Macra Club News & Events From Around Ireland: November 23rd

Post on: Fri, 23, November 2018

Impromptu Public Speaking Semi Finals This Weekend


Saturday 24th November 2018

Sign In: 7.00pm – 7.30pm

Venue: Glantane Community Council, Kilshannig GAA Sports Complex, Glantane, Co.Cork, P51 EOYH

Presiding Officer: Ger Griffin

Competing Teams: Awbeg, Caheragh, Ennis, Killenntierna, Ballylanders, Donoughmore, Nenagh, Kinsale, Waterford City


Saturday 24th November 2018

Sign In: 7.00pm – 7.30pm

Venue: St. Michael’s Hall, Castletown Geoghegan, Co.Westmeath, N91 NV0T

Presiding Officer: Helen Dempsey

Competing Teams: Maudabawn, Treble R, Callan, Camross, Termonfeckin, Athboy, Ferbane/Banagher, Sligo Town, Bree, Dundrum

Kilmacthomas Macra na Feirme club celebrates 70 years

KILMACTHOMAS Macra na Feirme club celebrated its 70th anniversary in style with a banquet at The Park Hotel, Dungarvan on Saturday November 17th.

Current members and former members from down through the decades were joined by many well-wishers and supporters to mark this momentous occasion.

Since its establishment, the club has contributed greatly to community life in the area and members have enjoyed great success in national Macra na Feirme competitions.

The night opened with MC Kieran Foley welcoming guests to the special function.

In a poignant speech, former member Quan Butler then paid tribute to his friend the late Paddy Drohan whose recent tragic death shocked and saddened the local community.

Paddy was a member of Kilmacthomas Macra na Feirme for many years and was part of the club’s team that won an All-Ireland Macra Drama title in 1995.

A minute’s silence was held to remember Paddy and all deceased members of the club.

During a sumptuous meal, guests rejoiced in the wonderful exploits of the Irish rugby team who beat the All Blacks – creating another reason for all to celebrate.

In his after dinner address, National President of Macra na Feirme James Healy praised the Kilmacthomas Macra na Feirme club and all who have been associated with the club down through the years.

He spoke of the club’s many strengths and paid tribute to all those who have contributed to its success.

Current Chairperson of Kilmacthomas Macra na Feirme Shane Fitzgerald outlined some of the current activities of the club.

He spoke of the important role which the club continues to play in local community life and outlined his vision for the coming year. 

Kieran Foley then conducted a panel discussion with three former members who shared experiences of their time with the club.

Sean Murphy, Patricia Murray and John Hobbs delighted guests with their humorous stories.

All three spoke of how their involvement with the club has enriched their lives in many different ways.

Chairperson of the 70th Anniversary Committee Mark Hayes paid tribute to all involved in organising the night and expressed his hope that the Kilmacthomas club would continue to go from strength to strength.

The ballroom was then invaded by the late arrival of Killian ‘Shania’ Power and Pat ‘Nora’ Dunphy.

Roars of laughter ensued as Nora attempted to find a suitable young man to marry her darling daughter Shania.

Both Killian and Pat are former members of the Kilmacthomas club and have enjoyed great success within performing arts competitions in Macra na Feirme.

Guests then danced the night away to the music of ‘The Bottle Brothers’ who put on a fantastic show and enthusiastically interacted with guests.

The committee behind this hugely successful event wishes to thank all those who provided support in any way.

A special commemorative booklet was produced and the committee members are extremely grateful to all who purchased adverts in this booklet.

Thank you also to all businesses who donated prizes for the night’s raffle and to all at The Park Hotel for their hospitality.

All involved with Kilmacthomas Macra na Feirme look forward to a bright future and many more years of success.

Great Weekend Ahead for Awbeg Macra!

Congratulations to club member Niall O’Regan on making a presentation on his studies and travels at the Nuffield Ireland Conference on the 16th November in Castleknock Hotel, Dublin.

Members travelled to Tullamore, Co. Offaly to support Shelley from Fermoy Macra in Queen of the Land.

