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Macra na Feirme and Calor launch the 2016 ‘Know your Neighbour’ Campaign

27 June 2016
Macra na Feirme and Calor launch the 2016 ‘Know your Neighbour’ Campaign

RESEARCH REVEALS THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF ADULTS (71%) FEEL THAT OUR SENSE OF COMMUNITY IS DECLINING

 

Macra na Feirme and Calor launch the 2016 ‘Know your Neighbour’ Campaign

 

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Minister confirms TAMS 2 approvals at Macra meeting

27 May 2016

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Michael Creed T.D. in a meeting with Macra na Feirme this week has confirmed that Tranche 1 of TAMS2 approvals have started to issue this week.

Macra na Feirme National President Seán Finan...

Macra meets Minister Creed on Young Farmer issues

27 May 2016
Macra meets Minister Creed on Young Farmer issues

Macra na Feirme National President Seán Finan this week (Thurs) led a delegation to meet with new Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D. and his officials at Ag House in Dublin. The Macra na Feirme delegation...

Seandun Team Win Macra Impromptu Debating Competition

20 May 2016
Seandun Team Win Macra Impromptu Debating Competition

The team from Carrigaline Macra won this year's National Impromptu Debating competition. The final of the competition took place last Saturday, 7th May, at the Macra AGM in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

The special prize of Best Debater went to...

Macra na Feirme presentation to St. Patrick's Mental Health Services.

19 May 2016
Macra na Feirme presentation to St. Patrick's Mental Health Services.

At a recent meeting of the Macra na Feirme National Council, held in the Irish Farm Centre, a cheque for €10,678 was presented to Sarah Surgenor Head of Communications & Fundraising at St. Patrick's Mental Health Services....

Weekend of Competitions takes Place for Macra

24 March 2016
Weekend of Competitions takes Place for Macra

Teams from Cork, Kilkenny, Meath and Laois took home titles last weekend when the All-Ireland finals of the NDC Basketball and Kerrygold Club Question Time quiz took place in Dublin.

Kinsale Macra, Seandun, Cork won first place at the quiz...

Fully Functioning BPS National Reserve in 2016 and Onwards Essential

24 March 2016
Fully Functioning BPS National Reserve in 2016 and Onwards Essential

The availability of a fully resourced Basic Payment National Reserve in 2016, and subsequent years, is essential for young farmers.  Macra na Feirme National President Sean Finan said the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine will...

Freemount Macra Team Win All-Ireland Debating Final

15 March 2016
Freemount Macra Team Win All-Ireland Debating Final

Freemount Macra from Avondhu won the All-Ireland debating final at the Macra National AGM on Saturday, the 12th March, in the Fernhill House Hotel, Clonakility hosted by Carbery Macra.

Their team of Michael Curtin, Ann Fitzgerald,  Marian...

Farming Practicalities must be Considered in Greening Consultation

02 March 2016
Farming Practicalities must be Considered in Greening Consultation

The consultative process on Greening underway by the EU Commission must take account of the experience of farmers and the reality of farming structures to ensure the effective implementation of greening measures. Macra is encouraging young...

Macra’s FBD Capers Title Stays in Cork

09 February 2016
Macra’s FBD Capers Title Stays in Cork

The All-Ireland final of Macra's variety entertainment contest, the FBD Capers competition, took place in the Mallow Youth Centre, Cork, last Saturday night, the 6th February.

Donoughmore Macra, Muskerry, Cork took home the top title on the...

Macra General Election Manifesto - Investing in Youth to Deliver Growth

05 February 2016
Macra General Election Manifesto - Investing in Youth to Deliver Growth

Macra has released our pre-election manifesto which focuses on the potential of investing in youth and young farmers as drivers of the growth agenda and delivering a multiplier effect that benefits and sustains rural areas.  

The key...

Young Leaders Recognised – Macra na Feirme National Leadership Awards

03 February 2016
Young Leaders Recognised – Macra na Feirme National Leadership Awards

At an event to recognise outstanding young leaders in Macra na Feirme, three winners were awarded National Leadership Awards. The announcement was made last night, Tuesday, the 2nd February, at a special reception in the Irish Farm Centre in...

National Leadership Awards Guest Speaker

29 January 2016
National Leadership Awards Guest Speaker
Recently, the six finalists in Macra na Feirme’s National Leadership Awards were announced. Macra National President, Seán Finan, is now delighted to announce that Teddy Cashman, IFA’s Liquid Milk Chairman and Chairman of the...

Minister Coveney launches Land Mobility Service Annual Report

21 January 2016
Minister Coveney launches Land Mobility Service Annual Report
The 2015 Annual Report of the Land Mobility Service was launched last Thursday in Buswells Hotel by Minister Simon Coveney. The Service, established to facilitate land mobility, has now completed its second full year of activity, based in three...

Macra Addresses Payment Delays with Minister Coveney

15 January 2016
Macra Addresses Payment Delays with Minister Coveney
Macra National President Seán Finan has highlighted the anger and frustration of young farmers across the country due to the delays experienced in processing of payments by the Dept of Agriculture. Macra na Feirme met Minister Coveney...

