Cork business woman Jenny Murphy who owns Red Balloon based in Ballincollig is one of 2,000 people worldwide to be awarded a Certificate in Balloon Artistry. Making balloon history she is also the first Irish person to be invited to participate at “Float”, a balloon convention in St Louis, Missouri, USA. Speaking this week after her return from the convention Jenny said, “Further developing my balloon craft is very important to me and this qualification gives me great confidence to make new creative balloon designs. I have worked towards achieving this since I opened Red Balloon in late 2009 so I am thrilled”. To be invited to this convention was a huge honour and an amazing opportunity. “My balloon decor idol, Ann McGovern based in New York, rang to ask me to join her team of 3 to compete in the large décor competition at the convention and this was very exciting. “Under the Sea” was the theme of our 15΄x 15΄entry and it really did cause a great stir amongst the judges”, said Jenny. This 5 day event included lots of networking and meeting others in the balloon trade as well as participating in workshops. America is the number one country for everything to do with balloons and this convention is where it all happens. Jenny went on to say, “We provide a complete balloon decorating service for parties, weddings and corporate events with a full set up and delivery service. After my intense 5 days in Missouri I am bursting with lots of new creative designs and ideas which I am eager to share with my clients here in Cork”.