Macra Club News & Events From Around Ireland: April 25th

Post on: Thu, 25, April 2019

Pictured above are Orla Kearney, Siobhán Kearney and Aisling Daly in Athboy Macra na Feirme's A Team "Laundry and Bourbon" which will be heading to the Macra na Feirme All Ireland Amateur Drama Finals this weekend. The All Ireland Drama Finals take place this Saturday and Sunday in the Rossmore Theatre, Clonakilty. Curtains are at 8pm, there are three plays each night with Sunday providing the added drama of the results!


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


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!


Big Hello Bank Holiday Weekend Approaching

The Big Hello is a National Community Weekend and will take place over the May Bank Holiday Weekend (4-6 May). The initiative will support communities to host events in order to strengthen community ties and tackle the problem of social isolation. Funding for events is available to Macra na Feirme clubs and counties through their Local Authorities. Further details can be found on, and on The Big Hello! Facebook page.


Green Ribbon Family Walk in Donegal

The Donegal branch of the IFA are holding a woodland walk in support of the Green Ribbon campaign. The walk will take place in Ards Forest Park, Co.Donegal on Sunday, May 12th at 3pm. All are welcome and refreshments will be served afterwards.


Applications Open for UN Youth Delegate Programme for Ireland

The National Youth Council of Ireland, together with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, are delighted to announce the call for applications for the United Nations Youth Delegate Programme for Ireland 2019 - 2020 which will support two young people aged between 18-25 years to join Ireland's delegation to the United Nations in New York and Geneva.

Please send your application form by May 19th 2019 - 5pm

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89% of urban dwellers believe food education should be mandatory in Primary Schools

Agri Aware announce details of ‘National Open Farm Day’ on May Bank Holiday Monday set to bring thousands of consumers on “pasture to plate” journey

25th April 2019: According to research* carried out on behalf of Agri Aware, the Irish agri-food educational body, 89% of urban dwellers believe food education should be mandatory in primary schools, furthermore 74% believe a visit to a farm is very important for children when growing up.

The research was carried out by Empathy Research among more than 1,000 respondents from across urban Ireland. Additional findings include:

Nearly 9 in 10 adults living in urban areas (89%) think food education should be mandatory in primary schools, with those aged 45-54 most likely to believe this to be the case. Almost 9 in 10 adults living in urban areas (88%) claim healthy eating should be covered in Primary Schools as a component of food education. This is followed by food safety (75%), cooking (71%) and growing and sowing seeds (60%).

The research was released by Agri Aware in advance of its National Open Farm Day which will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 6th May 2019.

Commenting on the research Agri Aware Executive Director, Deirdre O’Shea who herself has a background in Human Nutrition said: “Events such as Open Farm are vital to engaging an increasingly urbanised society in the pasture to plate journey of their food. We are seeing worrying trends emerging in childhood obesity in Ireland and empowering our young people with the knowledge to make healthy food choices is vital. Consumers may be aware that agriculture plays a key role in the Irish economy, but unless you are directly involved in the industry its relevance can be lost when in reality agriculture impacts on all of us.”

This unique event aims to bring Agri Aware’s mission “to improve the understanding of agriculture and the agri-food industry” to life in an engaging and a holistic way – bringing consumers on the full “pasture to plate” journey of their food. Three farmsacross the country will simultaneously open their gates to the public and will allow consumers a rare chance to experience first-hand what happens on a working farm and allow them to learn more about where our food comes from.

Chairman of Agri Aware Alan Jagoe added: “We are delighted to host National Open Farm Day again this year. The event aims to bridge the gap between consumer and producer, it is an opportunity to see what happens at the coalface of the sector. Farming is the lifeblood of our land and our people and as a sector we need to continue to communicate the vital links between agriculture, food and our economy to the consumer. As our research shows it is evident that there is an appetite amongst urban consumers to learn more about their food and the sector and this event aims to do just that in an innovative and engaging way.”


Nano Nagle Cork Drama Event

‘A Path Through the Dark – The Story of Nano Nagle’ is a new and original drama formed by the creative minds of Oceans of Notions Theatre group in conjunction with the Presentation Sisters and Nano Nagle Place. It is a 1 woman, 1-hour show telling the story of Nano Nagle, accompanied by an original composition of 18th century music and live vocals performed by Annette Buckley.

We would love for members of Macra na Feirme to attend our show which will take place in our beautiful Goldie Chapel during the Easter Holidays.

We will have matinee shows on: Tuesday 23rd April, Wednesday 24th April and Saturday 27th April (all at 2pm)

Our evening performances take place on: Thursday 25th April, Friday 26th April, Saturday 27th April (all at 7pm)

It is our strong belief that the story of Nano and the Presentation Sisters is one all Cork people should know.

If you require further information please contact