Macra Club News & Events From Around Ireland: April 11th

Post on: Thu, 11, April 2019

Who Will Be Crowned Mr Personality 2019?

27 contestants from around the country will be descending upon Kilkenny this weekend for the 14th Annual Mr.Personality Festival, organised by Kilkenny County Macra na Feirme . The festival will take place at the Springhill Court Hotel. The festival has been kindly sponsored by Kilkenny, Carlow and District Farm Relief Services. Many contestants believe they have what it takes to be crowned Mr.Personality 2019. The reigning Mr Personality Anthony Culleton representing Laois, wasn’t expecting to win but he really enjoyed the weekend. Anthony has done tremendous work with highlighting the importance of mental health and providing support by telling others about his own experiences.

The contestants have a jam-packed weekend ahead of them. They will arrive at the Springhill Court Hotel at 6 pm on the 12th April, with the on-stage interviews starting at 8:30pm. The interviews will be conducted by MC Shane O’Keeffe and will be followed by music by the much-anticipated band Hot Fuss and D.J. till late. Contestants will have an early start on Saturday morning with the individual private interviews beginning at 9am. After lunch, the contestants with be brought to participate in the contestant challenges. On Saturday evening, the Mr Personalities will be donning their suits and meeting with Kilkenny, Carlow and District Farm Relief Services for their official photos. This will be followed by an informal banquet beginning at 7.30pm. Deuces Wild will be playing hit after hit, until Mr. Personality 2019 is announced at midnight. The DJ will continue the celebrations until early morning. Tickets for the restaurant can be booked by contacting Kerri in the Springhill Court Hotel on 056 7721122. Full details are available on

On Sunday, the 14th April the Macra na Feirme National Volleyball Finals sponsored by the National Dairy Council will be held in The Watershed Kilkenny, making Kilkenny the place to be this weekend. Further information is available by contacting Liam Comerford on 0864040682 or Lisa M Walsh on 0834521258. Follow Mr Personality Festival on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.


NDC Volleyball All Ireland Finals

The 2019 National Dairy Council All Ireland Volleyball Finals take place on Sunday, April 14th in the Watershed Sports Complex in Kilkenny. Sign in time is 10 - 10.30 am.


Macra na Feirme Impromptu Semi Finals

Impromptu Semi Finals will take place this Saturday, April 13th in the Aspect Hotel, Kilkenny. Sign in time is 7pm.


Sixmilebridge Mark 75 Years of Macra

Sixmilebridge-Kilmurry Macra would like to sincerely thank everyone who attended and supported last Saturday nights Macra BBQ and 75th Anniversary celebrations.

A large crowd packed The Pumphouse Bar in Kilmurry and were entertained by speeches from former Chairmen John Crowe, Robert McNamara, Jim Enright and Eddie Punch who spoke of the large variety of events attended, competitions entered and won by the club and described Macra as the "university of life".

Trophies won by the club were on display with a large selection of photos from events and competitions attended down through the years were shown on the big screen. The large crowd were also entertained by the 1993 & 1994 All Ireland winning set dancers while the highly entertaining Hanna and Gerry took a break from providing the live music. Photos from the event can be found on the Sixmilebridge-Kilmurry Macra Facebook page.

Best of luck to club members in the 7 a side hurling tournament at the Mr. Personality competition in Kilkenny this weekend. The next club meet up is on Friday 10th of May.


Kilkenny Macra Blood Donation Drive

Macra members are invited to the Kilkenny Macra na Feirme’s Blood Donation Drive in association with the Irish Blood Transfusion Service. Members of Kilkenny Macra na Feirme will visit the clinic in the Newpark Hotel Kilkenny on Tuesday 16th April at 7pm and we look forward to welcoming you. 

Every year, thousands of people require blood transfusions because they are undergoing surgery, recovering from cancer or have been in a serious accident. While over 3,000 blood donations are needed each week in Ireland, only 3% of the eligible population give blood. One in four of us will require a blood donation at some point in our lives. Why not spare one of your 10-12 pints of blood? 

In preparation for donating blood:

  • Please visit to learn more about blood donation and complete an eligibility quiz prior to visiting the clinic.
  • Please bring photo ID with you when you visit the clinic.
  • While there is a small risk of fainting while donating blood, to reduce this risk:
  • Drink plenty of cold, non-alcoholic fluids in the 24 hours prior to donating
  • Eat savoury and salty snacks in the 24 hours prior to donating.
  • Eat something substantial in the 3 hours prior to donating.

Ensure you allow enough time to donate – the donation itself should only take around 8 minutes, however you will need to allow 60-90 minutes from registration to resting afterwards while enjoying refreshments.

Wear your Macra half-zips or jerseys and spread the word about Macra na Feirme while donating!


