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.
Letter from Chairperson
“Splendour in Flowers and Stone” is now history. St. Colman’s Cathedral was embellished with the most wonderful and varied designs – definitely interpretation at its best. The size of the Cathedral seemed daunting at first but you all rose to the challenge with your amazing designs. Viewers were most impressed by the clever interpretation of the titles and the sensitive decorations throughout. One spectator commented “I know now why it’s called Floral Art.” Passengers from the US, Canada and the Continent, travelling on the cruise liners, described the festival as “World Class” – so exhibitors take a bow!
The concert on Saturday night featuring Amanda Neri and supported by the RTAI Cork Choir provided much needed relaxation after the busy staging. She enthralled her audience with a carefully chosen repertoire. Audience participation was a feature and it was great to hear “Tulips from Amsterdam” and “Funiculi Funicula”resounding throughout the huge nave.
Running a National Festival on this scale requires much help and support. I was so fortunate to have an amazing team - Mary Frahill, Margaret Ahern, Bridie Terry and Noreen Forbes. Thank you to Cobh Flower and Horticulture Club and to all the AOIFA members who helped on stalls, with catering, the raffle and stewarding - a special word of appreciation to those who travelled long distances to be with us.
Now it’s from the sublime to reality! The Floral Art classes are continuing. Thank you to the Teachers’ Committee and teachers for their excellent organisation and tutoring. It is so rewarding to see the progress being made from class to class. Christmas Dem time is upon us and I wish our Demonstrators safe travels on their way around the country. Plans are underway for the Judges’ Course which will commence in autumn 2020.
I look forward to meeting up with you all again at the Council Meeting on 7th Nov – one not to be missed - Carola Keane, NAFAS, has some surprises up her sleeve!
AOIFA Council Meeting 7 November 2019
The AOIFA Council meeting took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island, Cork on Thursday 7th November 2019 followed by a demonstration by Carola Kean of NAFAS. Photos here
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.