Club News & Events From Around Ireland

Post on: Wed, 30, November -0001

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 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.


Louth Macra Presents Summer Ball 2018

Crowne Plaza Hotel 23rd June

Doors 7pm 

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


Donoughmore Macra

Members of Donoughmore Macra attended the Muskerry Macra AGM at the beginning of June with 8 members taking up positions on the top table. Best of luck to them in the year ahead. Donoughmore were delighted to win Regional Club of the Year and are now through to the national semi finals of the Club of the Year interviews. Congratulations to our PROs Aoibhinn Murphy and Marie Wallace who also won the regional PRO award on the night.

Members from Donoughmore took part in the regional round of dairy stockjudging which was held on Seamus and James Crowley's farm. Congratulations to Aoibhinn Murphy who won the U23 competition and to Alan Twomey who won the Senior competition. Best of luck to both members as they travel to Meath on July 4th to take part in the National stockjudging competition.

The club AGM is taking place on Friday June 29th at 9pm in Pat Barry's Bar Donoughmore. All are welcome to attend.


Awbeg Macra Making Most of Long Summer Evenings

Awbeg Macra members are making the most of the long summer evenings with the array of events that they will be attending over the coming weeks. This Sunday, 24th June, they are heading to Laharn Cross to go dancing at the crossroads. Some members will also be attending Charleville Show. Due to their packed schedule, their mystery tour in honour of Awbeg Macra’s Ballad Group and Set Dancers who won NTC National Finals has been postponed to Saturday, 15th September. On Saturday, 30th June the club will be attending an 80's Themed Fundraiser Night in The Railway Bar in Mourneabbey in aid of the charity ‘Nurture Africa’. On Sunday, 1st July (date subject to change) Awbeg Macra will be heading to the Ballyhass Aquapark. Awbeg Macra will be participating in Mallow RFC’s fifth annual Tag Rugby Festival on Saturday, 11th August. The club holiday to Santa Ponsa will be in late July.

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

Youth Bank: