Carlow represents Ireland in the European Entente Florale a competition to foster a more pleasant environment in towns.

Months of work was displayed on the streets of Carlow when a panel of judges from six European countries arrived for the Festival of Flowers. The judges from France, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Britain and Ireland were given a civic reception on the steps of Carlow courthouse. They were then guided through the town to make their evaluation.

Carlow was chosen by Bord Fáilte to represent us because of its strong and improving showing over the years in the Tidy Towns competition.

Over the last six months, around ten thousand pounds worth of plants have been put in throughout the town. 

The object around the competition is to promote appreciation of the environment and to heighten the attractions of an area through the use of flowers and shrubs.

The people of Carlow believe that their participation in the competition will have a lasting influence on the town by generating community spirit and potentially tourism. 

Chairman of the Floral Festival Michael Moriarty says that the aim of the festival is to retain a reputation for Carlow as Ireland's floral town. 

Secretary of the Entente Floral Committee Anne Conway hopes that the festival will become an annual event. 

Ireland has been taking part in the competition for nine years and in 1988 took third place with Kinsale as the representative town. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 4 August 1989. The reporter is Michael Ryan.