Macra Competitions News: April 2020

Post on: Wed, 08, April 2020


Welcome to the April edition of the National Competitions Committee newsletter. We hope that this edition finds you and yours safe and well in these unprecedented times. Included in this month’s newsletter are:

  • National Competitions Covid-19 update.  
  • Results from national rounds of competitions since the last issue of the newsletter
  • Any other information that may be of interest e.g. ongoing competition reviews, workshops, etc

As always, if there is any further information that could be included or suggestions to improve the newsletter, we’d love to hear! Email with your suggestions.


National Competitions Committee

Competitions committee Covid-19 update

After the Government announcements on Thursday 12th and more recently on the 27th March, all competitions have been suspended until further notice. Where possible, competition closing dates and finals as set out in the 2019/2020 competitions calendar will be re-scheduled for a future date, when the threat is reduced or eliminated. We will follow the appropriate public health advice before confirming any rescheduled dates.

The safety and wellbeing of our members, staff and partners are the priority for our organisation and as such we have undertaken precautions and measures related to minimising the threat posed by Covid-19. As such, we are acting in accordance with advice from the HSE and the Chief Medical Officer and are monitoring the situation daily. Our Board has established a management group to oversee our Crisis Management Plan, which has delegated authority to implement public health advice from the HSE and Government in responding to Covid-19.


  - 8th Apr 2020: Online Macra Quiz

Upcoming Competitions

Due to the Covid 19 Virus our usual competitions are at a standstill. However, it is important for members to keep active and stay interacting with each other at this time.

The Macra na Feirme Competitions Committee are delighted to announce our online, Macra Quiz which we are running for Macra members.

A Fun way to socialise with members within the county and further afield.

1st Prize: €100 One for all Voucher

2nd Prize: €50 One for all Voucher

3rd Prize: €50 One for all Voucher

We are using Zoom and Kahoot for the Quiz.

Each county can put forward 1 County/Regional Representative

County/Regional rounds should take place before 8th April

Closing dates of entries on Miami are: 8th April

Quarter Finals: Monday 13th April (hosted by our 3 Vice President’s)

Semi Finals: Friday 17th April

Final: Friday 24th April

Tiktok challenge

Macra na Feirme are now on TikTok! They are giving away €50 for the most liked    video. Are you up for the Challenge? Get creative - most likes by 3pm Wednesday 8th of April wins  #MacraChallenge #Competitions2020


The NDC Basketball Finals took place on Sunday the 8th of March, in Dublin. Well done to all the teams who took part on the day.

Thank you to our sponsors, referees, presiding officer, timekeepers, host, members who helped out and supporters for travelling and making the day such a success. The results were as follows:

The NDC Ladies Basketball National Final Winners for 2020 were Kilkenny City Macra na Feirme, Kilkenny. Congratulations to Kilkenny City who won the competition for the second year in a row. Runners-up were, Whitechurch Macra na Feirme, Seandún.

The NDC Mens Basketball National Final Winners for 2020 were Banteer Macra na Feirme, Avondhu and runners-up were, Durrow-Abbeyleix Macra na Feirme, Laois.

After the National Final, we caught up with Kilkenny City Macra na Feirme’s Tina Wright and Banteer Macra na Feirme’s Kelvin O’ Connor on their experience of the Basketball competition. The National Competitions Committee would like to thank Tina and Kelvin for their contribution to this month’s newsletter.

Could you give us a short description of your road to the finals?

Tina: Our road to the finals began with us saying we can do this and we will try everything to make it happen! It followed with constant hard work, learning from each other while still keeping the enjoyment in the game.

First off, we started within each club itself working to attract new participants with fun/social events than as a county all various clubs came together and run games which you can be a spectator or player. It shows people that basketball is evolving and so exciting, especially if you’re the one watching it give you the urge to say I can do that.

Kelvin: Our road to the Final consists of a very tough regional round where teams such as Awbeg, Freemount, Fermoy and Mitchelstown take part in a very tough round of basketball!

What format does the Basketball competition take in your region? 

Tina: The winners of our county round progress to the All-Ireland competition. It's always a tough battle at the county round as it's very competitive; everyone gives 100% for their club.

