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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 President, Seán Finan, and three Vice Presidents, Caroline O’Dowd, North West; Gerard Griffin, Munster and Odile Evans, Leinster, were elected. In 2016, a National Council will be elected and will take their place at the AGM in May.

Macra National President, Seán Finan, said, “Since I was elected president I have been very busy representing the organisation at events and functions, meeting representatives from the industry and travelling around the country to Macra na Feirme meetings, discussing various aspects of our great organisation with members”.

Established in 1944 by a group of agricultural science teachers, the ethos of Macra today is very similar to its beginnings – providing a social outlet and a chance for personal development. A significant difference is that we’re no longer solely focused on young farmers - Macra is an organisation for everyone.  Macra’s work is divided into six key areas of activity, agriculture, sports, travel, public speaking, community involvement and performing arts. In Macra, there’s something for everyone.

Members also benefit from a variety of discounts including 15% off car insurance for young drivers with FBD, €300 off first year services with IFAC and the student fare on Bus Eireann services. Membership starts at only €20.

So, if its friendship, fun, competitions, public speaking, community involvement, travel or agriculture that you’re looking for in 2016, then look no further than your local Macra club. For further information on your local club contact your local Training and Development Officer here.