Some of our members also enjoyed Mallow Macra’s brilliant Hollywood quiz last Friday night in aid of Cope.

Upcoming Events

Awbeg Macra’s Mystery Tour is happening this Saturday, 24th November! Bus leaving Bridge street car park Mallow at 8pm and Kit Roches, Buttevant at 8.30pm. A great night organised with limited places left at just €20. Contact the club phone (085) 772 9798 or our Facebook page for more details.

Best of luck to our marvelous member Kate O’Regan in the All Ireland Semi Final of impromptu public speaking this Saturday in Kilshannig Hall Glantane at 8pm.

Christmas Party in Mallow 21st December

Soccer National Finals Sunday 2nd December. Best of luck to our Mens team!

Sports night this Friday night in Mourneabbey Astro Turf 8.30-9.30pm.

New faces always welcome.

Kilkenny Macra Farm Walk Tonight

Hey folks it’s time for our next farm walk of the year we will be going on a dairy based walk this time & we have a smashing farm lined up. On Fri 23rd Nov @ 7:30pm we will be going to Simon Cantwell’s farm he's not a Kilkenny Macra man but just over the border in our great neighbours Laois Macra na Feirme, he was a runner up for Young Farmer of the year in 2017, we will be discussing Breeding, Dry cow Management & Herd Health. However, apart from dairy, a big emphasis is placed on grass measuring too and fodder management for this year will be discussed as this farm was hit hard with the drought. This farm is just outside of Durrow. We had such a great turnout @ our last walk lets keep it going, Hope to see you all there.

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.

Lakeland Dairies and Macra na Feirme launch Land Mobility Programme

Lakeland Dairies and Macra na Feirme have launched a new Land Mobility Programme. The innovative new initiative will help all types of farmers, farm families, new entrants and land owners to consider their options for collaborative arrangements leading to better use of land resources for the mutual benefit of farmers and land owners. The programme will work to facilitate workable arrangements throughout the Lakeland Dairies catchment area.

The Land Mobility Programme is a confidential and expert service designed to support the sustainable expansion of dairy farming throughout the Lakeland operating region, where the majority of dairy farmers see opportunities for further growth in the years ahead. The programme will also provide advice and assistance to farmers who may be thinking of adjusting their workload, stepping back or making succession arrangements on their farms while also seeking to secure their income for the future.

Macra na Feirme will co-ordinate the new service with ongoing support from Lakeland Dairies and the FBD Trust. It will be managed on the ground by Patrick Brady who has been appointed as the Programme Co-ordinator in the Lakeland Dairies catchment area. Brady has significant farming and business experience. He holds an Agricultural Science Degree from UCD, is a dairy farmer himself and has significant experience with Teagasc. As Programme Co-ordinator, he can be contacted at 087 1628839.

The Land Mobility Service has been successfully piloted over the past 4 years in Ireland, supporting the establishment of over 400 collaborative arrangements between farmers and covering some 35,000 acres of land.

The new Lakeland Land Mobility Programme was launched at the farms of Alfred McGlew and Andrew Purcell who established a farming partnership on their neighbouring farms over a decade ago in Termonfeckin, Co. Louth. Mr. Purcell and Mr. McGlew entered into a collaborative arrangement to create a combined dairy farming enterprise for their mutual benefit. In 2006, both farms were milking 70 cows each and now, in partnership, McGlew & Purcell are milking 330 cows this year. As well as their business agreement, they established specific plans for their farming including the sharing of various jobs and tasks necessary to run their farms. Their combined farms have also since developed into a company which helps the overall administration of the dairying business.

The Land Mobility Service is provided to farmers and land owners on a strictly confidential and individual basis. It will help farmers and land owners to explore their options and put compatible farmers in contact with each other with a view to progressing a mutually agreeable working arrangement.

The arrangements can be as simple or as complex as people want, provided they are workable for all parties involved. Arrangements can be in or outside the family. For an arrangement to work it will typically need to underpin income security and enhancement and be tax efficient while protecting assets and EU entitlements. Identifying and agreeing on the land to be farmed is also very important and the programme also seeks to deliver quality of life and social benefits for the parties involved.