Winners of the Macra Public Speaking and Impromptu Public Speaking Competitions

12 January 2016
Winners of the Macra Public Speaking and Impromptu Public Speaking Competitions

At the All Ireland final of Macra’s Public Speaking and Impromptu Public Speaking competitions last weekend, Macra members showed off their accomplished speechmaking skills.

The top prizes were awarded to Millstreet Macra Macra, Muskerry,...

Macra National Leadership Awards Finalists Announced

08 January 2016
Macra National Leadership Awards Finalists Announced

The six finalists in Macra’s National Leadership Awards have been announced. Each finalist went through a challenging interview process and will now proceed to the final interview stage.

 

 

The finalists are:

  • Colm Stenson,...

2016 Set to be a Busy Macra Year

04 January 2016
2016 Set to be a Busy Macra Year

A jam packed calendar is already in place for Macra for 2016. With competitions, social events, festivals and training every week, Macra is an ideal organisation for those looking to get out and meet like-minded people.

In 2015, a new National...

Delays with Young Farmer Payments Unacceptable

04 January 2016
Delays with Young Farmer Payments Unacceptable

Following recent contact from distressed young farmers, Seán Finan, Macra National President, has sought a meeting with Minister Simon Coveney. Macra wants to address the ongoing delays in CAP payment to young farmers and convey the anger...

Macra's Top Welder wins in Cork

04 January 2016
Macra's Top Welder wins in Cork

Carbery man, Patrick O’Leary, from Kilmeen Macra has won this year's final of the Macra na Feirme All-Ireland Welding competition, sponsored by Griffin Welding and Engineering Supply Centre (Midleton, Co. Cork).

Philip Dennehy, Sliabh...

National Dairy Council Indoor Soccer Champions

04 January 2016
National Dairy Council Indoor Soccer Champions

Berrings Macra, women’s team were the big winners at Macra’s NDC Indoor Soccer All-Ireland final last weekend. They beat Knockraha Macra, from Seandun Co. Cork with that team taking second place. Redcross Macra, Wicklow took home the...

Join Macra at the Dogs this Weekend

23 November 2015
Join Macra at the Dogs this Weekend

Macra na Feirme are hosting an exciting night of betting, music and craic this Saturday, the 28th November in six Irish Greyhound Board venues, Curraheen, Cork; Galway; Limerick; Mullingar; Newbridge, Kildare; and Kilcohan, Waterford....

Macra are going to the Dogs!

19 November 2015
Macra are going to the Dogs!

An exciting night of betting, music and craic is taking place on the 28th November. Macra na Feirme are hosting a social night at the dogs in Curraheen, Cork; Galway; Limerick; Mullingar; Newbridge, Kildare; and Kilcohan, Waterford.

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National Title for Cork’s Knockraha Macra at NDC Bowling Final

18 November 2015
National Title for Cork’s Knockraha Macra at NDC Bowling Final

The All-Ireland final of Macra’s National Dairy Council bowling competition took place last weekend with the team from Knockraha Macra, Seandun, Co. Cork taking home the top title. They beat Kilkenny’s Callan Macra.

The national...

Macra President seeks Clarification on Young Farmer Payments

18 November 2015
Macra President seeks Clarification on Young Farmer Payments

Commenting at the Farmers' Charter of Rights meeting today (Wednesday), Macra na Feirme National President Seán Finan sought clarification on commitments to commence payments for the 8500 applicants to the Young Farmer scheme...

Further Clarification: Requirement for Education Commencement by Year End for 2015

11 November 2015
Further Clarification: Requirement for Education Commencement by Year End for 2015

Macra have received further clarification from Teagasc on the requirement for young farmers to have commenced their agriculture education before the end of 2015 if they have applied to the 2015 National Reserve and Young Farmer Top up. Teagasc...

Department must Ensure all Young Farmers are Aware of Scheme Changes

10 November 2015
Department must Ensure all Young Farmers are Aware of Scheme Changes

“All young farmers who have applied for the young farmer top-up and national reserve in 2015 need to make sure that they have registered and started their agricultural education in 2015”.

Bryan Hynes, chairperson of Macra na...

Coops must Empower Young Farmers

04 November 2015
Coops must Empower Young Farmers

Macra na Feirme National President Seán Finan spoke this week on the social panel at the 39th ICOS National Conference in the Convention centre Dublin. The main focus of the discussion on the panel was about getting more young people and...

“Be Kind” - Minister Lynch addresses Youth Mental Health Seminar

28 October 2015
“Be Kind” - Minister Lynch addresses Youth Mental Health Seminar

Minister Kathleen Lynch, Minister of State for Primary Care, Mental Health and Disability, addressed a youth mental health seminar entitled ‘Let’s Talk’ on Sunday, the 25th October. The youth mental health seminar was organised...

Macra Annual Conference a Successful Weekend

27 October 2015
Macra Annual Conference a Successful Weekend

Macra na Feirme National President, Seán Finan, has welcomed the announcement of a top up payment for young dairy farmers from the EU Commission aid package for the dairy sector. The announcement was made by Minister Simon Coveney at the...