represented the Country!
nominated by The Department of the Environment, Community and Local
Government to represent Ireland in the Village category of the 2013
European Entente Florale Competition. Each year one village and one
town in Ireland are selected to represent their country in one of Europe’s
most prestigious competitions, so it was a great honour for
the people of Clonegal to have their village chosen to represent Ireland.
Eleven countries competed in this competition including: Austria, Belgium,
United Kingdom, Germany, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Slovenia,
Croatia, Czech Republic and Ireland. This project was co-ordinated
through the Community & Enterprise Department
of Carlow County Council, under the Leadership of Director
of Services Bernie O'Brien and her team including Anna Byrne & Jannette
Clonegal often has been referred to as the “Switzerland of
Cradled in the valley
between the Blackstairs and Wicklow Mountains
and straddling the meeting place of the rivers Slaney and Derry, Clonegal hosts
breath taking views of an unspoiled natural beauty.
This beautiful village has a tremendous respect for its history and Heritage
which spans many centuries, but yet the proactive community of Clonegal continues
to go from strength to strength over the years.
Clonegal has taken part in the National Co Operation Ireland Pride of Place
platform, as well representing the County in Washington USA at Nations in Bloom.
The Community has been working tirelessly on the Tidy Towns programme for
over 20 years, which has resulted in attaining and maintaining Gold medal status
in 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013.
It is no surprise that the village and its warm community were selected
to represent the Country in the Entente Florale International Competition 2013.
Clonegal took part in Entente Florale?
To be chosen to represent your County is an honour and Clonegal had the
opportunity to perform on an international stage.
Participation in Entente
Florale is a wonderful occasion for all of the community to get involved
play your part, no matter how big or small, for your area, as well as an
opportunity to learn something new about where you live.
There are terrific
opportunities to showcase the Village and all of the wonderful things
it has to offer to a wider European audience, which has a huge Tourism
potential to the area.
Visit Entente Florale website: http://www.entente-florale.eu/