Venue: The Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth. (see Events for further information)
Maynooth Flower and Garden Club was the brain child of Pamela Fegan and Felicity Satchwell. As they wended their way home from the Dunboyne flower club, where they were members, the idea took hold. Over a cup of tea around Felicity's kitchen table it was endorsed by their flower and garden loving friends, Sarah Angel and Imelda Desmond; all of them living in or around Maynooth. On October 21st, 1980 the first meeting took place with the help of the original committee which was comprised of nine people. (Original Committee Members)
Before very long the group was winning very coveted flower arranging prizes nationally and internationally. While Pamela sadly passed away a number of years ago, Felicity, Sarah and Imelda are still active members, all of whom will be competing at the World Flower Show in the RDS in June. The Programme of events for the first year reads like a who’s who of Irish flower arrangers! (Original Events Schedule)
In this way, the club grew by leaps and bounds and Maynooth Flower and Garden Club was soon considered to contain some of the most formidable floral art competitors. Felicity and Imelda entered NAFAS competition and often brought home prizes. Felicity made her global debut at the world show held in Bath in 1983. She became chairman of AOIFA in 1986 and the following year she won Flower Arranger of the Year. She took a 3rd in London the same year and a Highly Commended in the World Show in Brussels.
During its first thirty years, other club members entered at club level, and also in the case of Imelda Desmond at NAFAS shows in Britain, at Canada Blooms and at world shows. However, Felicity, in particular, continues to work tirelessly creating and maintaining the high standards for which Maynooth Flower and Garden Club is renowned. The Art Gallery Flower festival was organised under Felicity’s guidance in 1986, and she was adjudged Flower Arranger of the Year at this event. She brought her organisational expertise to many other shows including two in Maynooth. The festival at Carton House held in 1987 was organised by Noeleen O’Brien, who is currently enjoying a second term as Chairman of the club.
In 2012, Maynooth Flower and Garden Club was invited to represent AOIFA at BLOOM. We were truly delighted and following a huge amount of combined effort we came away with GOLD! What a triumph for the whole club. It is no mean feat to get combined skills and concensus with a large group and to come away with the top prize.