The types of arrangements available within the programme include long term leasing, partnerships and share farming. Additionally farmers can also consider farm to farm co-operation including contract rearing, grazing and silage arrangements and cow leasing.

Macra na Feirme’s Programme Manager for the Land Mobility Service Austin Finn said, ‘The original Land Mobility initiative has proven to be a great success since its introduction in 2014. The reason the Land Mobility Initiative works for people is because it keeps people involved at the heart of any arrangement and we are delighted to be working with Lakeland Diaries in this new innovative land mobility programme for members and milk producers.

Lakeland Dairies’ Chairman Alo Duffy said, “The Land Mobility Programme is about providing choice and opportunities to dairy farmers around a range of options which they can consider to secure the future of their farming enterprises and their livelihoods. This can be focused on the continuing growth of milk production, the sharing of responsibilities and benefits arising from a farming partnership, or it can involve leasing or other collaborative arrangements. The Land Mobility Programme unlocks resources, efficiencies, cost savings and income for farmers working co-operatively together and Lakeland Dairies is delighted to launch this initiative in co-operation with Macra na Feirme.”

In a recent survey, over 40% of Lakeland milk suppliers said they are interested in establishing a Farm Partnership either externally or among family members.

Just over one-third of dairy farms supplying Lakeland Dairies employ staff on either a full-time (8%) or part-time (28%) basis. Two-thirds of milk suppliers do not employ any labour on the farm, other than the family’s own inputs, a finding which supports the potential for collaborative farming arrangements.

In addition to farmers who have significantly grown their output, roughly half of Lakeland milk suppliers said they will further expand their milk production by approximately 5% in each year to 2022.

Athboy Road Race

On Sunday 25th November @ 11:30am, Athboy Macra na Feirme will hold a 5K Road Race at the Bawn Inn, Higginstown,Athboy, Co.Meath in aid of the Macra Hall in Athboy. We as a youth organisation see the Macra Hall as the focal meeting point of our club especially for holding our meetings, events and some competitions. Not only does it benefit us but also many of the other clubs and groups in our community so therefore we want to hold this road race to raise money for the upkeep of the hall. Come along and join in on the fun with many prizes to be won along with kids races on the day! Go to our Facebook page "Athboy Macra" for more information on the event and register online at Primo Events:

Leitrim YFDG Event

Leitrim Macra na Feirme are holding a Young Farmers Development Group event on Wednesday evening, 28th November at 7:30pm in Drumshanbo mart. The event is titled "AgriVision 2019", with a view to preparing farmers for 2019 and beyond. The event, organised by the County's Young Farmer Development Group aims to provide local farmers with indepth information from professionals working in the industry. On the night, speakers will include:

- Grzegorz (Greg) Rutkowski; local vet practicing out of the Animal Health Centre in Manorhamilton. He will be discussing animal health and preparing for calving season.

- Representatives from Carrick on Shannon and Drumshanbo Credit Unions will discuss their offerings to the agri industry and on agri finance in general

- A local member of an Garda Síochána will be discussing all relative issues on recent trailer licencing and regulations along with general rural safety

- Arthur Bredin of Progressive genetics and a live exporter, will discuss the specifics relating to profitable breeding through A.I. and stock bull selection as well as current live export markets and the indications for future markets.

- Aurivo Co-op will be on hand with a member of their Farm Commercial Specialist team from their Nutrias brand, who will delve into feeding livestock over the winter and the effects of proper livestock nutrition.

- Breifne O'Brien of Agriland will be speaking about the increase in online agri media and what they are doing nationally.

Their will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions of all speakers on the night and light refreshments will be available in the mart canteen

Keep an eye on Leitrim Macra social media channels for posters and further information on the event. All young farmers and everyone in the agri community are asked to attend as it is sure to be a very informative and beneficial evening to all.

To get in contact with the organisers, please contact:

Ciarán Clancy, Leitrim Macra YFDG Chair


Fergus O'Rourke, Leitrim Macda YFDG Vice-Chair


Brendan Curran, Leitrim Macra Chair.



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