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
“Dull November brings the blast;
Then the leaves are falling fast.” Sara Coleridge
These lines come to mind at this time of year as I see the almost now bare trees which are a definite reminder that winter, with its own striking beauty, is well and truly here.
This is the busiest time of the year for demonstrators and I thank them for the amazing work they do. I hope you now have time to focus on your own Christmas preparations. I also want to thank the clubs all over the country who are so committed to fundraising for our charity, Pieta House.
As the year draws to a close it is time to reflect on the hectic year that was, staging the Social Weekend and National Flower Festival, six months apart. Your participation made both events a tremendous success and I hope you have pleasant memories of both.
On the education front Floral Art Classes were held in Cork, Naas, Sligo and Thurles. The high standard of tutoring by our teachers was very evident in the work produced by the participants. I encourage you to share what you have learned with your clubs and continue to progress by entering club night competitions and competing at shows at every opportunity. AOIFA is very proud to welcome 17 newly qualified demonstrators, from all over the country, to its ranks. There was a very positive response to the Judges’ Information Day and training will begin next year.
There was a higher than expected turn out at the November meeting in the Radisson. It was business in the morning with time given to a presentation on the GDPR by Gail Chamelin. In the afternoon Carola Keane brought some light relief with her fun style demonstrating and eased us into the Christmas mood. Another great demonstration is promised for our AGM in March with Lee Beryl, NAFAS.
I’m looking forward to attending the World Show in India in February – don’t forget the vaccinations and visa! Best of luck to all the competitors, Brenda Joyce, who is doing the honorary exhibit and Candy who will be on the Judging Panel.
As we reflect on our New Year’s resolutions for 2020 let us put the care and protection of our fragile environment on the list.
Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Daoibh!
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.