Kelvin: The basketball format in Avondhu is ran in a round robin where all teams will meet once and teams with most wins Progress to the Final

How often did the team train?

Tina: Sports night is where basketball gets its spotlight. We train once a week but it’s tough yet so much fun you wouldn’t feel it.

Kelvin: We run a weekly sports night which is held on a Wednesday Night in our local community centre, where members gather to play sports or even a few call for the chats and cup of tea! A few that were on the winning team would also play basketball outside of Macra but delighted to come along and get involved!

What benefits did members/ the club gain from taking part in the NDC Basketball competition?

Tina: Our ladies gained huge experience and confidence from taking part in 2020 All Ireland NDC Basketball competition. We enjoyed the day from start to finish and are very fortunate to now have an All-Ireland winners medal to treasure; but more importantly, we have made memories from that day that will stay with us and Kilkenny City Macra forever.

Kelvin: It's an amazing achievement for Banteer Macra na Feirme to win a National title in Basketball,as Banteer Macra would be seen as a performing arts club. This year, the new top tables goal was to broaden our participation in a wide range of competitions; to attract new faces to the club and it's been an unreal success as we have made it to Six National Finals so far and two upcoming when the Covid-19 pandemic passes!

What advice would you have for members/ clubs who are interested in taking part in the competition?

Tina: I would say just go for it, why not? To say you’ve represented your county in an All-Ireland national competition is an unbelievable experience. The day itself goes quickly. They do say time flies when you're having fun. It's so thrilling and at the end of the day that’s what it’s all about. Not just mind/body, but enjoying yourself - with good people or friends and the opportunity to play the game.

Kelvin: I would highly recommend holding a weekly sports night not only for the sports side but for a socialising activitie for members to have somewhere to go during the week for a chat or a cup of tea and also to stay active while making friends and just having a laugh!

What does it mean to Kilkenny City Macra na Feirme and Banteer Macra na Feirme to win the NDC Basketball Final?

Tina: It’s a feeling that you cannot write into words. It’s just amazing and surreal. There’s nothing more exciting than knowing you played against some of the most talented players and we made it!

For us, taking part means stepping out of your comfort zone making you build confidence, building team spirt and challenging yourself with something different. It’s exhilarating.

Also, a fantastic achievement for the club to win two in a row Basketball All-Ireland Titles and everyone involved in the club are extremely proud of this achievement.

Kelvin: It's an unreal boost the for members that have recently joined Macra; to know that there is such competitive sports ran through Macra that they can take part in and also for the members that have been in the club for a while, to have gained members that are interested in sports!


The final of the Senior Debating Competition which was due to take place on Saturday the 14th of March in The Celtic Hotel, Rosscarbery was postponed due to the escalating Covid-19 situation.

Freemount and East Laois will receive a new motion 2 weeks prior to the final, when it is rescheduled. We wish both teams the best of luck, when the Final eventually goes ahead and thank them both for their co-operation and understanding when the postponement was announced. Speakers


Macra na Feirme has pledged to increase the visibility of women’s sport in Ireland because if she can’t see it, she can’t be it. 20×20 is about creating a cultural shift in our perception of girls and women in sport.

Well done to all our members who took part in the NDC Basketball Competition on the 8th of March and showed their stripes. If she can’t see it, she can’t be it!

Ní neart go cur le chéile

We know that this is a very strenuous and worrying time for many of our members, so we are asking you to look out for one another. Be kind and together we will look back at this time and know that we did what we could for our family, friends and neighbours. Some people may need some extra support. So please try keep in touch with friends, family and neighbours while keeping social distances. This can even mean a quick text or phone call!

The link below has a list of mental health supports and services available during COVID-19.

Remember, you are not stuck at home. You are SAFE at home!

Finally, the Competitions Committee would like to thank all our members for adapting to the many changes we as an organisation have had to come to terms with in the last few weeks.

We thank in particular; our many members who are Frontline staff during this ongoing pandemic. We hope you all stay safe and well during this time. Look after yourself and each other as best you can.

We will get through this and when it has passed, the competitions committee looks forward to getting competitions back on track.