Macra Training Workshop

Training for Macra members for Proposal 2 will take place on Sat Apr 27th from 10-1.30pm in LEADER building in Roscommon Town.

The training is free of charge to Macra members who can then go on and use their skills to deliver the training and earn funds for their club/county.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Macra na Feirme TDO Debbie Donnelly 086 780 8987


Athboy Macra "A" Team get through to Macra na Feirme Amateur Drama National Final

Athboy Macra na Feirme were in a unique position in the Macra na Feirme All Ireland Drama Semi-Final on the 5th and 6th April. They were not just competing with clubs from Cork and Cavan - but they were also competing against themselves. Not only that, but both teams were on home ground in St James Hall, Athboy.

On Saturday 5th April, Athboy Macra's "A" Team performed James McClure's "Laundry and Bourbon" featuring a cast of Siobhán Kearney, Orla Kearney and Aisling Daly. Athboy "A" dominated proceedings, not only advancing to the National Final in Cork on the weekend of the 26-27th April - but also raking in the judges awards, including: Athboy A e Best Actress (Orla Kearney), Adjucators Award (for set design by John Daly) and Best Producer (Paddy Cosgrave). The play, produced by Paddy Cosgrave who also produced Enfield Macra's 2019 All Ireland Drama winning play "The Last of the Last of The Mohicans", tells the story of three Texan housewives sitting on a front porch gossiping about life in a rural town.

Athboy's "B" Team performed on the evening of Sunday 6th April in Floyd Dell's "Engima". The play featured Patrick Brogan and Sandy Gallagher in a short, tense, dialogue between a couple on the cusp of separation. Athboy "B"'s play was produced by David Daly with set design by Mary Daly.

Macra na Feirme's Amateur Drama competition seeks to develop dramatic skills, set production, stage management and serve as an introduction to the world of theatre. Each team has a maximum of 55 mins to perform their play.

The All Ireland Final of Macra na Feirme's Amateur Drama Competition takes place in Rossmore Theatre, Clonakilty, Co. Cork on the 26/27th April.


Banteer Macra News

Best of luck to John Cashman as he heads to Kilkenny this weekend to represent Avondhu and Banteer in the Mr Personality competition. Safe travels to all club members heading up to support him.

Only 2 weeks to go til the tractors descend on Kilcorney for what will hopefully be another fantastic day for the Ned Tarrant Memorial Tractor Run. All funds raised are in aid of Pieta House & the DRTI, two very worthy charities.Registration will be in the Kilcorney Social Centre at 12am with the tractors departing at 1pm! €20 per tractor There will be a BBQ held afterwards at Healy’s Bar.

A big thank you to everyone who attended our 'Bingo with a twist' night recently

€500 was raised for Cork Penny Dinners Bd the Kieran O Connor fund


Three Lakes Macra Table Quiz

Three Lakes Macra na Feirme are holding a Table Quiz on Friday 26th April at 9.30pm in the Western Hotel, Claremorris. All proceeds to Dublin2Mayo Charity Tractor Run. Table of 4 is only €40 with great prizes to be won! All Welcome!


Castleisland District Macra News

Our sports night continues tonight (11th April) in Currow Hall at 9p.m where we will continue our mixture of sports such as Unihoc, Basketball and Tag Rugby.Everybody welcome.The last week has been quite busy for the club between our club meeting in Browne's Bar Castleisland,Bowling last Friday night in Tralee with Tarbert Macra, speed dating Saturday night in Kilgarvan,the club walk in Glanageenty Woods on Sunday last and our monthly cinema night last Tuesday in Tralee. All roads lead to Kilkenny this weekend where we will be supporting our good friend and County Development Officer John Martin Carroll in his quest to become National Macra's Mr.Personality for 2019. We wish John Martin the very best of luck and safe travelling to everybody attending the 13th running of this wonderful festival.


RTE Weather Live

Weather Live is an entertainment/factual show on RTÉ One exploring Ireland's favourite obsession - the weather! The series will be broadcast live from the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin 9 between 7pm and 8pm immediately after the RTÉ 6 o clock news.

We are looking for people to attend our recordings as part of our studio audience but are hoping to target the right people and those in the local area. We had a great turnout from Macra on Season 1 so we want to extend the invite to attend Season 2's recordings!

Recording Dates are Tuesday 30th April, Wednesday 1st May and Thursday 2nd May.

Presenter Kathryn Thomas will be joined each night by a host of live studio guests. There will be discussions on climate change, science demonstrations and experiments with Phil Smith and celebrity guest appearances.

Tickets are complimentary and allocated on a first come first served basis. Spaces are limited. For bookings you can contact or phone Sadhbh on 0833110007