Rural Youth

October 2023 Update:

Inclusivity Working Group Presentation: click here

Update - 3rd November 2022

Rural Youth Autumn Seminar


Rural Youth Europe and MACRA na FEIRME present the Rural Youth Autumn Seminar, Rural Out Loud, which is being held in An Grianián, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth.

The week-long Seminar which runs from the 5th to 12th of November aims to build knowledge of LGBTI+ inclusion in rural communities and youth organisations, build skills to facilitate respectful dialogue on LGBTI+ inclusion and build capacity to reach out to LGBTI+ young people in rural communities.

MACRA members are invited to attend the social event of the Autumn Seminar at An Grianián on Thursday the 10th November from 7pm.

Best of luck to the Autumn Seminar organising committee on this event

Update - 3rd November 2022

Rural Youth Fun Run


Rural Youth in conjunction with the North Tipp Rally committee held a Colour Fun run at Tipperary Racecourse on Sunday 30th in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland.

€800 was raised. The Rural Youth committee would like to thank those who donated and participated. Also thanks to those who helped promote and organised the event.

View Flickr Album of Images on the Day >>

Update - 3rd November 2022

MACRA Health Booklet

We are delighted to share with you the MACRA Health Booklet, put together by Rural Youth in conjunction with MACRA's Agricultural Affairs and competition committee.

It first appeared at The Rally in Ballykisteen, and it is here for you to view too.

Special thanks to the working group who put in fantastic work to create this booklet for MACRA members;

  • Stephanie Blewitt
  • Aisling Walsh
  • Debbie Donnelly
  • Elaine Houilhan
  • Emma Birchill
  • John Keane
  • Liam Hanrahan
  • Paddy Collins.

Download the Booklet (PDF 7.9Mb) >>

Update - 20th October 2022

Rural Youth Committee 2022 - 2023

Rural Youth Committee is divided into three sub- committees:

  • Rural Living
  • Inclusion
  • Wellness
Here is the Rural Youth Committee for 2022-2023. Below are a list of committee members and their regions of responsibilities. Contact information for members can be obtain from TDOs.

Committee Members 

Regions of Responsibility 

Niamh Farrell (Chair)  

Galway, Roscommon, Mayo

Grainne McPhillps 

Cavan, Meath 

Luna Orofiamma 

Dublin, Longford

Patrick Jordan

Carlow, Wexford

Caoimhe Cusack Smith 

Donegal, Monaghan 

Liam Coppinger

Imokilly, Waterford

Emma Birch 

Kildare, Wicklow

Sarah Kelly


Grainne Davy

Sligo, Leitrim 

Hugh Browne

North Tipp, South Tipp

Amanda O Sullivan 

Carbery, Avondhu

Aisling Walsh 

Kerry and Seandun

Andrew Naughton 

Clare, Limerick 

Gillian Lawlor

Kilkenny Muskerry 

Julie Lupton 

Westmeath, Louth 

Road Safety Authority Annual Conference

‘Tackling Speeding – Risk Factors and Interventions’

  • Venue: Hogan Mezzanine (Level 4), Croke Park, Jones' Rd, Drumcondra, Dublin 3
  • Date: Wednesday, 26 October 2022
  • Time: 9.30am to 3:30pm approx. (registration from 8.30am)

We are looking forward to welcoming guests back to the Road Safety Authority (RSA) Annual Conference once again following a two-year break, next Wednesday, 26 October.

Download the RSA Annual Conference Invite (PDF 179 KB) >>

Update - 8th June 2022

Migrant Farm Walk

MACRA's Rural Youth Committee held a Migrant Farm Walk on Saturday the 4th of June on the farm of Jonathan Dwyer’s, Co. Laois. The walk saw Syrian refugees come together from all parts of Ireland and of all ages, the youngest 4 months to 78 years old.

Two tours were held, with the first group arriving at 10.30, with light refreshment provided, and the 2nd group arriving at 12.30 also receiving light refreshment. Our MACRA president and host farmer Jonathan Dwyer gave the tours of the impressive Laois dairy farm.

All attendees received a small goodie bag at the end of the tour and were treated to lunch in Racket Hall to conclude the day.

Special thanks to the following people for their work aiding the bringing together of the Syrian refugees which shows the brilliant work MACRA is doing in rural communities and for inclusivity.

  • Helen Hayes (Outgoing rural youth committee)
  • John Keane (Macra president)
  • Jonathan Dwyer (Host farmer)
  • Niamh Farrell (Chair, rural youth committee)
  • Elaine Holihan
  • Sarah Kelly
  • Rebecca Tierney
  • Patrick Jordan

We would also like to thank and any other person who helped in any way.

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