Macra Club News & Events From Around Ireland: May 2nd

Post on: Thu, 02, May 2019

Pictured above are the Awbeg Macra Ballad Group (from L-R) Lisa Howard, Niamh Curran, Shannon Murphy, Helena Coughlan, Rosemarie Burke and Amy Twohig. The Awbeg Macra Ballad Group will compete in the All Ireland Finals of the Macra Smartsoil National Talent Competition Finals this Sunday. Sign in for competitors is from 6pm to 6.30pm with the show to start at 7pm. Tickets are available here

Roscommon Macra’s Big Hello

Roscommon Macra are holding a 75th Macra anniversary celebration this Bank Holiday Sunday at the Lamb Festival Marquee in the Roscommon town centre (Opposite the Post Office) as part of the Big Hello bank holiday celebrations. They’ll be a barn dance and jiving competition as well as raffles, and music by Shane Moore. It all kicks off at 9 pm, tickets €10. Call Diarmuid Murray 087 7908036 for more information.


Athboy Macra are All Ireland Amateur Drama Champions

Athboy Macra na Feirme claimed the Macra na Feirme All Ireland Amateur Drama for only the second time in the club's history on Sunday 28th April in Rossmore, Co. Cork.

The finals, which took place over two nights, saw a field of 6 Macra clubs staging one-act plays with a maximum time limit of 55mins. Athboy's play "Laundry and Bourbon" by James McClure was staged on the first night of the finals and featured Siobhan Kearney, Orla Kearney and Aisling Daly as three Texan housewives gossiping on a front porch. Athboy also claimed three of the individual awards with Best Actress going to Siobhán Kearney, Best Supporting Actress was awarded to Orla Kearney and the Best Producer Award was given to their director Paddy Cosgrove.

Athboy Macra na Feirme has a long history of performing arts and has been a regular finalist in the FBD Capers Light Entertainment competition with 8 national titles in that competition alone. While they have been regulars in Amateur Drama, particularly at the Semi-Final stage, this is the club's first title in that competition since 1983. On that occasion, the club won for their staging of the third act of Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite".

The club has put together a strong performance in performing arts and public speaking competitions over the last several months. In November(?), Sandy Gallagher claimed the National Impromptu Debating title. The club reached the Capers National Final in January, while a second Athboy Macra Drama team made it to the National Semi-Finals and their Senior Debating team were also beaten semi-finalists in their respective competition. Meanwhile, the club's Impromptu Debating team have an All Ireland final to look forward to on the 1tth May in Kildare.

For more information on Athboy Macra na Feirme check out their Facebook page.


All Ireland Finals Ahoy for Awbeg Macra!

All roads lead to Mullingar this Sunday where our Ballad Group, Disco Dancers and Solo Instrumentalist Lisa will compete in the All Ireland Final of the Macra National Talent Competition.

Awbeg Macra are no strangers to The National Talent Competition having won national titles the previous two years, here’s hoping Sunday will go the same way! Best of luck to our members heading up and also to our neighboring club Banteer Macra in the Comedy and set dancing competitions. Safe travels to al our members over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Members always welcome. Contact Dan on the club phone at 085 772 9798, or the Awbeg Facebook page.


Special Discount for Blue Jean Country Queen Festival

Heading to Athboy for the Blue Jean Country Queen Festival this June Bank Holiday weekend? Then be sure to get €5 off when booking your Weekend or Entertainment Pack during our Macra Week from 6-10 May 2019.

All you need to do is email: with your order, and a photograph of your valid Macra na Feirme membership card.

Weekend Pack

A weekend pack lets you experience everything The Blue Jean Country Queen Festival has to offer. It entitles you to entry to the Friday night interviews in The Darnley Lodge Hotel, the CU Marquee on Saturday and Sunday and the Gala Banquet. Macra Week Price: €55

Entertainment Pack

An Entertainment Pack allows you access to the CU Marquee on Saturday and Sunday of the Festival. Macra Week Price: €25

The Blue Jean Country Queen Festival takes place from 31st May - 3 June in Athboy, Co Meath. For more information and keep up to date by following the The Blue Jean Country Queen Festival on Facebook and Instagram.


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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Nothing compares to MooMonitor+ in latest independent studies

Two new studies show the extremely high accuracy of the Dairymaster MooMonitor+ system for monitoring cows’ behaviour. The MooMonitor+ came first in class for both indoor and outdoor scenarios in the scientific trials. In these studies, the MooMonitor+ was compared against other sensors and specialist round the clock observations of actual behaviour. In scientific terms the results are described by the Pearson correlation coefficient with the studies showing correlation coefficients as high as 99%!

The MooMonitor+ is a health and fertility monitoring system which detects cows in heat and monitors the resting, feeding, rumination, head position and restlessness of each animal 24x7. This system improves farm profitability by decreasing labour requirements on farm, improving reproductive performance and minimising losses due to missed heats, undiagnosed illnesses and general cow health.

This is the first system validated in both indoor and outdoor scenarios respectively by two independent research centres for both rumination and feeding at opposite ends of the world. Both prove the precision of the Dairymaster MooMonitor+ system.

The recent research was undertaken on an indoor herd at Kentucky State University and published in the Journal of Dairy Science. The other study took place on a grazing herd at Teagasc, Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co Cork and published in Animal - A major new International Journal of Animal Bioscience.

MooMonitor has already been proven to be the most accurate heat detection system in the world based on trials carried out by Kansas State University that were published in the Journal of Dairy Science.