De Barra’s blooms again with award for window boxes.
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.”
Bobby Blackwell (De Barra’s), Ronni Collins, of sponsors solicitors Collins Brooks & Associates and Breda Crowley ( judge).