Little Bee Warrior Arthur O Reilly Is Crowned Solus Brightest at Bloom

Little Bee Warrior Arthur O Reilly Is Crowned Solus Brightest at Bloom

Little Bee Warrior Arthur O Reilly Is Crowned Solus Brightest at Bloom

Little bee warrior Arthur O Reilly is crowned Solus Brightest at Bloom

Bloom by Bord Bia |  Phoenix Park, Dublin 


It could be a megawatt smile or a radiant glow, a brilliant hat or style down pat, dazzling designer or bargain chic, a child’s delight or love at first sight or maybe even just a sunny disposition!


Arthur O Reilly (1) from Bective, Co Meath has been crowned Solus Brightest at Bloom.  The little man stole the hearts of the judges with his sunny disposition and bumblebee costume emblazoned with the words Save the Bees.  Concern for the environment and the effects of climate change has been a very big theme this year at Bloom so little Arthur hit all the right notes with his message to save the bees.  Brightest at Bloom was a nod to Ladies Day but is all-inclusive.  It was open to ladies, gentlemen, children, people of all abilities and sunny dispositions young … and not so young!  It was about fashion but more about luminosity, brightness and light.  The final was held at Bord Bia’s Bloom on Bank Holiday Monday when the yellow carpet was rolled out at Enable Ireland’s Diversity Garden in association with Solus light bulbs. 
Solus invited people to simply take a bright selfie and upload it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #BrightestatBloom.  Finalists were invited to attend Bloom on Sunday June 3rd to the ‘yellow carpet’ where the winner was chosen at Enable Ireland’s Diversity Garden in association with Solus light bulbs.  The Solus team were also busy hunting for megawatt smiles and all sorts of sunny dispositions amongst visitors to Bloom from May 30th to June 3rd. Solus offered a prize for the winner of Brightest at Bloom of a VIP helicopter ride and finalists received tickets to Bloom and a hamper of goodies from Solus at the final.  Solus also shone a spotlight on young talent this year with special guest performers from Midlands Drama School and Leonards School of Gymnastics who illuminated the garden with music, dance and performing arts. 

Enable Ireland’s Diversity Garden in association with Solus Light Bulbs was designed by Belfast-based designer, Linda McKeown and won a gold medal and also the coveted Best in Category Prize. The garden layout fuses curving lines with bold modern materials, contrasting elements of mirror, copper and coloured glass with natural planting and water. A 'floating' twisted copper wire canopy creates height and form in the garden.  "In our Diversity Garden we are asking you to consider the diversity all around us. To celebrate the uniqueness of each individual, while recognising and respecting our differences. To truly embrace diversity we must promote a culture that values every individual equally." she said  Enable Ireland supports the 7,500 children and adults using their therapy and support services to achieve their full potential in life through inclusion, choice and independence and the beautiful Diversity garden will be relocated after Bloom to one of the Enable Ireland Service centres around Ireland.
Bord Bia’s Bloom, Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family festival, took place in the Phoenix Park, Dublin from Thursday 30th May – Monday 3rd June. Solus is an Irish owned company that has been established for over eighty years and now supports 63 jobs in Ireland. Solus is committed to providing a complete range of energy saving lighting products for all applications possible. See


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About Enable Ireland:

Founded in 1948, Enable Ireland provides services to 7,500 children and adults with disabilities from 40 locations in 14 counties.  Our services for children and their families cover all aspects of a child's physical, educational, and social development from early infancy through adolescence.  We offer a range of services to adults with disabilities which include day care training, personal development, supported and independent living, and social and leisure activities.  Enable Ireland is part funded by the HSE and other statutory agencies.

Every year we require over €2 million in additional funding to meet the costs of delivering our services. Without this additional income from our shops and fundraising we would not be able to meet the needs of the children and their families relying on our services.

We have a nationwide chain of 21 retail charity shops selling clothes, books and bric-a-brac, and raise funds through community fundraising, corporate and national fundraising.  The demand for our services continues to increase throughout Ireland. We have set ourselves the challenging goal of meeting these needs by providing a full range of high quality services, and expanding into local communities.


The Enable Ireland Garden & Gift Store is located on Sandymount Avenue, Dublin 4 and stocks quality gardening and gift products. 100% of profits from the store go towards supporting Enable Ireland’s disability services. The Garden and Gift store look forward to meeting new and existing customers at their retail space at Bloom.


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