Macra Easter Ball, Woodlands House Hotel,Adare.


Calendar girls; (L to R) Geraldine Quain, Caroline Cuddy, Corinna Byrne, Bridget Ryan, Aishling Quain and Lisa Cahill, all calendar girls, with the cheque for Limerick Samaritans.

Not many people can say that they raised €34,000 for charity but 12 beautiful, young Macra women have done just this. Last Sunday night these ladies handed over a cheque with this extraordinary total to Jean Ryan, Director of Limerick Samaritans. These twelve ladies raised this money through the sales of a fabulous Calendar, which showed women looking sexy and beautiful on a farm.

This wonderful presentation took place during the annual Limerick Macra Easter Ball at The Woodlands House Hotel. Over 200 guests enjoyed an evening of delicious food and exciting entertainment by the Limerick band ‘Keep in Touch’.

Caroline Cuddy, Adare, one of the main organisers of the Calendar thanked the many people and organisations who made the calendar possible: all of the generous sponsors, the creative photographer Karen Gleeson from Kildare, the Limerick Samaritans Office, McKerns Printers of Limerick, the Roche family, Rathkeale who allowed the girls to use their farm for ‘location shots’, and the wonderful pin-up girls for their enthusiasm and tremendous sense of fun. But, most importantly, she thanked the people of Limerick and all those who purchased the calendar.She stated that ‘everyone’s generosity is hugely appreciated’.


Cheque:  (L to R) Caroline Cuddy (calendar organiser), David Barry (Samaritans volunteer), Jean Ryan (Limerick Samaritans Director) and Lisa Cahill (calendar organiser) at the Easter Ball.

During the Ball, the on stage interviews for the Limerick Mr. Personality contest took place. Four charming and handsome young men delighted the audience with their stories and jokes. Liam Mulachy from the Ballylanders Club won first prize and took away a generous voucher for Mike O Connell’s Menswear, Limerick. He will now go on to represent Limerick in the National Mr. Personality Final, which takes place in Kilkenny in April. The weekend will involve interviews, socialising, team building activities, clay pigeon shooting, etc.

There were many other winners on the night. Pamela Keogh, Foynes won the award of ‘The Best Dressed Lady’ and took home a €100 voucher for Shoe Flair, Limerick.  A Cork man was honoured with the title of ‘Best Dressed Man’. Tony Mullane of WhiteChurch stole the ladies heart with his dashing black suit and red tie with white polka dots. Also, for the second year running Denise Kelleher and Tom Dorgan were rewarded for their superb dancing and named ‘the most romantic couple of the night’.

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Fiachra Liston presents Tony Mullane with the prize for ‘The Best Dressed Man at the annual Easter Sunday Ball. Pamela Keogh won the title of ‘Best Dressed Lady’ at the Easter Ball. Fiachra Liston, the County Limerick Macra Chairperson presents her with her voucher.

 The 2008 ‘FBD Young Farmer of the Year Competition’ was launched last week by Macra Na Feirme, IFA and sponsors, FBD. The aim of this prestigious competition, run by Macra Na Feirme in partnership with the IFA, is to recognise and reward the top young farmers in the country. Entrants are judged according to a number of criteria including farm business initiative and innovation, levels of farm efficiency and enterprise quality, farm safety and environmental protection awareness, as well as agricultural knowledge and community involvement. Conor Gouldson, FBD Company Secretary, said that FBD Insurance were glad to sponsor the competition for the tenth year in succession. “Farming is at the core of FBD’s success and young farmers are essential for the continued growth and development in this sector,” he said. Catherine Buckley, Macra Na Feirme national president, says that it is important to highlight the positive aspects of farming. “Farming offers a varied and challenging work environment and is still a viable profession.  It’s vital that we acknowledge the many highly educated young people that have embarked on a successful career in farming,” she said. Padraig Walshe, IFA president, said: “This competition has been a big success to date in terms of recognising and rewarding our industry’s best young farmers.” The prizefund for the 2008 ‘FBD Young Farmer of the Year Competition’ is EUR10,000 and application forms are available from Macra na Feirme national office by phoning 01 4268900 or emailing from local IFA or FBD offices, and by download from New opportunity to nominate a young farmer for the Award.


This year, members of the public can also nominate a local young farmer for the Awards. A special nomination form is also available from Macra na Feirme by phoning 01 4268900 or by emailing .



  Upcoming events: 


12 April: Limerick’s National Talent representatives will perform in the All-Ireland semi final on Saturday 12th April at the Bru Boru centre, Cashel, Co Tipperary.

  18/19 April: The Limerick Rose Selection will take place at the South Court Hotel on both nights. Limerick Macra have a wonderful representative from the Shannonside Club; Corinna Byrne. Put these dates in your diary, your support is needed. 


18/19 April: Mr Personality Festival will take place in Kilkenny. Check out Mr. Personality Festival Bebo webpage for further details.

  If you are interested in finding out more about Macra, then why not go onto our excellent website, There are clubs throughout the County and if you are interested in finding out more, then you need to contact Lisa Cahill now on 086 4085877 or email 

Read More : A Macra Na Feirme Special on     

See the Link  on the site  Community >Agriculture> Macra 


Lovely Ladies;  Aoife Laffan, Denise Kelleher, Karen O Sullivan, Ingrid Laffan, Aishling Laffan and Eimear Laffan at the Macra Easter Ball.



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