The annual competition is based on three population categories. Category 1 caters for towns and villages with a population in excess of 700, Category 2 applies to population centres of between 300 and 700 people and Category 3 features villages with a population less than 300.
The competition is promoted by Clare County Council and offers a generous prize fund. The initiative is sponsored by ESB Moneypoint, Shannon Development and Roche Ireland with matching funding from the Local Authority.
Commenting on the Clare in Bloom competition, the Mayor of Clare Councillor Pat Hayes stated: “It is great to see so many people volunteering their time to local initiatives and being so actively involved in their communities. This competition rewards that effort and we hope that local groups and communities will participate again this year”.
Nicola Cullinan from Clare County Council’s Tourism & Community Development section noted that ‘Clare in Bloom’ not only helps to make the County a more attractive place to live in and visit, but it also acts as a springboard for communities to consider taking part in other competitions such as TidyTowns or Pride of Place.
“The success of the competition to date shows what can be achieved when Clare County Council, Shannon Development, local businesses and local communities work together,” she stated.
Communities and groups interested in participating in the ‘2012 Clare in Bloom’ competition can obtain application forms and further information from Clare County Council by contacting the Tourism & Community Development Department at 065 6846428 / 511 or www.clarecoco.ie. The closing date for receipt of applications is 4pm on Thursday, 31st May 2012.