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May Club Night 2017

Sunday, 07 May 2017, 22:43:13

Next Club Night is  Tuesday 16th of May in the  Glenroyal Hotel. 

Demonstrator Beatrice Hartog

Competition "From the Garden". 

May Club Night Poster



Monday, 17 April 2017, 13:51:09


Spring Show 2017

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13th December Club Night

Tuesday, 06 December 2016, 23:05:19

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Christmas Gala 2016

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 08:23:53

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AGM 2016

Wednesday, 12 October 2016, 18:39:25

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Wednesday, 08 June 2016, 10:39:38

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 22:27:48

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Monday, 09 May 2016, 22:21:42

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Annual Spring Show Saturday 16th April 2016

Monday, 02 May 2016, 21:34:46

Colette Grant


Tuesday, 15 March 2016, 22:58:22

Class A - March Winds

1st    Christine Hughes            2nd   Mary Cleary             3rd  Noeleen O'Brien                     

VHC  Sarah Angel                   C      Maureen Fagan         C   Kathleen Harper

Class B - March Winds

1st    Mary Strickland                     2nd   Marie Connolly

Plant - Daffodils

1st    Moira Baxter

2nd   Mary Healy

3rd   Judy Barry


Philomena Dully

Annual Spring Show Saturday 16th April 2016

Wednesday, 09 March 2016, 08:29:32

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15th March 2016 Club Night

Tuesday, 08 March 2016, 17:00:35

Colette Grant

Competition Results 16 February 2016

Monday, 07 March 2016, 20:14:52

Class A - Stark Beauty

 1st   Mary Cleary

2nd  Christine Hughes

3rd  Rosemary Smyth

4th  Sarah Angel

Class B - Stark Beauty

1st   Mary Strickland

Class C - Stark Beauty


Plant Competition - Helebore

1st    Moira Baxter

2nd   Colette Grant

3rd   Philomena Dully

VHC  Denise Farrell


Colette Grant

December Newsletter

Saturday, 16 January 2016, 20:07:49


December Newsletter

The past few months have been a busy time for the Club. In June the AOIFA National Flower Festival took place in Ennis with Noeleen O’Brien exhibiting. In October Mullingar was the host town for the AOIFA National Competitions and Social Weekend ‘Native to Charm and Delight’. Again the Club was well represented with entries from Felicity Satchwell, Rosemary Smyth, Noeleen O’Brien, Christine Hughes and Mary Cleary. In the Craft Class Rosemary received 1st, and Felicity was Highly Commended. In the Improvised Class Rosemary was Highly Commenced and Noeleen was Commended. Christine Hughes was awarded 2nd in the Pedestal Class and 1st for best Garden Foliage.

Results of Monthly Competitions 2014-2015

Class A                       1st   Mary Cleary                     Class B           1st Marie Connolly

                                  2nd Maureen Fagan                                         2nd Judy Barry

                                  3rd Kathleen Harper                                        3rd Bernadette Cullen

                                                                                                       3rd Mary Strickland

Class C                       1st Bridie Furlong      2nd Monica Carr

Plant Competitions: 1st Mary Cleary,  2nd Kathleen Harper,  3rd Moira Baxter

8 December – “Do Unto Others”

This night is being devoted to making small arrangements for The Festival of Flowers which is being held in St Mary’s Church, Maynooth on the weekend 11-13 December.   We would appreciate a great turnout on this night and also your support for the Festival.

Reminder – This is also a Competition night.

                        Class A – Decorate Your Door (Space not to exceed 75 cms in length)

                        Class B &C – Decorate Your Door (Space not to exceed 60 cms in length)

                        Plant – 1 stem of Winter Foliage, may include berries. Not to exceed 60 cms.

Dates for your Diary

Wed 18 November      Navan Floral Art Club – Gala Demonstration by Orla McGrane Ardboyne hotel, Dublin Road, Navan €10

Thurs 19 November    Christine Hughes – Demonstrator – Solas Bhride, Tully Rd Kildare Town – 7.45 pm - €8 incl refreshments (supporting Solas Bhride)

Wed 25 November      Dunboyne Christmas Gala

Mon 30 November      Lucan, St Mary’s Parish Centre, Flower Arranging (in aid of Lucan Sn Citzens)

Tues 8 December       ‘Do Unto Others’ - Maynooth

Fri-Sun 11-13 Dec      Maynooth Floral Festival, St Mary’s Church, Maynooth

Tues 19 Jan 2016       Christmas Dinner, Dunboyne Castle Hotel. 7.30 for 8pm.

