MONAGHAN IN BLOOM

6 June 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A feature on Monaghan exhibitors and visitors at Bloom in the Park 2015 at the Phoenix Park in Dublin.

Michael Fisher

Monaghan made quite an impression at this year’s Bloom Festival at the Phoenix Park in Dublin. Designer Declan McKenna from Amackalin in Carrickroe received a silver award for his contemporary expression garden in the medium sized garden category. He said it was based on what inspired him as a young up-and-coming garden designer and his expression of a modern space. It was the first time he had entered the Bord Bia sponsored show, which attracted more than 94,000 visitors over the June bank holiday weekend. Among those to admire Declan’s work were Gerry McElligott and Regina Corrigan from Truagh.
 Well over one hundred food and drink producers participated at Bloom, including Silver Hill Foods from Emyvale and Monaghan Mushrooms from Tyholland.
 Over 150 food buyers attended Bord Bia’s business breakfast at Bloom on Friday morning for meetings with the exhibiting artisan food and drink companies.
 In the Grand Pavilion, Mark McKenna of MK Woodcrafts in Glaslough was selling his handmade furniture including mirrors, framed using native timber.
 The unpredictable weather did not dampen the spirits as crowds poured into the seventy acre site to enjoy the festival, which marks the unofficial start of the summer season.
 Chief Executive Aidan Cotter said Bord Bia was privileged to provide this public showcase of Ireland’s world …
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