Annual General Meeting of Macra na Feirme

Annual General Meeting of Macra na Feirme

The Annual General Meeting of Macra na Feirme took place in Farnham Estate on Saturday 11 May 2024. This AGM was celebrated in our eightieth year. The AGM was a well attended event with 82 delegates registered, this made for good debate and discussions throughout the day. The celebrations continued into the night with over 160 members and friends sitting down to an exceptional banquet.

Macra President Ms Elaine Houlihan said “At our AGM each year we see changes in our board with new board members elected by our delegates, I would like to welcome Josephine O’Neill as our new national Chairperson, Stephanie Blewitt as our National Secretary, Hugh Brown as our new Treasurer, Andrew Dunne and Shane Dolphin as new board members".

L-R: Vice-Chairperson, Andrew Dunne, Leinster Vice-President, Patrick Jordan, Munster Vice-President, Aishling O’Keefe, President, Elaine Houlihan, National Chairperson, Josephine O’Neill, National Secretary, Stephanie Blewitt, North West Vice-President, Robert Lally, Shane Dolphin, National Treasurer, Hugh Browne.


In welcoming our new board members, Elaine went on to thank all of our outgoing board members and former National County Representatives, “I cannot thank enough our members who so freely give of their time, who are the lifeblood of our organisation and who have kept the wheels on the wagon for the last 80 years.”

2023 was a financially challenging year for Macra as it was indeed for many organisations. Having said that, plans are in place to ensure the financial sustainability of Macra. The majority of the deficit that was experienced by Macra in 2023 was historical in nature.

Elaine went on to thank Cavan Macra for arranging the AGM in the lovely Farnham estate, “we could have not been made more welcome, nothing was too big an ask for either Cavan Macra or the Hotel.”

The AGM was kindly sponsored by Lakelands Dairies, Elaine said “without the support of friends such as Lakelands, it would not be possible to run AGMs and other events at the high standards that they are ran, this is the continuation of a relationship between Macra and Lakelands.

Finally, when Elaine was making her address to the meeting, she quoted something she saw on a Macra poster designed by a Macra member, “It started with farmers and continues with friends.”


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Mick Curran CEO 086 0128617