Colette Grant

Results of Monthly Competitions 2014-2015

Sunday, 15 November 2015, 18:59:26

Results of Monthly Competitions 201402015

Class A   1st  Mary Cleary                             Class B    1st  Marie Connolly 

               2nd Maureen Fagan                                      2nd Judy Barry

               3rd Kathleen Harper                                Joint 3rd  Bernadette Cullen & Mary Strickland 


Class C   1st Bridie Furlong

               2nd Monica Carr

Plant Competitions

1st Mary Cleary

2nd Kathleen Harper

3rd Moira Baxter

Rosemary Smyth

Bronze at Canada Blooms

Friday, 18 April 2014, 19:10:39

As a regular entrant in Canada Blooms, I felt very honoured and excited to be invited to enter the 2014 International Invitational Class as Ireland’s representative. The title of the class was ‘My Wildest Dream’ 

What to do? How best to represent Ireland in a contemporary and relevant way? Many years ago, when looking to be ‘Inspired by the Artist’ for Maynooth Flower and Garden Club’s Annual Show, I was completely smitten by an exhibit of Eileen Gray’s wonderful creative pieces spanning her incredible 70 year working life! Her beautiful work with tubular steel, glass and her rugs were what I tried to depict in a floral format. Nuala Hegarty was our judge that year and she certainly shared my love of Eileen Gray!

The Pompidou Centre in Paris staged a huge exhibit of Eileen Gray’s work last year and on its conclusion, much of it was transferred to Dublin’s modern art gallery at Kilmainham Hospital, showing screens, rugs, her signature round tubular steel table, lamps and many other furniture designs as well as architectural drawings of her much lauded E027 house in the south of France. In this way I had an opportunity to become reacquainted with Eileen Gray’s creativity; a talent which certainly provided a challenge! The design task I set myself included a cork screen reminiscent of one she had designed and some dried plant material carpets, a schlack lamp base. ATalented carpenter friend of Felicity, Shay, made a replica of the lamp base which became a container for my ‘lamp’ – a sun flower! The design was both very detailed and labour intensive. While I was lucky to be in Canada in advance of Canada Blooms, I hadn’t a minute to spare.

And there was another serious challenge containing the four letter words ‘snow’ and ‘cold’! By March of any normal winter, Toronto people are getting restless and tired of winter but this year was exceptional. It was the coldest in over 20 years with many days below -20c, wind bringing these temperatures down into the -30s. March 12, the day scheduled for us to pick up our flowers, dawned blowing a blizzard a true ‘white out’. My grateful thanks to Sue Schaal whose driving skills and kindness ensured that we were able to pick up our flowers.

Of course, in weather such as that, flowers are very vulnerable. Thankfully we parked underground. So our work could begin without catastrophe. Despite having slept very little the previous night, time passed quickly as we worked incessantly towards our individual goals. How different was everyone’s interpretation of ‘Your Wildest Dream’. There were nine International entrants representing Barbados, Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, New Zealand and the US. We got to know one another somewhat as we worked and became more acquainted over lunch, when all was done and the judges were doing their job! We enjoyed a Welcome Dinner that evening in Helen Skinner’s house – an avid gardener but at this moment it was under several feet of snow.

Early on the 14th we arrived in the show hall eager to see where we were placed and to tend to our exhibits. I was thrilled to spy a Bronze rosette placed by my design. It seems a little overwhelming when competing with such talented floral artists! I had New Zealand on my left and the US on my right creating a different ‘Landscape of the Imagination’. Paola from Italy (beside Helen from New Zealand) is coming to WAFA and she and I are competing in the same class!

Several more dinners and outings ensued – including one to a very frozen Niagara Falls. The icicles on show have to be the largest ever formed! On St Patrick’s Day the International Group gave a demonstration, each doing one exhibit. Mine of course reflected the mood of the day, light and colourful, using orange and green! It was a lot of fun.

WAFA and Ireland were the talk of the show. Canada will be well represented both on the bench and amongst the public at WAFA Ireland in June.  Anne, the Jamaican entrant, told us she had packed some sun in her suitcase but was told at the airport it was too heavy! I assured them all that Irish sun would last for 3 weeks! My grateful thanks go to AOIFA for their generous subvention towards my expenses. Without it I could not have realised ‘My Wildest Dream!

Kathleen Harper

Annual Spring Show 2013

Friday, 11 April 2014, 16:51:13

Maynooth Flower and Garden Club
Spring Show
Saturday 13th April 2013
Glenroyal Hotel

The Spring Show took place in the Glenroyal Hotel on Saturday 13th April 2013.
The theme of this year’s show was The Gathering. And although we didn’t have any visitors from abroad we did have a “gathering” of family members and friends who came to support the exhibitors.
Numbers were down on previous years, but we had an excellent display of flowers and plants. Despite the harsh Spring weather when ourselves and gardens suffered, all exhibits were in pristine condition.
There is nothing that lifts our spirits, on a cold Spring Saturday, more than a room filled with the scent and colour of flowers and plants.

Nineteen exhibitors created 34 entries in the Floral Design section and 35 entries in the Garden section. The Floral exhibits ranged from tiny miniatures of 10 centimetres with a title of “Simple Things” to large 75 centimetres displays titled “Back to Your Roots”. In the Garden Section there were lots of healthy Daffodils and Hellebores.

The judge on the day was Maria Carey, who had the difficult task of deciding the winners and who provided informative and positive comments and helpful advice and hints.

The satisfaction of having created an arrangement and displaying it in public is a wonderful experience and congratulations go to all our prize winners. A special thanks to all who entered the competitions and to our visitors who supported us and bought raffle tickets and plants. Thanks to all who helped in any way to make our Show a successful and enjoyable day.

