Blooming lovely! Ulster in Bloom success for Omagh, Ballinamallard and Irvinestown

Omagh, Ballinamallard and Irvinestown have been recognised at this year's Ulster in Bloom Awards

Published: 17th September 2015

Omagh has been named best ‘Large Town’ in the Ulster in Bloom competition for the first time in the contest’s 37-year history.

Ballinamallard and Irvinestown have also been recognised for their impressive floral displays by being placed joint third in the ‘Large Village’ category of this year’s Ulster in Bloom competition.

The 2015 Translink Ulster in Bloom competition officially recognises Northern Ireland’s top gardening talent. The annual horticultural competition encourages cities, towns and villages across Northern Ireland to look their best, boosting civic pride through beautiful plant and floral displays.

Speaking about the Ulster in Bloom results announcement, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, said:

“The floral displays in Omagh, Ballinamallard and Irvinestown are truly exquisite, providing a warm welcome and an attractive environment for residents and visitors alike.

Winning the Large Town category and being placed joint third in the Large Village category is a tremendous achievement and is testament to the pride, hard work, commitment and partnership working between Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, local businesses, residents and partner agencies.

I express my sincere congratulations to all those involved in the Omagh, Ballinamallard and Irvinestown entries.”

Councillor O’Reilly also commended Omagh’s ‘Rue’ Bar and Restaurant, which will receive an Ulster in Bloom ‘Special Award’ for its outstanding floral presentation.

The 2015 Translink Ulster in Bloom competition attracted 163 entries representing local council areas, community groups, businesses, bus and train stations as well as nine community champion nominations. The competition is organised by the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA).

The 2015 Ulster in Bloom Winners’ Prize Presentations will take place in March 2016.

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