Macra na Feirme Young Farmer Skillnet recognised its outstanding young leaders at the 2018 Macra/ABP National Leadership Awards in Dublin last night.
The winners were:
- Sean Wallace, Donoughmore Macra, Muskerry, Cork
- Sarah Condren, Johnstown/Coolgreany Macra, Wicklow
- Jennifer Hall, Ashford Macra, Wicklow
The other finalists were:
- Paul O’Regan, Kinsale Macra, Seandun, Cork
- Una Ryan, Ballinahinch/Killoscully Macra, North Tipperary
- Charlie Smyth, Ramor Macra, Cavan
- Cormac Lehane, Carrigaline Macra, Seandun, Cork
Newstalk Presenter Bobby Kerr gave the keynote speech on the night, telling the finalists that, ‘Leadership is about getting stuck in, changing your style as challenges and circumstances change and keeping it simple because being a good leader is not about making things complicated.’
Macra na Feirme National President, James Healy, said, Congratulations to this year’s National Leadership Award winners. Our National Chair Eamon Cassells brought the very first NLA handed out by Macra with him tonight. Back in 1983 it was awarded to his father so it shows the longevity of these awards and their importance. They continue to recognise the future leaders of our communities. I would also like to thank ABP Food Group for their continued support of these awards and for helping to make this event memorable for all our finalists.’
The National Leadership Awards recognise the leadership skills of Macra members within their clubs and the wider community. The competition raises the level and standard of leadership in Macra and provides an incentive for the development of club programmes.
This year's six finalists were judged by a panel comprised of:
Deirdre O’Shea (Agri Aware)
Matt Dempsey (The Irish Famers Journal)
Colm Dore (ABP Food Group)
The three winners were presented with specially commissioned commemorative trophies.