Kathleen Harper,
Competition Secretary.



AOIFA Ruby Anniversary Booklet - Maynooth Flower and Garden Club

Friday, 11 April 2014, 16:43:34

Maynooth Flower and Garden Club was founded in 1980. Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 8pm in the Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth. Our annual show is held in late April. In 2012 our club was asked to represent AOIFA at “BLOOM”.   We were so delighted to win Gold. One of our keenest members, a celebrated flower arranger and gardener, Aileen Howard, has just celebrated her 92nd birthday. May she enjoy many more! Secretary: Janet McCann

Rosemary Smyth

Gold at Bloom 2012!

Monday, 17 February 2014, 15:45:42

Early one evening last January, with Christmas fresh in the memory, I received a phone call from AOIFA President, Carol Bone. A surprise indeed, but the real surprise was in the content of the call! Would Maynooth Flower and Garden Club be interested in staging the AOIFA exhibit at Bloom? Immediately, my mind went into a whirl. The dimensions of this exhibit was to be 4 metres by 3 metres

All sorts of questions filled my head. How could we possibly design and execute such a large exhibit? Who would want to be part of the team? Given that six months previously, in Boston, I was struggling with the intricacies of a miniature, not five inches square, I might be forgiven my misgivings.

Carol explained that we would need eight people to stage this exhibit. We would have two and a half days to stage. Not for the faint hearted one might think. How would I get so many people interested in joining the team? Without too much difficulty is the answer! The Maynooth Flower and Garden Club rose to the challenge with alacrity. Within 24 hours agreement had been secured, even if there was a considerable sense of fear and trepidation.

Three of us met to decide on the theme and basic design. Realising that 2012 was a significant anniversary year in the history of the Phoenix Park, we decided on the title ‘The Phoenix Park 1662-2012’. The only difficulty that this choice provided was a decision on which aspects of the Park’s wealth of beauty and amenities should be selected for interpretation.

A reconnaissance trip to the Visitors’ Centre at the Phoenix Park on a lovely sunny first day ofMarch brought our team together for the first time. Within a couple of hundred metres of here we would stage our exhibit in three months time. We also visited the walled garden and held our first meeting over a cup of coffee in the Visitors’ Centre. In the way of a very experienced floral artist and festival organiser, our president, Felicity Satchwell allocated us our roles.

And so it came about that over the following weeks we spent many hours together in the North Kildare Club moving our exhibit base, consisting of three unwieldy sheets of plywood, in and out of storage. Sometimes smaller groups held workshops in members’ homes.  We consulted our diaries and established a work schedule. Other club members supplemented the efforts of the original team, giving ideas, comments or advice, or sometimes explaining techniques and asking many, many questions. How tall should Wellington be? Is he too big or indeed too small? The Wellington and the Phoenix monuments had to be decided upon before we could configure the rest. How do we keep a sense of scale with these and the walled garden or the woodland, even though not everything could be portrayed to scale?  

As time went by, the elements of the exhibit took shape, sometimes very slowly but occasionally more quickly. While desperation never took hold, at times it felt as though it was only around the corner! That said, we arrived at our first scheduled mock-up day, in which we experimented with what might look like a harmonious and vivid depiction of the Phoenix Park. For the next mock up we sought opinions, figuring that fresh eyes would either provide new ideas or inspire them in ourselves. This proved a very useful exercise. However, some outstanding issues still pertained. A kind offer made early on by Carol Bone to come and look over the design was seized upon.   Undoubtedly Carol coming fresh from a gruelling couple of weeks with the WAFA seminars, could have found many other fruitful ways to spend her time. From our perspective, though, she could not have done a more useful thing. Her comments provoked both new ideas and reassurance all at once. We are very grateful to Carol for giving of her precious time to help us hone our exhibit.

Our staging date of Monday, May 28 was just around the corner. Happily we figured that we had finally reached the point of ‘total design’. Only some small details were left to be decided upon. We worked tirelessly through Monday and on Tuesday until all was as perfectly placed as we could make it. On Wednesday, grooming was the task. We spent the morning tidying up so that not a leaf or a petal was out of place.

Well all the hard work and attention to detail paid off! Early on Thursday morning, as we prepared to steward, a magic hand placed a Gold Medal on our exhibit. To quote Kathleen Harper, our competition secretary: ‘We hugged and giggled with delight. We were all 16 again. We basked in the glory, had our photos taken and toasted with champagne. Everyone congratulated us and admired our hard work.”

We have been inundated with congratulations from flower clubs around the country and we would like to thank all of those who took the time to write cards with word of such heart warming sentiment. They are all very much appreciated.

All who worked on the exhibit thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we feel that this new experience was very instructive not only in terms of flower arranging but also of group dynamics and pooling of creative resources and hard work within the club.

Obtaining a Gold Medal at Bloom is a wonderful achievement for the Maynooth Flower and Garden Club and we will bask in its glory for a long time to come!

Rosemary Smyth


Maynooth Flower and Garden Club

June 2012