A spirit of co-operation has been hailed by the Mayor as being vital to Clonmel’s success in the European Entente Florale competition, after the town was presented with a silver medal at the prize-giving ceremony in Venlo, Holland on Friday night.
Cllr. Billy Shoer praised the many local groups that played a part in helping the town win the silver award.
“None of this would have been possible without many groups deciding that they wanted to do their best for Clonmel. The exceptional efforts of each and every person were pivotal to our success. The spirit of co-operation demonstrated was heartening and I hope that it has created a base from which we can build in the future”, he said.
The competition focuses on quality of life and environmental issues and is the largest competition of its kind in the world. Nineteen cities, towns and villages, nominated to represent their country, took part in the competition.
The silver award indicated a result of between 65% and 84% in overall marking. The jury praised Clonmel on many areas in the overall report. The close liaison between the statutory and voluntary agencies impressed the jury, as did the town’s links with the environment.
The jury praised the town’s seasonal planting displays and the report described many of the planted beds as being “superb in presentation”. The visit to St. Oliver’s School was also highly praised, as was the jury’s visit to Willow Park.
The jury report concluded that “it was obvious that preparations for the competition embraced the spirit of the competition and that all aspects of the criteria had been prepared”.
The Mayor also paid tribute to the steering committee who had worked on the Entente Florale project since last January. The committee consisted of representatives from Clonmel Borough Council, South Tipperary County Council, Clonmel Tidy Towns, Clonmel Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Clonmel Traders.
Meanwhile Cllr. Darren Ryan, a member of the steering committee set up to co-ordinate the town’s entry, has thanked in particular two groups that he said went above their call of duty - the staff of Clonmel Borough Council and members of Clonmel’s Tidy Towns Committee - to ensure Clonmel gained a silver award.
“In a time when Council budgets are being slashed, our town came together and ensured our town was looking so well over the summer months. The staff of the Borough Council, both indoor and outdoor, deserve huge praise. I witnessed at first hand the hard work they put in, we are fortunate to have such dedicated people working for our town”.
He described the Tidy Town’s Committee as “a dedicated group of volunteers who are seen on a daily basis working for our town’s environment”.