Seandún Marks End of 60th Year
Seandún Macra held their AGM on Wednesday last, 6th June, in the Marian Hall, Ballinhassig. Distinguished guests including Macra President James Healy, Munster Vice President Tom O'Donoghue and TDO Jerry Murphy all attended to celebrate what has been a fantastic year for the region.
A huge thanks and congratulations were passed on to the members stepping down from their positions after completing their two years of service. In particular, Eilis Ahern (chaiperson), Aislinn Collins (treasurer) and Kathleen Fitzgerald (PRO) all finished out their terms on the regional top table and most certainly brought a new set of skills and an incredible amount of dedication to their roles.
Eilis Ahern has moved to the role of NCR, following on from the fantastic work of Eillish O'Callaghan over the last two years. Eillish has now stepped in to become the regional president.
Sarah O'Connell (Glanmire) continues her role as regional secretary and will be joined at the top table by Paul O'Regan (Kinsale) as chairperson, Declan O'Hara (Glanmire) as treasurer and Selina O'Donovan (Kinsale) in the role of PRO.
Awards were also handed out on the night; Club of the Year was awarded to Glanmire, Most Improved Club of the Year went to Kinsale, PRO of the year was jointly awarded to Aisling Walsh and Mike Buckley of Glanmire, while PRO Book of the Year was produced by Anna Hannon, Kinsale. Well done to all clubs on an outstanding year!
The best of luck to this year's committee for what promises to be another busy and exciting year!
A reminder that the region's end of year party takes place this Saturday, 16th June from 8.30pm in the Castle Glanmire. All members; old, new and prospective are invited!
Seandún also look forward to taking part in Cork Summer Show this weekend (Sunday 17th) as Cork County host the 'Creative Challenge'. Participants will be asked to create posters, seats or loungers, and a non-alcoholic beverage all under the theme of 'Festival Vibes'. Best wishes to all entering and travelling to the event!
Are You Macra na Feirme’s Club of the Year?
The closing date for Macra’s club of the year competition is nearing and every club is urged to enter. Application forms are available from the latest downloads section on Macra.ie. The aim of the competition is to recognise and reward the hard work and commitment of clubs and members.
Six clubs are selected to go forward to the national final, which will take place at this year’s Annual Conference (Rally) in South Tipperary in the Clonmel Park Hotel over the October bank holiday weekend.
Macra National President, James Healy, said, ‘The Club of the Year and Best New Member Competitions recognise the enthusiasm, initiative and hard work our members bring to their clubs and local communities. It is a fantastic achievement to win these awards and I would encourage our clubs and new members to enter.’
The ‘Best New Member’ Award will be presented as part of the Club of the Year competition to one individual Macra member who is deemed by their club to have made a significant contribution to the development of the club during their first year of membership. The deadline for entries for the Best New Member Category is Friday July 27th.
Application forms for both competition categories are available now in the latest downloads section on the Macra website. The closing date for Club of the Year entries for 2018 is Friday June 29th.
Awbeg Macra’s Lisa Getting Set for Uganda
On the 20th July Awbeg Macra na Feirme member Lisa Howard will be boarding an aeroplane and heading off for the experience of a lifetime, together with her friend Margaret Kearney. The student-primary-school-teacher duo will spend three weeks, from the 20th July, volunteering in Nansana in the Wakiso District of Uganda. Nansana is located six miles northwest of Uganda’s capital city Kampala. The two will be working as part of registered charity ‘Nurture Africa’s’ Volunteer Teaching Placement Programme. While they have already paid for their flights, accommodation etc. themselves, Lisa and Margaret are hoping to raise a significant amount of money to donate to ‘Nurture Africa’ programmes in Uganda. To this end they are holding a BBQ Fundraiser in Grindel’s Bar, Ballyhooly (P51 XND5) this Friday, 15th June at 8pm. There will be plenty of food, a raffle and the evening’s entertainment will be kicked off by well-known local two-piece ‘Double Strum’. A sing-song will see the fundraising revelries continue into the small hours. For those who would like to support but cannot attend, the pair has set up: www.idonate.ie/HelpGetMagsAndLisaToUganda.
Last Sunday, 10th June 2018, Awbeg Macra helped serve tea and coffee to the large crowd who attended the annual open-air mass at the Nano Nagle Centre, the birthplace of the Venerable Nano Nagle in Ballygriffin. The event was organised by Killavullen Community Council and the celebrant was Bishop William Crean. 2018 is the tercentenary (300th anniversary) of the birth of Nano Nagle.
At the Avondhu Macra na Feirme AGM in the Mallow GAA Complex last Monday, 11th June, Awbeg Macra members were elected into several offices. Breda O’Keeffe will remain on as Avondhu Treasurer, Aoife Ladd is now Competitions Secretary, Adrian Curtin is Young Farmers Development Group Chairperson, Dan O’Callaghan is Sports Officer and Breda Forrest is National Council Representative.
New members are always extremely welcome. To find out more contact them via Facebook (awbeg.macra), Twitter (@AwbegMacra), Snapchat (awbegmacra1) or club phone 085 7729798. Awbeg Macra na Feirme is based in the areas surrounding the Awbeg River in County Cork incl. Buttevant, Churchtown, Doneraile, Killavullen, Mourneabbey and is open to absolutely everyone aged 17 to 35 who is looking to meet new people and have fun. Their main areas of activity include sport, travel, community involvement, performing arts, agriculture and public speaking – but they are liable to try anything.
Youth Bank Monaghan
Macra na Feirme is looking for members aged 18 to 25 in County Monaghan to take part in an exciting new project known as Youth Bank. Youth Bank is a unique way of gaining new skills of grant making, which include decision-making, interview skills and planning. The members involved in Youth Bank will be responsible for funding local youth projects under the theme of Peace. This Youth Bank will run in collaboration with the Young Farmers of Ulster with two individual Youth Banks, one made up of members from the Young Farmers of Ulster and one made up of members of Macra na Feirme.
The process will take place over a period of nine to twelve months. Training will mostly take place over weekends in residential settings where both groups will meet for training days and overnight accommodation several times throughout the project year. Both Youth Banks will run under the Youth Network for Peace project of which Macra na Feirme is a partner. Youth Network for Peace is a project funded by European Union Peace IV funding which is a fund to promote peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland.
Based on the location of clubs from both organisations involved in this Youth Bank we are looking for members from the Emyvale and wider County Monaghan area between the age of 18 and 25 to be part of the Macra na Feirme Youth Bank. If you might be interested in being part of this exciting project contact Jennifer Arthur for more information – 0871853485 or email@example.com.
Youth Bank: http://www.youthbank.org/
Louth Macra Presents Summer Ball 2018
Crowne Plaza Hotel 23rd June
Ticket Cost: €50
Four Course Meal followed by music from the Waxies and a DJ
There will also be a Bachelor of the Year Contest
For entry form info contact:
Niall 085 757 1820 / Nigel 087 7189965