EUROPE’S FINEST Mary Joyce from Mulranny is pictured with all the winners from around Europe at the announcement of the Entente Florale awards in Austria over the weekend.
The Mulranny Pipe Band were out to welcome home the Mulranny Entente Florale committee after they secured the Silver Award at the awards ceremony in Austria over the weekend.
A delegation from the Mulranny Entente Florale steering committee and Mayo County Council travelled to the Entente Florale awards ceremony in Haus im Ennstal, Austria where they were awarded with a Silver Award in the prestigious European competition.
Entente Florale Europe is a competition for villages, towns and cities in nine European countries and Mulranny was chosen as Ireland’s representative in this year’s village category. Nine judges visited the village in July where they were given a presentation by the local organising committee in the Mulranny Park Hotel before they were taken on a tour of the village.
Mary Joyce, the Chairperson for the steering committee, told The Mayo News that they were thrilled with the award and later discovered that they were only a few points off the Gold Award.
“It was a fantastic occasion and it was a huge honour for us to come home with the Silver Award. We were very nervous going over because we felt in July that the feedback from the judges was not favourable to us. To be honest we did not expect to win anything. When it was announced we won the Silver Award we were absolutely delighted and we later learned we were only a mark or two from getting the Gold Award. We are not too disappointed about that because we had the work done in the village and that is all we could do,” she said.
The Entente Florale Europe competition is one of the most prestigious in Europe which aims to raise the awareness of the importance of the green environment to the quality of living in participating communities. A high standard has to be set to win a Gold Award and of the 14 communities which took part in this year’s competition only five received the top award.
“Winning this award will be a huge boost to the village in terms of promotion and attracting tourism. We already had the Nationwide team down and we have this status now which we can use to promote tourism. It was a great community effort and while there was a lot of work this made it worthwhile,” she said.
Mulranny were also successful in the Best Practice awards for the Old Irish Goat project in the west Mayo village and they also received a special certificate awarded for the environmental approach of Mulranny’s Green Plan team.
The village also secured their bronze medal in the Tidy Towns competition and also received a Highly Commended award. Cllr Gerry Coyle, who accompanied the delegation to Austria, said the committee were ‘an absolute credit’ and they presented the county and the country with pride.