Clonmel â€˜never looked as goodâ€™ as it did last Friday when judges from around Europe came to assess the the town for the Entente Florale competition.
The judges visited over twenty different parts of town and heard from almost thirty subject experts over the course of the day.
The competition brought groups from all disciplines together to showcase what is best about Clonmel. During the day the judges met with a wide range of community and voluntary groups who all took time out of their schedules to showcase the town to the visiting judges.
Speaking to The Nationalist, chairman of the judging panel Inka Truxova, said she had been impressed by the preparation and presestation in Clonmel.
She said the judges were looking at the overall environment of the town, under specific categories, but a major consideration was the quality of life.
She was happy with the presentations made and the number of interesting sites visited.
School children from St. Oliverâ€™s in Elm Park met with the judges and gave them a guided of the school gardens, the trees, vegetable garden, their bug hotel â€œBug-ingham Palaceâ€ and much more.
Residents of all ages from Willow Park turned out to meet the judges as they arrived at the estate on the Fethard Road. Willow Park, winners of the Clonmel Borough Council Estate Enhancement Scheme demonstrated the results that can be achieved by working together.
Throughout the day the judges asked questions of each group and experts were on hand to provide answers.
The judging day ended at Mick Delahunty Square where they were shown planting outside the library by the local GIY group and they were treated to a
performance by Banna Cluain Meala and their colour guard in glorious sunshine.
Speaking afterwards, Mayor of Clonmel Billy Shoer said that the day had meant so much to so many
He said that he was extremely proud to be Mayor of a town where people all worked together for a common goal. He thanked each group afterwards at an event in Hotel Minella.
The steering group for Clonmelâ€™s entry into the competition sought to make enhancements that would have a long lasting impact after the
competition judging day and they believe that they achieved that.
Chair of the committee Ger Walsh said - â€œWhat we have achieved is fantastic, especially in such a short space of time. What we need to do now build on this and carry onâ€.
Results will be released on September 14.