Clotilde O Keeffe Lyons has presented a trophy to the Tralee Flower and Garden Club on behalf of her late parents.

Regis and Rita O Keeffe of Rathfarnam Dublin were avid gardeners and won many prizes over the years.

‘My parents loved the garden’

Clotilde says. ‘They always had beautiful flowers and shrubs throughout the year. Many of my childhood memories are of time spent in the garden harvesting our own fruit and vegetables.

The side board of our sitting room was full of trophies and plaques.’

Clotilde told us that her family members are delighted that her parents legacy will be marked by the continuing presentation of the O Keeffe trophy. The trophy being donated was originally presented by The Royal Horticultural society of Ireland in 1962.

Clotilde remembers vividly the excitement in the days leading to the shows and competitions. So, as the club celebrates forty years of success, ‘it will be a proud moment for me to hand it over during Féile na mBláth.’

Anne Sullivan, of Tralee Flower and Garden Club, says her members are delighted with this kind gesture by the O Keeffe family.

‘We are looking forward to presenting this very special prize during Féile na mBláth.’