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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.

Social Weekend Reschedule

Social Weekend Cancellation Letter January 2022.docx

Flower Festival Viewing Cancellation

Letter of Cancellation January Viewing Day Flower Festival.docx

Winter 2021 Update

As the year comes to a close, the AOIFA Committee extends warmest wishes to all our members for a safe, comfortable Christmas.
It has been a year of much uncertainty but so many of us have found creative ways to keep in touch and safely continue to share the art of flower arranging despite everything.

We can't wait to welcome you back in 2022, especially to the Flower Festival (forms now available here) and wish you all a very Happy New Year.

AOIFA Executive

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

Conna
Qualifiers

Kathleen Barrett - Newcastlewest Flower Club

Eva Holmes - Kilkenny Flower Club

Sandra Jackson - Conna and District Flower & Garden Club

Reserve 1

Malcolm Kitt - Cobh Flower and Garden Club

Reserve 2

Helen Mullany - Cork Flower Club

Dunboyne
Qualifiers

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

Reserve 1

Maeve Duke - Doddervale Flower Club

Reserve 2

Maureen Fagan - Maynooth Flower & Garden Club


Interclub Competition

Conna
Qualifiers

Clonakilty Flower Club

Cork Flower Club

Kilkenny Flower Club

Reserve 1
Wexford Flower Club

Reserve 2
Owenabue Garden and Flower Club

Dunboyne
Qualifiers

South Dublin Flower Club

Maynooth Flower & Garden Club

Reserve 1
Navan Flower & Garden Club





Our Spring Programme on AOIFA Facebook Page

  • "Inspired by" Teaching Demonstrations by AOIFA Teachers

  • Favourites through the Gardening Year by Bríd Kelleher, Sutton Floral Art Group

  • Spotlight on some AOIFA Clubs who have managed to negotiate Lockdown and stay in touch with their members online