to those who judge on the day.

We are delighted to welcome on board a new cohort of Demonstrators – I wish them much enjoyment and satisfaction as they travel around to the clubs. Preparations are already in hand for the Judges’ Course.

The council meeting on 7th November will feature a fun Demonstration with a twist, entitled “Pandora’s Christmas Box” by Carola Kean NAFAS –definitely not to be missed!

Our main focus now is on is on the National Flower Festival, “Splendour in Flowers and Stone”, to be held in Cobh in September. Thank you for your generous response in volunteering to exhibit. I know you will enjoy the experience as it is a great privilege to be able to work in such an iconic building. Thanks to the committees who are working on the catering, the raffle and acquiring items for the stalls – books pertaining to Floral Art and Gardening will be most welcome but no bric-a brac please! I hope the potting up is going well!

We are providing a very full and interesting schedule over the weekend. The festival, at which Mr. Adrian Gebruers, cathedral organist and carillonneur, will play the recently restored Telford organ, will be opened by Senator Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House. A concert featuring Amanda Neri, supported by the Cork RTAI choir will be held in the Cathedral on Sat. 28th at 8pm. (Tickets available in the Parish Centre opposite the Cathedral on the night.)

Cobh, with all its varied attractions, is waiting to welcome you!

Mary

AOIFA @ Bloom 2019

30th MAY – 3rd JUNE 2019

9am – 6pm – Phoenix Park

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for more information on Bloom go to

www.bloominthepark.com

AOIFA @ Cork Summer Show 2019

Saturday June 15th & Sunday June 16th, 2019

9.00 am to 6.00 pm - Curraheen Showgrounds

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GO TO GALLERY FOR PHOTOS AND RESULTS

for more details on Cork Summer Show go to

www.corksummershow.com

Chairman's Meeting 2019

Our annual Chairman's meeting took place on Thursday 16 May 2019 at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Little Island, Cork. Our meeting was followed with a visit to Coosheen - the garden of Hester Forde in Glouthane.

Photos from the Chairman's meeting and garden visit can be found in Gallery

Congratulations Beverly! Bronze at Canada Blooms

Congratulations to Beverly Buttimer of Clonakilty Flower and Garden Club, current runner-up to the AOIFA Floral Artist of the Year who represented AOIFA at Canada Blooms 2019 and gained a Bronze medal for her wonderful, vibrant exhibit.