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.  

Save the Date

AOIFA are celebrating their 50 year Golden Anniversary this year

................. and we plan to celebrate in style.

On November 2nd in the Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise, following our Council Meeting we will be having a Celebration 4 course lunch followed by a Gala Demonstration.

Please put the date in your diary and join us for what promises to be a very special occasion.

WAFA Board Meets in Tokyo

Kitty Gallagher Ireland, WAFA Chairman, with members of the WAFA Board in Tokyo.

Floral Artist of the Year (FAY) and Inter Club Elimination Heats 2023

Application Forms for the FAY and the Inter Club Floral Art elimination heats are now available to download.

The title for the FAY is 'Striking Contrasts' and for the Inter Club, 'Aspects of Autumn'.

Closing date for receipt of application forms is 14 August 2023.

Competition date is 14 October 2023 in venues in Conna, Co Cork and Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Co Meath.

Don't be disappointed, get your application in now. 

Advanced Floral Art Course

Details  of the upcoming Advance Floral Art Course have been announced. 

The relevant registration form is available here and under 'FORMS' on this website.

Are you curious about this course? ... 

Is this course something you may be interested in?...

Why not come along to the free Information morning on Saturday 21st October 2023 when all your questions will be addressed.

'Aspiring to Inspire' at An Grianán

An inspiring and creative programme of fun and friendship has been planned for the weekend of Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October 2023 .

Check out the programme of events below. Registration form is available here and under 'Forms' on this website.

Please note that the Teaching Demonstration by Eva Holmes and James Burnside may be attended separately. Admission €10.

Progamme An Grianan 2023.docx

Dedication of the Very Rev William McMillan Memorial Garden

Elizabeth Murray, Ann Clifford and Christine Hughes at the unveiling of the memorial garden for Rev McMillan in Dunmurry , Co Antrim, on Saturday 10 June 2023. 

Sculpture created by Tim Mulchinock and his son.

Congratulations to NIGFAS on their Golden Anniversary. 

Christine Hughes, Ann Clifford and Elizabeth Murray had great pleasure in attending their celebrations on Saturday 10 June 2023 in Templepatrick.

AGM 2023

Cherie Nummy, NAFAS National Demonstrator and a member of NIGFAS wowed us with her demonstration titled "One for the Money" at our AOIFA AGM on 9 March.   Photos from the meeting and demonstration can be found here

AOIFA Council Meeting 2022

Eleven new AOIFA Judges were presented with their Certificates and Badges at the Council Meeting on Thursday 3 November 2022.  Pictured are the new Judges with the Judges Committee and Course Advisors.

New Vice-Chair Announced

Siobhan McInerney of Charleville Flower and Garden Club was introduced as the incoming Vice Chairperson.  Siobhan will join the incoming AOIFA Executive in March 2023

Pictured left to right: Ann Clifford, Current AOIFA Vice-Chairperson, Siobhan McInerney, Incoming Vice-Chairperson, Christine Hughes, Current AOIFA Chairperson

Gold Award for AOIFA at Bloom 2022

Sutton Floral Art Group created the  superb AOIFA exhibit for Bloom 2022 which was awarded a Gold Medal.  

Pictured Left to Right: Karen O'Farrell, Sutton Floral Art Group, Diane Gallagher AOIFA @Bloom Coordinator, Sharon O'Sullivan, Sutton Floral Art Group

Ali Dietrich wowed the audience with her delightful demonstration "The Nutcracker". Click for photos.

AOIFA National Competitions 2022

was held at the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill, Galway.  Photos of the creative work of our competitors including the Floral Artist of the Year and the Inter-club competitions can be viewed here





"Elements of Nature"

All classes are full and no further entries are being accepted 

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 

Autumn 2022

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