RESIDENTS and business owners in Kilrush are being urged to play their part in making the town look its best ahead of the adjudication stage of the 2015 International Entente Florale.
Judges for the prestigious European-wide horticultural and environmental competition will be in the town this Thursday, casting a critical eye on the town and its appearance.
Kilrush will represent Ireland in the village category of the competition for population centres of less than 5,000. Ireland was represented by Tralee (Kerry) and Dromod (Leitrim) in 2014.
The local Entente Florale Steering Group is preparing for the visit and is hoping that the public will also do their bit to help make the town look its best.
Clare’s last success in the International Entente Florale competition, which officially recognises the improvement of the quality of life for local urban and village communities, was in 2002 when Ennis was named a gold medal winner in the city category. Ennis also won a silver medal in 1997.
The aim of the competition is to promote the greening of towns and villages; flowers, shrubs, green spaces and parks; development that is environmentally and ecologically sensitive and education initiatives.