Representatives of Kilkenny County Council with community representatives of Inistioge at a meeting to outline the Entente Florale competition
Inistioge is going for gold in 2018. The picturesque village has received a nomination from the Department of Rural and Community Development to participate in the international Entente Florale competition.
It is similar to Ireland’s national Tidy Towns competition. The current tidy towns committee is seeking community members to come on board a special steering committee to lead the village to victory this summer.
There are only two Irish entrants annually. This year Inistioge will compete with Dungarvan, Waterford.
The ambition of each entrant is to receive the Entente Florale highest accolade, a gold medal.
A public meeting will be held on March 8 at 8pm in Cois Abhainn Community Centre, Inistioge to introduce the competition to the community and to encourage involvement in the lead up to the adjudication day which is on July 20.
Frank Sullivan, chairman of Inistioge Tidy Towns said preparation needs to get underway immediately.
“There is much to do, with a written submission due in May and an adjudication day in July when nine judges will visit the village and Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum.
“We’ve already met with thne Council and while they are supportive, the competition is very much community orientated as the essence of the competition is to illustrate the community spirit of Inisitoge”.
The current tidy towns committee does not fully represent all the organisations in the village so they will act as a lead but it requires a broader community representation on the steering committee. As an action plan is being prepared, the steering committee will also be seeking volunteers and support from local residents and businesses to ensure Inistioge is presented to its highest standard on the adjudication day.
Inistioge village is also undertaking a Town and Renewal Scheme and there may be similarities in both projects, as any improvement works undertaken for the competition may serve as a springboard or may lay foundation stones for larger long term projects to ensure the villages sustainability into the future.
For more information on how to become involved or to register as a volunteer ring Frank on 086-8810543. Everyone is welcome to the public information meeting on March 8 in Inistioge’s Cois Abhainn community centre at 8pm.