A grand and gala masquerade ball kicked off a very special celebratory year for Macra na Feirme in South Tipperary on New Year’s Eve.
A champagne reception at Cahir House Hotel began the evening for 233 revellers who went on to enjoy a four-course, delicious banquet, then danced to band ‘No Recession’ and a DJ into the early hours of 2014.
2014 is a special year for Macra na Feirme across Ireland as the young farming organisation marks the 70th anniversary of its foundation.
2013 was an exciting year packed with events, activity and fun. As they head into 2014, they recognise that it is the 70th year of Macra na Feirme. We are planning another busy year with plenty of chances to mark the anniversary.
Established in 1944 by a group of agricultural science teacher, 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.
In 2013, Macra welcomed a new National President and three Vice Presidents. Kieran O’Dowd took up the role of National President, at the AGM in May, alongside James Healy, Munster Vice President; Sean Finan, North West Vice President and Paddy Delaney, Leinster Vice President.
Macra National President, Kieran O’Dowd, said, “My first six months as National President have passed quickly and I look forward to a busy and engaging 2014. We have a lot of events planned and the future looks bright as we head into our 70th year.”
Last March, we hosted a European Young Farmers conference with CEJA and welcomed rural young people from across Europe to Gurteen Agricultural college for the Rural Youth Europe Rally in August.
So if its friendship, fun, competitions, public speaking, community involvement, travel or agriculture you’re looking for, then look no further than your local Macra club. For information on your local club visit www.macra.ie or contact the National Office on 014268900. You can also contact the local groups in South Tipperary on Facebook on ‘South Tipp Macra.’