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Nuala Hegarty Chairman of AOIFA 1982 - 1984
Nuala Hegarty passed away on December 10th 2013. She was a founding member of North Dublin Flower Club in 1969 and a founding member of the Association of Irish Floral Artists in 1973. Nuala was the first treasurer of AOIFA and National Chairman from 1982 to 1984. A qualified AOIFA Teacher, NAFAS National Judge and NAFAS National Demonstrator, Nuala travelled extensively, ably representing the association and generously sharing her knowledge of all aspects of floral art, from traditional to still life and contemporary. She was a floral artist in the truest sense, with a keen eye for colour and composition. There are few AOIFA teachers, demonstrators or judges who have not benefited from Nuala's vast experience in all three disciplines. To attend her demonstrations and workshops was always a pleasure and a wonderful learning experience. Inspired by the work of the UK's Club in the Park contemporary design group, Nuala and Ann Janson co-founded Solas Nua in 1997.
During her term as AOIFA Chairman, Nuala organised a large and very successful Flower Festival at Castletown House in 1982, followed by the AOIFA National Competitions in 1983, at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Nuala also donated a perpetual trophy to AOIFA, which is now presented to the winner of ‘Best in Show’ at the AOIFA National Competitions.
In recognition of her commitment to AOIFA and to floral art, Nuala was presented with the Life Vice President's badge in 1986.
Making full use of her many skills, Nuala designed and exhibited at many flower festivals throughout the country. With her good friend Rev. William McMillan, she was involved in organising international floral art events in Dromantine College, Newry. A dedicated competitor, she won major awards at the AOIFA National Competitions, NAFAS National Shows and World Shows. She was the winner of ‘Best in Show’ at the AOIFA National Competitions in 1990 and a prize winner at the fourth World Flower Show in Toronto in 1993, with her inspired contemporary cityscape.
Nuala will be fondly remembered by all AOIFA members as a warm, generous person who loved to teach and share her knowledge and for her commitment to the Association and to floral art.
We extend our sincere sympathy to Nuala’s family and to the North Dublin Flower Club.
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