Macra Club News & Events Around Ireland: Christmas/New Year

Post on: Thu, 13, December 2018

Pictured above are Whitechurch Macra, Seandun carol singers, who took to Patrick Street to raise money for My Canine Companion last year. A total of €346.21 was raised on the night. They hope to take part this Saturday (December 15th) and surpass this amount.


Meath Macra Live Crib Returns to Enfield

While most people will spend Christmas Eve doing last minute shopping or spending time with family, the members of Meath Macra na Feirme will brave the elements when they take to the streets of Enfield to fundraise for charity. The Meath Macra Live Crib will return to Enfield on 24th December for it's fourth year to raise money and awareness for the Irish Cancer Society. The live crib was a massive success last year with over €4000 being raised for Meath Alzheimers Society and SOSAD thanks to the hard work and dedication of Meath Macra members and parishioners. To date, over €10,000 has been raised by the event for various charities.

The Live Crib will run from 11am to 5pm on Christmas Eve outside Enfield's Community Hall. Throughout the day, there will be refreshments, face-painting, Christmas carol singing, and music from Enfield Comhaltas at 2pm, as well as the main attraction, the live animals. On top of that, there will be nativity characters present. Macra members will be out on the streets of Enfield all day collecting money.

Over the past few years, the live crib has grown in popularity among all age groups. The animals, in particular the pygmy goat and donkeys, have made their way into the heart of the community. This Christmas Eve, Meath Macra are hoping to exceed last years grand total and invite all to come along to support Meath Macra na Feirme and The Irish Cancer Society. If you are unable to make it to the Live Crib on the day and would still like to donate, it is possible to do so by visiting the 'Meath Macra Live Crib' Just Giving page .


Carrigaline New Year's Eve Ball

Carrigaline Macra in association with kind sponsors Michael Pigott - Auctioneer and Valuer and Walsh & Partners Solicitors are proud to present their annual New Years Eve ball once again for the enjoyment of Macra members and the general public. This year it is once again taking place in the fabulous Rochestown Park Hotel. The event which is now in its eighth year, has gone from strength to strength and this year is guaranteed to impress even further.

Planning for this event is ongoing all year so a lot of thought and time has been put in to it. The demand for tickets will be high with hundreds regularly in attendance. It is also a chance to meet Macra members from further afield and non-macra people entirely. People have been known to travel from Cavan to attend this event alone!

On arrival, guests will be treated to a drinks reception, cocktail bar, followed by a delicious five course meal, entertainment by the band Renovator and DJ Peter Bowles until late. The hotel and event room will be decked out in style and everyone is guaranteed to dance, jig and sing in the new year.

As well as this a special room rate has been arranged for those in attendance which is €130 for a double/twin room B&B. Breakfast on the first day of the new year will be served up to 11am to accommodate late partygoers! The night will bring to a finish what has so far been another successful year for the club, with many highlights including wins in debating, GAA, public speaking, drama, as well as many opportunities to travel within Ireland and abroad.

For more information and tickets check out or find us on Facebook.


Awbeg Macra’s Christmas Party

Well done to Kate O’Regan and the Awbeg Mens’ soccer team who represented us admirably in their respective All Ireland Finals last weekend.

Awbeg Macra’s Christmas Party will take place Saturday, 22nd December, in Mallow. Kicking off at 8.30pm in Bella Cafe for a club meal. All welcome. Contact the Facebook page or club phone as limited places available.


Earn extra cash for Christmas with seasonal part-time job offers from DPD Ireland

DPD is Ireland’s largest dedicated parcel delivery company with our network of 36 depots nationwide handling in excess of 19 million parcels per year.

Due to continuing expansion we are looking to recruit seasonal drivers across many of our depot sites. DPD Ireland representatives will attend Rally 2018, come along to find our more on Friday night or email your interest immediately to


The role of a seasonal driver offers a unique and exciting new opportunity to work with DPD in your locality.


Would you like to earn some more cash in the run-up to Christmas?

Would you like to work in your local area?

Would you like to choose your working hours and be in control of your working week?

If the answer is YES then this is the perfect opportunity for you!

All you need to do is just e-mail your expression of interest to:


Delegate Packs for the 2019 Mr Personality Festival on sale January 9th

Kilkenny Macra na Feirme are delighted confirm that the 14th Annual Mr. Personality Festival will take place on the 12th – 14th April 2018.

