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Tuesday, 26th May 2020

Welcome to Drogheda – say it with flowers says BID

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Flashback to the Fleadh when Drogheda really looked its best with flowers all around the town.

Remember how well Drogheda looked during the Fleadh years? The multitude of floral displays throughout the town gave it a wonderful, welcoming appearance for both visitors and natives.

They were two very special summers for Drogheda but, as the business community prepares to reopen after the dreadful Covid-19 lockdown, the people behind the Love Drogheda Business Improvement District Scheme (BID) are hoping to regain some of that spirit and are encouraging business owners to go floral once again.

“We need to present Drogheda as still vibrant, attractive and welcoming” says BID member Sarah Taafe of the Punt Bar in Bolton St.

“That is why we are encouraging this scheme where Love Drogheda BID is encouraging as many businesses as possible to put up attractive floral displays outside their premises.”

Niall Kierans of Kierans's Deli, another of the promoters of this project said: “This is all the more important with a greater likelihood of the 'staycation' market becoming more dominant in the domestic market.

“More of the home market will choose to vacation at home this year. Foreign travel is less likely for some time yet. Those planning vacations are more likely to stay on the island of Ireland and to take more, shorter, breaks where they will get to know more of what Ireland has to offer.

“We in the heartland of 'Irelands Ancient East' stand to benefit better than most from this likely emerging trend.”

Trevor Connolly, the CEO of Love Drogheda BID commented, “With this in mind we in the Love Drogheda BID are endeavouring to encourage as many businesses as possible to consider installing flowering displays on their premises.

“As we are acutely aware of the financial constraints on so many businesses we have decided to make available, this year only, a limited number of flower boxes and baskets at NO COST to those who may wish to participate.

“A limited number of floral boxes / baskets will be made available on a first come, first served, basis to interested businesses subject to some necessary conditions.

“We are particularly keen to identify businesses that may be able to make available a water supply at the front of their premises for the purpose of irrigating the displays.”

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