St. Josephs Secondary school is proud to announce, that it has an entry accepted for the Bloom festival in Dublin. Entitled “Drogheda on the Boyne” and designed by LCA student Thomas Finnegan, it will compete in the Postcard Garden competition. Thomas’s design was selected from thousands of entrants and features well known historical landmarks in Drogheda: the Viaduct, Millmount and St. Laurence’s gate.
Thomas and his family have always had a keen interest in gardening and have attended the Bloom festival for the past number of years. At Bloom, Thomas was inspired by the creativity and hard work that the designers put into their gardens and hoped that one day he could also display a design at Bloom. In late February this year Thomas was browsing the Bloom website where he came across the Postcard Garden competition. He thought it would be the ideal competition to enter on behalf of the Green School Committee in the school, of which he is president. Having consulted with Michael Traynor (Vice President of the Green School committee,) Mr. Sharkey and Ms. Murphy, Thomas completed the design and application form for the competition. Across his Easter holidays from school Thomas found out his design had been accepted.
With his dream now realised, Thomas put together a team to assist him with the construction of his design, which includes Michael Traynor (Vice President of the Green Schools Committee), Niall Leonard (Caretaker and Horticulturalist), Mr Sharkey (History teacher), Ms. Murray (Art teacher), Ms. Murphy (Technology teacher) and Mr. McDonagh (Science teacher). The design will be constructed in school and then assembled on site in the Phoenix Park. All plants for the design were purchased locally.
The Bloom festival runs from the 1st to the 5th of June 2017 in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Further information and photographs will be available in the coming weeks on the school website www.droghedacbs.ie