Success of Clondalkin Handcraft and Horticultural Show grows

by Padraig Conlon
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This year’s Clondalkin Handcraft and Horticultural Show was a massive success with an amazing 400% increase in entries.

The show, which took place on June 29 in Newlands Home and Garden Centre, and June 30 in Aras Chronain, was the fifth year since the revival of the very popular community-based event that originally ran for 30 years.

Cllr Francis Timmons, CHHS Chair, told Dublin Gazette of his delight at the success of this years’ Show.

“We had an absolutely amazing two days with this year’s Clondalkin Handcraft and Horticultural Show,” he said.

“The show has seen an over 400% increase in entries since 2017, this year 72% of the show was children’s entries.

“The entries where the highest ever and the show continues to grow from strength to strength every year.

“The standard of entries continues to grow every year.

“We had 404 entrants entering 691 items that the public could view over the two days.

“It’s a great chance for local talent to be displayed and showcase what’s great about SDCC and the incredible skills and talents were so evident in the show entries.

“This year we did 17 free children’s workshops and two adult workshops by the committee and SDCC Libraries, Newlands Home and Garden Centre and Aras Chronain.

“They proved to be a massive success and we will be running more workshops with over 700 free places for children, we got very positive feedback.’’

Cllr Timmons said the show would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the committee, volunteers and sponsors who by working together made this year’s show the biggest and best yet.

“We would like to thank SDCC, SDCC Dublin Outdoors, SDCC Heritage Dept, Tower Credit Union, Brian McElroy Funeral Directors, Newlands Home and Garden Centre, Aras Chronain, Clondalkin Tidy Towns, Broad Meadow Equestrian, Cllr Timmons, Cllr O’Connell, Guinan family, Bonner family and the Lyons family, School and Office World, our local media for all their coverage and Q102 for advertising our show on their events guide,” he said.

This year the show had several new cups that where awarded with Clondalkin Tidy Towns sponsoring an over-all Children’s Cup winner and a Trophy for Fairtrade was sponsored by Cllr Timmons who also sponsored the Baking category.

Among the other cups awarded SDCC Heritage Department sponsored a Heritage Cup for crafts, Broad Meadow Equestrian sponsored Art, Cllr Guss O’Connell sponsored Community Craft, The Guinan Family sponsored the Homebrew Cup, The Bonner Family sponsored Photography and the Lyons Family sponsored the overall show winner.

Newlands Home and Garden Centre sponsored three cups; the Phil Devitt Cup for Floral, produce was sponsored by Newlands in memory of Mike Devitt and Newlands sponsored the Preserves Cup.

Cllr Timmons said he’s already looking forward to next year.

“We are already planning the 2020 show which promises to be even bigger follow us on Facebook for updates on the show and workshops at Clondalkin Handcraft and Horticultural Show,” he said.

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