Macra Club News & Events From Around Ireland: October 18th

Post on: Thu, 18, October 2018

Day to Remember for Aghinagh and Donoughmore Macra at the NDC GAA Finals

Aghinagh Macra Ladies football team and Donoughmore Macra's Mens team were victorious at the National Dairy Council GAA 7 A-Side All Ireland Finals on Sunday at Clara GAA Club in Co.Offaly. In fine autumn weather Aghinagh saw off the challenge of Ballinagore from Westmeath in a hard fought final to ensure the ladies title remained in Muskerry for another year following on from Berrings Macra's win last year.

In the men's final Donoughmore defeated Truagh Macra from Monaghan to bring NDC title back to Muskerry for the first time since 2016. Speaking afterwards Macra na Feirme National President James Healy said, ' Congratulatons to all clubs who took part especially our winners Aghinagh and Donoughmore.

The GAA and Macra na Feirme share much in common particularly with our emphasis on the community and it's great to see such a fine turn out for these finals. I would also like to thank the National Dairy Council for their continued support of this competition. The NDC emphasise the important of a healthy and active lifestyle and equally our GAA finals are an excellent example of the importance Macra places on being active.'


Ferbane Banagher Macra News

Well done to all the macra members in the club who took part in the Queen of the Land launch on Friday 12th October in the Bridge House Hotel. No doubt all their hard work will come to fruition in the coming weeks in advance of the festival. This year see Angela Ryan, a member of the club take part in this year's festival. No doubt she'll do the club and county proud.

Our next club Meeting is on the 25th October 2018 at 8.30pm in McIntyre's Pub in Shannon Harbour. If you want to find out anymore information about the upcoming events or would like to join Macra please contact club chairperson Sarah Kelly on 086-3575915.

Our new members night which saw some new faces attend the Games night in Planet Entertainment in Athlone. Thanks to the committee for organising a great night for all that turned up.

If you want to find out anymore information about the upcoming events or would like to join Macra please contact club chairperson Sarah Kelly on 086-3575915.

Club members from Ferbane Banagher Macra enjoyed a games night organised by the club committee in Planet Entertainment Centre in Athlone. The committee ran the night to attract new members to the club. it was a great success thanks to the committee for organising the event.


Donoughmore Macra

It has been a busy few weeks for Donoughmore Macra. We had three teams entered in the Know your Ag quiz which took place at the Regional meeting. Congratulations to two of those teams on their 1st and 2nd placings and best of luck to them as they compete in the National Final of the competition at the Rally over the October Bank Holiday weekend.

Congratulations to Alan Twomey who was 2nd in the Sheep Stockjudging and to Diarmuid O Connell who won the Beef Stockjudging competition. Both members will take part in the Bord Bia National Final of their respective competitions at the Rally and we would like to wish them the best of luck!

Our men's 7 a side football team traveled to Co Offaly on Sunday the 14th to compete in the NDC National Final and they made a brilliant effort on the day to be crowned All Ireland winners! Congratulations to all who took part.

We are also delighted to announce that Donoughmore Macra have reached the final six of Club of the Year. This is a brilliant achievement which all members are very proud of. Our club officers will take to the stage on the Saturday night of the Rally, held in Clonmel, to represent our club and they are busy preparing for it. All support greatly appreciated and hopefully we can bring the title back to Donoughmore once again!


Youth Network for Peace Cross Border Convention

Do you want to be part of the Youth Network for Peace Convention? Youth Network for Peace is holding a Cross Border Youth Convention on Saturday the 24th November in Carnbeg Hotel and Spa Dundalk. This convention is to showcase the YNP project and the various work streams involved, such as campaigns and conventions and dialogues. An example of the campaigns YNP is involved in is marriage equality. The convention will include Young People from the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly Youth Representatives and more senior influential people to hear the views and concerns of Young People north and south of the border and will include interaction and participation with all other youth organisations involved.

The next stage of the project will provide members of Macra Na Feirmethe opportunity to be part of a Youth Bank in collaboration with the Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster or members will also have the opportunity to become involved with the many other work stream activities that are part of the YNP. Allwill be showcased on the day of the convention. With the uncertainty surrounding the island of Ireland and particularly the border regions with the unknown outcome of Brexit, it is valuable for members of macra to become involved in a positive, encouraging project promoting Peace and more fundamentally collaboration among other youth organisations including Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster. Direct involvement in the Youth Network for Peace is restricted to those under 24 years of age.

However, any of our members under the age of 35 are welcome to represent Macra at this convention. Attendance is restricted to 10 members from each organisation. If you are interested or would like more information contact Jennifer – 0871853485 or before the 26th October to secure your place.

The Youth Network for Peace is a project funded by Peace IV, an ongoing fund to promote peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland since the Good Friday peace agreement. It is also part of the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). YNP also has an online radio that can be accessed at


Diversity within the IFA

In 2017, the National Council of the IFA approved a proposal to establish a group to look at measures that could be taken to enhance the involvement of women/diversity in agriculture.

The first task the committee did was conduct a survey and they are now collating this data which will be presented at next week’s Woman and Agriculture Conference in Kerry. The objective of this study was to get feedback from people that live and work on farms across Ireland, to build a picture of the possible barriers to involvement and to provide recommendations on how best to support women to get involved in the Association. The committee now wish to meet with focus groups of those involved in the sector and discuss the survey results/barriers. They are hoping that next week’s conference in Clonmel might be an opportunity to do this and are looking to meet approximately 10 people (a mix of males and females) that would be willing to discuss their involvement or lack of involvement in Farm Policy and Farm Organisations. If you are interested please email Joe Coffey .


Workshop on Climate Change and Adaptation for Agriculture Sector

The National Rural Network together with Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine will host a workshop on Climate Change and Adaptation for agricultural advisors, researchers, students, and anyone working within the agricultural sector with an interest in Climate Change on the 1st November in the Tullamore Court Hotel from 9.30 -1.45p.m.

The workshop will feature presentations from a host of experts in relation to Climate Change. Topics will include: Overview of Adaptation and Planning Requirements, Climate Change Projections for Ireland and their impact on agriculture into the future, Sustainability discussion, discussion on how to incorporate adaptation and resilience into the next RDP.

Why Attend?

Climate Change is happening and is affecting the way we farm. Agriculture has a vital role to play in addressing climate change.

At this workshop participants will:

• Obtain an in depth Knowledge of Adaptation and Planning requirements

• Identify Opportunities, for Agricultural Advisors to help farmer to take tangible actions on their farms to address the challenge of climate change

• Network with your colleagues

• Discuss what opportunities exist within the next RDP to address Climate Change and incorporate adaptation.

To register your interest, press here.

A full agenda will be available shortly on