The closing date for entry is Wednesday the 28th of February 2019. Late entries will incur a penalty.

The delegate packs are limited and sell out quickly every year. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Delegate Packs go on sale Wednesday 9th January 2019 at 9am, contact Springhill Court Hotel for bookings.

For 2 nights B&B, informal 4 course gala banquet on Saturday and entry on both nights. Further details will be disclosed closer to the time.

So with the events planned around Mr. Personality, Kilkenny will be the place to be from the 12th to the 14th of April and all these events will make this a weekend not to be missed.


North West Second Phase Training

Second Phase Training takes place on January 19th in the Glasshouse Hotel Sligo from 1-4pm. Tickets are €15 (includes lunch) and available on the Macra website under Skillnet.


Castlebar Macra Present Marty Mone

On Saturday February 9th Marty Mone will play at the Ivy Tower Hotel, Castlebar.

Tickets are €15

Doors open: 8pm

You can purchase tickets through here :


Save the Date - Let's Avondhu It!

Following on from South Tipperary's successful Macra Rally, held in Clonmel over the October Bank Holiday weekend, Avondhu Macra are excited to announce they are hosting the 2019 National Macra Conference/Macra Rally.

The "Let's Avondhu It!" Macra Rally/'National Macra Conference will take place from October 25th to 27th October 2019 at the Radisson Blu in Little Island, Cork, where we will also be celebrating 75 years of Macra na Feirme.

More details to follow!


Athboy Macra Celebrate Good Times In Capers County Round

Athboy Macra na Feirme retained their county title in the Meath Macra na Feirme County Final of the Macra na Feirme FBD Capers competition in St James Hall, Athboy on Sunday 9 December.

The show, entitled “Celebrating Good Times” was produced by Dara Englishby and featured a mixture of contemporary and traditional songs, dancing, and sketch comedy all packed into a 20-minute variety show. Athboy not only claimed the top spot in the county but also took home two of the individual awards as Dara Englisby was named Best Producer while Siobhán Kearney was awarded the Best Female performer by the judges.

A club with a long history in the competition, Athboy now advance to the National Semi-Finals as they bid win the club's 8th National Capers title.


Moynalty Macra End Year On High

Moynalty Macra ended the competition rounds of the year on a high, having two of its members in the top three in the county round of welding. It is a real show of the skills this macra club have and are putting to good use. Next year will bring more success to the club as they aim to grow bigger by recruiting more members and enter more competitions in the 2019 calendar.  For more information in joining our clubs please visit our facebook page meath macra na feirme.


Aghinagh Macra Ladies Runners Up in NDC Soccer Finals

On Sunday December 2nd the Aghinagh Macra Club had both a Ladies and Men’s team competing in the All-Ireland Soccer Competition in Dublin. The Ladies team defeated Callan of Kilkenny and then lost to Mitchelstown of Cork, but managed to top their group on goal difference. In the semi-final the ladies managed to pull off a great victory over Athboy of Meath. In a highly competitive final, it was to be Mitchelstown who would defeat the Aghinagh ladies by two goals to one. The club is extremely proud of the team finishing as National Dairy Council National Final runner-up. The men’s team further represented the club by beating Kilmacthomas of Waterford, Togher of Louth and Caheragh of Cork to top their group. The semi-final against Devils Bit of Tipperary ended in a draw and so penalties were required. It was to be ‘sudden death’ penalties that eventually separated the teams with Devils Bit victorious. Well done to both teams and all members involved. New members to club are always welcome, and should contact the Aghinagh Macra facebook page.


National Co-op Farm Relief Services Research Survey Questionnaire

The National Co-op Farm Relief Service are undertaking a survey in order to assess the attitudes of younger farmers to cooperatives and current and future involvement in cooperatives.

They would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete this survey questionnaire. Please try to complete all questions.


LGBTI+ Youth Strategy Roll Out

The LGBTI+ Youth Strategy is rolling out a nationwide WELCOME STICKER design competition open for all ages up to 24!
Our aim is to choose an original design to become a Recognition marker, to be displayed in establishments across the country, that:

  1. Demonstrates support for the LGBTI+ community.
  2. Ensures they feel welcome & included.

Please visit for more information