âCLONAKILTY is a class apart,' was the comment of one of the judges in this year's Window Box and Hanging Basket competition in the West Cork town.
Breda Crowley, praising the townspeople for their efforts and hard work, said the creative combination of colours and textures, together with the obvious care of so many of the displays, were a tribute to those involved.
Breda recently returned from Barbados where she was one of the judges at the WAFA World Festival of Flowers.
Back in Clonakilty, she praised DeBarra's on Pearse Street which was declared Best Overall and Mount Carmel (Clonakilty District Hospital) which will be the recipient of a Special Recognition award.Â
Roni Collins, on behalf of the sponsors, thanked Mrs Crowley for her meticulous attention to detail while paying tribute to all those whose beautiful displays adorn the town year after year. The prizegiving will take place at a later date.
Results: 2017 Collins Brooks & Associates Window Box and Hanging Basket results:
Residential - (1) Seamus and Connie Daly, 8 Casement St; (2) Ronan Archbold, 57 Tawnies Crescent; (3) The Lordan Family, 2 The Parish Field; (4 jointly) Pat and Mary Hayes, St. Joseph's Gullane and Michael and Cait O'Sullivan, 15 Casement St.; Highly Commended, Nigel and Noreen Buchan, 11 Oliver Plunkett St., and Mrs Bernie Jennings, 3 Casement St.
Public House - (1) DeBarras; (2) Faheys; (3 jointly) The Brewery Bar and The Courtyard; (4) Mick Finns.
Hotel and Guest House - (1) Bayview Guest House; (2) An Sugan; (3) Fernhill House Hotel.
Restaurant - (1) An Sugan; (2) The Chunky Chip; (3) Richy's; Highly Commended, Aris and Betty Brosnan's CafÃ©.
Commercial - (1) Martin Kelleher Property Services; (2) Centra; (3) Collins, Brooks & Associates; (4) Clonakilty Credit Union; Highly Commended, Coffey's Financial Services.
Best Colour Co-ordination - Seamus and Connie Daly.
Best New Entry - White Fawn.
Best Street - Pearse Street.
Special Recognition Award - Mount Carmel, Clonakilty District Hospital.
Best Overall â DeBarra's.