The AOIFA National Competitions and Social Weekend for 2022 will take place
in the Galway Bay Hotel on 6th - 9th October
We look forward to seeing you there!
**Competition Entry Deadline Extended - September 19th**
VIRTUAL WORLD FLOWER SHOW
"Elements of Nature"
SCHEDULE AVAILABLE HERE
The Australian Floral Art Association will host WAFA from 1st July 2024 to 30th June 2027.
The WAFA seminar will be held in 2025 and the WAFA world Show in 2027.
Official site for information: www.wafa-australia.org
Oman will host a WAFA Floral Event in 2024.
Kilkenny Flower Club
As our season begins to change, the glorious colours of autumn are with us.
We reflect on what a lovely summer we have had. The highlight for me was the AOIFA Flower Festival in Naas.
The whole weekend was terrific, the excitement on Thursday and Friday for the set up, arm-loads of plants and flowers being brought into all three Churches. You did yourselves proud!
The exhibits were just beautiful - all around there was creativity in abundance. Thank you to everyone who took part, you made the weekend special.
Now our thoughts turn to the National Competitions and Social Weekend in Galway. While the hotel is fully booked there is accommodation available near the hotel.
Competition classes are still open for entry, we have extended the closing date until Monday the 19th September, why not have a go? Our competitions secretary Paula Dowling would love to hear from you. The competition schedule may be downloaded from the AOIFA website.
Hot on the heels of the social weekend there is the council meeting on Thursday 3rd of November, where we will launch the Christmas season with what promises to be a wonderful demonstration, watch this space - no clues yet!
It is great to hear about all the clubs opening up and having all the various activities we do, it’s just good to meet up again.
2021 Virtual Poetry Competition
The results of the 2021 Virtual Poetry competition hosted by Bridget Morley are as follows:
1st Place: Emma Champ, Naas Flower & Garden Club
2nd Place: Nicola Desmond, Kinsale Garden & Flower Club
3rd Place: Mary Cowhig, Owenabue Flower and Garden Club
“Wait till I tell you what’s been going on,”
he slumps in his nest of a chair,
clutches the cigarette, places the lighter in his lips.
The goings-on are from forty years prior,
but I still want to hear them.
Time shared multiplies, and I’ll take all I can get.
Shades of him pepper my habits now -
cold coffee forgotten on the mantlepiece,
appreciation for a good woollen jumper.
Waning comprehension of the world beyond,
but still understanding me better than anyone.
My name is lost to time, my heart is not.
- Emma Champ, Naas Flower & Garden Club
Wait till I tell you what's been going on,
In the last 18 months all normality's gone.
Instead, our lives have become very strange,
The Covid pandemic has caused such a change
When the virus arrived, in a rather odd caper
Some people began bulk-buying loo paper.
Though grocery shopping was once a chore,
It's more entertaining than before,
For since Covid-19 came
It's turned into a guessing game.
Since most people wear a mask,
What was once a mundane task
Has become weekly puzzle,
"Name the face behind the muzzle!"
In a life without Covid, 'would be my first task
To go out and burn this thrice-cursed mask.
I'd place it on top of a funeral pyre,
Then gleefully watch the flames leaping higher,
In the last 18 months, I've become it's despiser,
How I long for a time without this damned visor!
Mary Cowhig - Owenabue Flower and Garden Club
Wait till I tell you what’s been going on….
So, let’s go back it won’t take long, a little adventure we did take and off to India we did make
On return oh what a surprise to be greeted by hand sanitiser and masks alike
Confined to our homes, no clubs could meet, Eileen O’Brien online sure no one could beat,
Then the call came no show, in the field we can’t go, get the classes together and online we will go
We’ve zoomed in and out, gone live and recorded, but without doubt our friendships survived it.
So, the vaccines delivered the doors are reopened, were back to the meetings the dems and the teachings
So, lets rally the troops from Malin to the Old Head and descend on the west and do what we do best.
- By Nicola Desmond, Kinsale Garden & Flower Club
Results of Floral Artist of the Year and Interclub Competition Heats
Floral Artist of the Year
Kathleen Barrett - Newcastlewest Flower Club
Eva Holmes - Kilkenny Flower Club
Sandra Jackson - Conna and District Flower & Garden Club
Malcolm Kitt - Cobh Flower and Garden Club
Helen Mullany - Cork Flower Club
Adrienne Thompson - Naas Flower & Garden Club
Karen Robinson - Wexford Flower Club
Harumi Langford - South Dublin Flower Club
Sharon O' Sullivan - Sutton Floral Art Group
Candy Holten - Ardee Flower Club
Lorraine O' Brien - South Dublin Flower Club
Maeve Duke - Doddervale Flower Club
Maureen Fagan - Maynooth Flower & Garden Club
Clonakilty Flower Club
Cork Flower Club
Kilkenny Flower Club
Wexford Flower Club
Owenabue Garden and Flower Club
South Dublin Flower Club
Maynooth Flower & Garden Club
Navan Flower & Garden Club