Macra Club News and Events 13th September

Post on: Thu, 13, September 2018

Queen of the Land Festival hosts Golf Classic

The 54th Queen of the Land Festival will be hosted by Offaly Macra on the 9th-11th of November 2018 in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. In the lead up to the Festival, the committee is organising events around the county. The first of such events was a Golf Classic on Sunday 2nd September in Castle Barna, Daingean.

Chairperson of the Festival, Gerard Mahon said at the recent annual general meeting that “This year is going to be very exciting and action-packed, with new and fresh ideas set in motion for this year’s festival”. The Golf Classic is a novel idea by the incoming committee to involve the county as a whole in the Festival and to mount excitement for November, as well as raise funds for the festival. The Golf Classic was a success with winners Thomas Leonard, Sean Leonard, Seamus Gleeson and Noel Leonard from Killoughey winning the competition.

The Festival will move to Dan and Molly’s, Ballyboy next. There they will hold a table quiz on Friday the 14th of September. This will double as Offaly Macra’s county round of Question Time so you better get studying!! The top team from the Macra clubs will progress to the National Finals in Santry, Dublin; but there will be a prize for the overall winners - so everyone is welcome to come along and play!

For more information on this year's festival and the golf classic please contact Gerard Mahon on 085-2471416, email, find our website or find us on Facebook.

Queen of the Land Table Quiz runs on Friday September 14th in Dan and Mollys, Ballyboy at 8.30pm. Table of four costs €20. All welcome. Great night guaranteed!

Queen of the Land on RTE's Nationwide

Next Monday the reigning Queen of the Land Emma Birchall will appear on RTE One's Nationwide to discuss Macra na Feirme, Queen of the Land as well as farm safety. Tune in!

Aghinagh Press Release

It has been a very busy start to the new Macra 2018/19 Macra year for the Aghinagh Macra Club. In preparation for the exciting year ahead, club members, Shelia Lynch, Jayne Cotter and SheenaMurphy  all attended officer training in Galway. The Club is delighted to announce that Shelia Lynch, Chairperson, received a Macra Leadership Award and the prestigious President’s County Medal in recognition for all her hard work within the Muskerry region.  Recently, the club ‘tested the water’ at the newly opened Ballyhas Lakes in Coachford as part of a Muskerry social event. Afterwards everyone ‘splashed’ over to Murrays Bar in Macroom for a barbecue. FlorO’Driscoll, Sheena Murphy and Joanne Crowley all did a great job in representing the club in the Muskerry round of the Novice debating against DonoughmoreMacra recently. A large number of club membersalso headed to the Planet Blackpool to participate in the Muskerry Bowling competition.

New members are always welcomed and should contact club secretary Sheena on 0867356180 or find us on Facebook or Twitter.  As the new Macra year takes shape, now is certainly the best time to join!

Great Turnout for Annual Ballyhoura BBQ

Last Saturday evening, the 8th of September saw a good attendance for our Annual Ballyhoura BBQ. Beforehand, we had our Gaelic Football Tournament which was a great success. Firstly, we had Ballylanders Macra play against ourselves Ballyhoura which we successfully won. We then played Mitchelstown Macra leading us into the Final. Ballylanders faced Mitchelstown which carried Ballylanders into the Final. The final was a very close encounter throughout. Ballylanders running out eventual winners on the narrowest of margins a single point to be presented with trophies at the end of the night and medals to ourselves as Runners Up. Many thanks to Mitchelstown Macra who participated and supported us for the Tournament. All players and spectators who attended the Tournament arrived back at Irwins Bar, Shanballymore for the BBQ, where plenty of food and entertainment was had. During the course of the evening a raffle was held where a great ray of prizes were up for grabs!! Ballyhoura Macra would like to thank everyone who attended this event. All support was greatly appreciated. Well done to all members who volunteered on the night and kept everything running smoothly. Until Next Year!!

Upcoming Event

This Saturday night, the 15th of September we will be attending the Avondhu Macra Ball in Springfort Hall, Mallow. It will start with Drinks Reception at 7pm followed by a 4 Course Meal and later on there will be music by "The Incredibles". If interested in attending just contact any of our club members.

Interested in Joining?

If you're aged between 17-35 and have an interest in nights out, travel, sports, agriculture, competitions or fun then get in contact with us!! Contact any member for further details or check out our Social Media.

Muskerry Macra Presents 'Growing Irish Agriculture in an Uncertain Future'

Muskerry Macra inconjuction with IFAC Accountants and Macra Agricultural Skillnet, will host a discussion on 'Growing Irish Agriculture in an Uncertain Future' on Friday 28th September 2018 in The Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney, Co Cork at 07.30pm. Speakers on the night will include: Michael Creed (Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine), Brian Denn (IFAC representative) and Pat Dillon (Head of Animal and Grassland Programme at Teagasc Moorepark). The talk will be chaired by Alan Jagoe (Agri Aware Vice-Chair & Macra past president).

This discussion is open to everyone and is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about the future impacts on Irish Agriculture. Light refreshments will be served on the night.