Dahlia show goes on in spite of hor­rid weather


Bray People - - About Greystones -

THE WEATHER was one of the main top­ics of con­ver­sa­tion at the Del­gany & District Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety’s Dahlia Show, which went ahead against the odds last Satur­day at St. Pa­trick’s N.S.

There was a smaller at­ten­dance than nor­mal but those present en­joyed the colour and vi­brancy of the dahlias, the many other flow­ers, pot plants cacti and the ex­ten­sive dis­play of veg­eta­bles, toma­toes and fruit.

Ge­orge Jones, Mayor of Grey­stones, came along to con­grat­u­late the So­ci­ety on the ex­cel­lent turnout and to award the tro­phies.

Over 40 vases of dahlias bright­ened up a gloomy rainy Satur­day with Trevor Steven­son, Lough­lin­stown, and John Markham, Grey­stones, shar­ing the sil­ver­ware.

Trevor’s vases of Gateshead Fes­ti­val and Bracken Bal­le­rina were much ad­mired and he won the points race, and re­ceived the O’Brien Cup, D&DHS SF Cup and Bray HS Per­pet­ual Tro­phy for the best dec­o­ra­tive, best other dahlia and most points re­spec­tively.

Jimmy Kilkenny from Bray and Niall Coveny from Grey­stones also kept the other gardeners on their toes. Niall grew the best vase of five ball dahlias and also dis­played the best vase of ten flow­ers.

Ellen O’Neill, Black­lion, and Tr­ish Walsh, Ap­ple­wood Heights, en­joyed grow­ing for the new­comer class with a gor- geous vase of Ellen’s tak­ing the Fair­field Salver.

The late Joan O’Re­gan, Killiney, was a reg­u­lar cacti and suc­cu­lent ex­hibitor at the Del­gany shows for forty years or more and her daugh­ter Mrs. O’Re­gan-Doyle do­nated a large tray of Joan’s plants to the So­ci­ety. A raf­fle was held for the plants and St. Luke’s Hospi­tal will re­ceive a cheque in com­ing weeks.

Niall Cow­ley with his prize winning ex­hi­bi­tion of a vase of ten dahlias.

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