Macra National News Round Up: 9th August

Post on: Thu, 09, August 2018

Macra Supporting Embrace Farm 

Embrace FARM, the farm accident support network founded by Brian & Norma Rohan, will embark on its next journey shining a light on those who have lost their lives or have been seriously injured in farming accidents and for farm safety awareness, by driving a tractor around the 32 counties of Ireland this autumn.

With a tractor kindly donated by WR Shaw of Tullamore and driven by volunteers from Macra na Feirme and the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster, the tractor will touch the grass roots of each county during its drive.

The launch of Our Drive to Remember will be opened by Mairead McGuinness MEP at 1pm on Sunday 12th August at Tullamore Show from the WR Shaw stand. The finish point of the tractor drive will be on the opening day of the National Ploughing Championships on Tuesday 18th September. With the support of the National Ploughing Association (NPA), this drive is aimed at reaching all walks of life.

Tullamore Show

Macra na Feirme will have a stand and will be hosting our FBD National Farm Skills Finals at the Tullamore Show this Sunday. Come along and say hello!

Free Digital Training

Iolar Training in conjunction with Limerick Social Service Centre will be running the free Digital Skills for Citizens computer and internet training courses in Limerick, starting in September. This training programme is an initiative of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

These days, increasingly, many government and commercial services are only available online. As a response, the Digital Skills training from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment aims to give everyone the basic know-how to access the internet and ensure that no one is left behind.

The Digital Skills for Citizens training is particularly useful for people who have little or no experience of using computers and the internet. The courses are open to everyone and will run for two hours per week for five weeks at Limerick Social Service Centre on Henry Street, Limerick. Training is aimed at beginners and new users and gives participants the knowledge, skills and confidence to use the internet.

Participants learn how to use email, websites, look up information, local newspapers, listen to radio programmes and watch TV and videos online. Other modules include learning how to access government services and information, how to pay bills, book flights, make video calls, shop online, use online banking, digital photography, social media, using the agfood.ie website and much more.The learning environment is fun and interesting and learners are encouraged to ask questions and participate fully.

The courses are suitable for beginners, new users, and older learners and are completely free. Access to a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone is helpful, but not essential. An Eircode (postcode) is required to register. Courses will run on Mondays at 9 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM.

For more information, or to reserve your place on a course, please call Iolar Training on 089 420 7708

Macra Fantasy Football

A new Premier League season starts this weekend, so get a team into the Macra na Feirme fantasy football league. League code to join is 3103478-710694