Flower power

De Barra’s blooms again with award for win­dow boxes.

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Áilín Quin­lan

A land­mark West Cork pub renowned for its eye- catch­ing flow­ers dis­plays in a pic­turesque town widely ac­knowl­edged for the qual­ity of its flo­ral dec­o­ra­tions has scooped t wo pres­ti­gious awards, see­ing off all ri­vals in a pop­u­lar and hotly con­tested an­nual sum­mer win­dow box com­pe­ti­tion.

De Barra’s pub, Clon­akilty’s best- known hostelry, scooped not just first prize in the public house cat­e­gory, but walked away with the over­all award in the 2017 Collins Brooks & As­so­ci­ates Win­dow Box and Hang­ing Bas­kets com­pe­ti­tion.

An­other well- known lo­cal restau­rant An Súgán, won first prize in its cat­e­gory, while the town’s Mount Carmel District Hos­pi­tal gained a spe­cial recog­ni­tion award.

In the res­i­den­tial cat­e­gory, Sea­mus and Con­nie Daly, 8, Case­ment St, won first prize and were also pre­sented with an award for best colour co­or­di­na­tion, while the Bayview Guest­house came first in the ho­tel and guest­house cat­e­gory, closely fol­lowed by An Sugán and Fern­hill House Ho­tel.

Best new en­try this year was the White Fawn boutique.

In the streetscape of Clon­akilty town it­self, Pearse St won best street ac­co­lade in the com­pe­ti­tion, which wa s judged by Breda Crow­ley from Coppeen, an in­ter­na­tional judg e at the re­cent in­ter­na­tional World As­so­ci­a­tion of Flower Ar­rangers event in Barbados.

“Clon­akilty is well known na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally for the beauty of its sum­mer street and home flo­ral dis­plays. We are ut­terly de­lighted that ev­ery­body made such a huge ef­fort once again this year,” said Eileen Kingston of the com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee.

“The beau­ti­ful flo­ral dis­plays by res­i­dents and busi- ness- own­ers alike help to make our town ever-more at­trac­tive for vis­i­tors, res­i­dents and shop­pers alike, and we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­forts of ev­ery­body in­volved.”

Pic­ture: John Coc­ula

Bobby Black­well (De Barra’s), Ronni Collins, of spon­sors so­lic­i­tors Collins Brooks & As­so­ci­ates and Breda Crow­ley ( judge).

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