Mulranny to represent Ireland in in this year’s hugely prestigious Entente Florale Competition.

Posted in Connect on July 4, 2019.

The village of Mulranny, along with Listowel in County Kerry, represent Ireland in this year’s hugely prestigious Entente Florale Competition!

Mulranny will compete against thirteen other European towns when ten international judges will visit Mulranny in July.

Many people think that it’s a floral competition because the word flowers is in the title. But it’s MUCH more than that. Here are some of the aspects the judges will be here to inspect during the adjudication day!

Planning and development; Sustainable environment; The built environment; Landscape and Green Spaces; Environmental education; Tourism and Leisure and the efforts by the local community in the protection and care of the village.

Over the last number of months, the many community groups have been busy planning and making preparations to showcase the village to its full potential – ensuring that Mulranny looks its very best leading up to the date of adjudication. .

The Mulranny Tidy Towns committee together with many other voluntary organisations within the parish have been busy over the last six months preparing for the arrival of the adjudicators on July 26th. 

Mayo and Burrishoole G.A.A. star Jason Doherty was on hand in the village to lend a helping hand with one of the weekly clean-ups.

Jason Doherty, Mayo GAA, Entante Florale, Mulranny

Protecting the endangered Great Yellow Bee

As part of the preparation Mulranny Tidy Towns committee has made a conscious decision to focus its efforts on enhancing and sustaining the natural environment. The ‘All Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015 – 2020’ addresses the rapid decline in Ireland’s bee population with one third of bee species threatened with extinction.

In partnership with Mayo County Council, Mulranny has signed up to the plan and has an agreed set of actions to protect pollinators. The focus has been to manage the areas throughout the village in a pollinator friendly way by reducing the frequency of mowing and creating pollinator-friendly corridors throughout the village. The Great Yellow Bee (Bombus distinguendus) once widespread throughout Ireland is now deemed endangered with what is deemed to be the last sustainable population in the country now located in the Greater Mulranny and Erris area. Mulranny community, in partnership with Mayo County Council and University College Dublin, has embarked on a study to identify and map the remaining population of the Great Yellow Bee and is working with the local farming community and State agencies to identify how the population can be both protected and sustained.

Low Tide Logo

Pupils from Mulranny National School brought their creative skills to the local beach in preparation for the visit of the international Entente Florale adjudicators.

While the tide way out on this spectacular beach, the children recreated the Entente Florale logo. Having firstly collected and washed thousands of shells on the beach, they proceeded to write the text of the logo on the sand. Then adding the finishing touches of the twelve yellow roses, crouched and clad in their high-viz vests they created the international competition logo. Their school principal Louise Crowley said that ‘some of the pupils came up with the idea on one of their many nature walks to the beach’. She added ‘We are so lucky to have this great natural environment right on our doorstep’.

Unfortunately, all their great work was washed away within hours with the arrival of high tide. However, their efforts were captured on film, and are included in the Entente Florale portfolio, which now is available for all the world to see on the competition website:

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