St. Joseph’s Secondary School won the top prize, the Certificate of Distinction, in the postcard garden category on the opening day at the Bloom Festival in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Entitled “Drogheda on the Boyne” the garden is a portrayal of a bright vibrant town where the image of yesterday is very different to the one of today. It was designed by Leaving Cert student Thomas Finnegan with assistance from Transition Year student Michael Traynor.
It features well known historical landmarks in Drogheda; the Viaduct, Millmount and St. Laurence’s gate. To construct his design in four weeks, Thomas assembled a team which consisted of Niall Leonard (Caretaker and Horticulturalist), Mr Bernard Sharkey (History teacher), Ms Tracy Murray (Art teacher), Ms Karen Murphy (Technology/Woodwork teacher), Mr Damien McDonagh (Science teacher), Mr Cian O’Neill (Woodwork teacher), Mr Declan Farrell (Woodwork teacher) and Bryan Gardiner.
The garden was officially opened by Alison Cowzer, co-founder and marketing/innovation director of East Coast Bakehouse, a biscuit manufacturing business in Drogheda. People that visited the garden on the opening day included President Michael D. Higgins, Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin and RTE’s Marty Morrissey. The Bloom team would like to thank all their sponsors and Mr David Madden (Principal), Mr Paul Savage (Deputy Principal) and the Board of Management of St. Joseph’s for all their support.
Group Photo – Left to Right:
Thomas Finnegan, Bryan Gardiner, Ms Murray, Mr O’Neill, Ms Murphy, Mr McDonagh, Mr Farrell, Niall Leonard