JUDGING of the 2019 Collins, Brooks & Associates Clonakilty Window Box and Hanging Basket competition took place recently, this year, there was a marked increase in the number of displays throughout the town
In her comments, international AOIFA judge, Mrs Una Fleming, emphasised that the freshness of the flowers at the right peak on the day was the real deciding factor. She also pointed out that continuity of colour and the choice of window box or basket, together with the choice of bloom throughout the whole design were the main criteria and was applied in abundance over all categories.
She also commented on the excellent choice of colour, particularly on Pearse Street where various presentations complemented each other and most effectively showed off their premises.
Despite keen competition, the Chunky Chip was again declared ‘Best Overall’ for the second consecutive year.
All involved in this laudable civic exercise were warmly congratulated and the floral welcome is much appreciated by both locals and visitors.
The prizegiving ceremony for all category winners will take place at a later date and the Best Overall will be presented with the Liam and Betty Collins perpetual rose bowl for this the 35th year of unbroken generous sponsorship by Collins, Brooks & Associates.
Residential: 1 The Flynn Family, 71 Tawnies Crescent; 2 Connie and Seamus Daly, 8 Casement St; 3 (jointly) Cait and Michael O’Sullivan, 15 Casement St, and Kevin and Mary Mullen, 44 McCurtain Hill; very highly commended: Ronan Archbold, 57 Tawnies Crescent, and Joan O’Reilly, 9 Casement St.
Commercial: 1 Martin Kelleher Property Services, Fax Bridge; 2 Collins Brooks & Associates, Solicitors, Rossa St; 3 (jointly) Bateman’s Shoes and Moderne Cleaners, Pearse St; very highly commended: Coisir, Bella Donna and Kerr’s, Ashe St.
Public House: 1 Fahey’s Bar; 2 De Barra’s Bar; 3 (jointly) The Brewery Bar and Scannell’s; very highly commended: Mick Finn’s.
Hotel and Guest House: 1 Nordav Guesthouse; 2 Fernhill House Hotel; 3 Bayview Guest House; very highly commended: An Sugán.
Restaurant and Café: 1 The Chunky Chip; 2 The Courtyard; 3 An Sugán; very highly commended: Betty Brosnan’s Café and Richy’s Restaurant.
Best New Entry: Fuji Film.
Best Colour Co-ordination: Eimear Ryan, Beauty and Skin Care.
Best Street: Pearse Street.
Special Recognition Award: Municipal District of West Cork.
Best Overall: The Chunky Chip.