Macra Club News & Events From Around Ireland: December 6th

Post on: Thu, 06, December 2018

Pictured above is the 2017 Meath Macra Live Crib. It returns to Enfield again this year.

Competition News

The Griffin Welding National Finals take place tomorrow at the Cork Training Centre in Bishopstown, Cork T12 EE94.

Sign in is 10.30 – 11 am

FBD Capers

The closing date for registration for the FBD Capers competition is next Wednesday, December 12th


Macra na Feirme Rural Youth to Carry Out National Consultation of Members in Wake of Rural Report

The Macra na Feirme Rural Youth Committee has announced it has begun a nationwide consultation with Macra members to develop a comprehensive overview of issues young people are facing in rural Ireland and how those challenges can be overcome. The announcement comes in the wake of a report by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland which found that rural towns in Ireland are suffering from a long drawn out decline.

Rural Youth Chair Ger Mahon said, 'The findings of the SCSI report are no surprise and only strengthens the view, long held by many in rural Ireland that we are forgotten about in terms of economic growth. In a technological era, broadband plays a pivotal role in economic prosperity and is key to the future development of any business. However, the fact that broadband along with other strategic infrastructure continues to be a luxury of urban classes only serves to provide further reason for those in rural Ireland to feel left behind.'

Macra na Feirme National President James Healy said, ‘Macra na Feirme represents the young people of rural Ireland, and they must be given the opportunity and resources to allow them to bring a vibrancy and dynamism to the future of rural Ireland. With this in mind, the consultation will discuss the challenges, but also the opportunities that can be brought about by supporting our rural youth.’

Mr. Mahon added, 'Macra's Rural Youth Committee have set out to gain a greater understanding of what our members see are the biggest issues and opportunities of life outside the urban zones. Rural Ireland can and will thrive again but only if we are given the opportunities and incentives to make it happen. Continuous investment will play a major role in that, but the investment must be strategic in order to be effective.’

The committee hope to present their findings early in the new year.


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 .


Athboy Macra News

The first weekend in December marked a successful weekend of achievements for Athboy Macra as their members claimed one County title, reached the Semi-Finals of a sports competition and won a National Public Speaking title.

On Friday 30th November, in Athboy's Macra Hall, the Athboy Macra na Feirme debating team (Alan Beirne, Eamon Cassells, Declan Murray and Ruth Tynan) defeated Longwood/Kilyon Macra na Feirme in the County Final of Senior Debating. Athboy, who had defeated Enfield Macra in the previous round to set up the evening's debate, proposed the motion “Christmas Should Be Cancelled”. Athboy's Eamon Cassells claimed Best Speaker for this takedown on Santa Claus. Both Athboy and Longwood will now advance to the national rounds in the new year.

While on Sunday, the Athboy Macra Ladies 5-A-Side Indoor Soccer team took part in a real Cinderella story. The club reached the Semi-Finals of the NDC Indoor Soccer All Ireland in The Soccer Dome, Sportslink Complex, Santry. With wild celebrations in the club WhatsApp when word that the team had actually scored a goal was relayed to the rest of the members.

The crowning achievement of the weekend, however, came on Saturday in Mayo when Sandy Gallagher was named the 2018 National Impromptu Public Speaking Champion at The Public Speaking and Impromptu Public Speaking All Ireland Finals in Castlebar.

Athboy Macra na Feirme now turns it's attention to the FBD Capers competition with the County Final taking place in St James Hall, Athboy on Sunday 9th December. Meanwhile, the club's 12 Days of Giving Charity Drive will continue until the 15th December.

For more information on Athboy Macra na Feirme can be found on the club Facebook 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.


Freemount Macra News

We are very proud of our Public Speaking Team who discussed the topic ‘Free Speech’ and won the All Ireland Final at the weekend. Huge congratulations to Noreen Stritch who was awarded Best Speaker on the night.

Congratulations to our club member Moses Roche who married Marie Murphy on Saturday. We loved celebrating with them and wish them every happiness in their future lives together.

Our next club meeting is on Sunday 9th of December, lots of Christmas plans to be discussed. New members are always welcome.


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.