Ardee will take centre stage on an episode of the popular RTE series later this month as the AOIFA Festival feature filmed last week airs on the national broadcaster.
The episode featuring the AOIFA Festival will air on Monday June 26th at 7pm on RTE One and will feature pieces recorded by host Mary Kennedy at the festival in the town last Saturday.
The presenter was in the area having officially opened the festival on Friday evening and on Saturday, she filmed pieces to camera on the town itself, as well as in St Marys Church of Ireland were among those interviewed was festival organiser Candy Holten.
The popular and long running magazine programme is no stranger to the area. The programme – which is also fronted by Anne Cassin – has recently been in the Ardee area. Late last year, the show visited Reaghstown and specifically the set of the Wild Goose Lodge film ahead of it’s national release last October.
Nationwide airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm on RTE One.
Speaking as she officially opened the festival in the Church of the Nativity last week, Kennedy said she was humbled by her welcome to Ardee for the Celtic Way National Flower Festival.
“From the moment we came up the driveway, it was a feeling of welcome and celebration,” she said. “The place looks magnificent. I am humbled and awed by the creativity. I feel like a bit of an imposter! But I do love them, I love giving flowers, I love receiving flowers.
“Flowers are so uplifting and are such a lovely part of our lives,” Kennedy continued. “I take my hat off to people who can incorporate them – not into flower arrangements – but into floral art.”
Over the course of the weekend, scores of visitors descended on Ardee to visit the two churches were exhibits and installations were on display, as well as the trade and craft fair in the Ardee Parish Centre and the floral art exhibition gallery in Ardee Library.
In total, 65 floral art installations were on display from clubs and florists all across Ireland, including Cobh, Naul, Wexford, Tipperary, Dublin, Cahir, Kinsale, Dunboyne, Limerick, Mallow and Carlow – plus six from Ardee.
All proceeds from the festival are being donated to the Irish Association for Cancer Research.