Community Dance Session in Croom Community Centre

Although Ireland has seen increased prosperity in recent years, one area which has suffered is community. People are now faced with long hours at work, ever-increasing commute times, family and other commitments and this leads to people not even knowing their own neighbours! The solution is Macra Na Feirme’s ‘Know Your Neighbour Weekend’. Know Your Neighbour is an initiative aimed at providing people with a window of opportunity over the 12th & 13th of July, to get out there and meet people in their community.The Know Your Neighbour Weekend is now in its third year and is again kindly sponsored by ESB Customer Supply. The weekend has been met with great enthusiasm over the past two years and it is hoped to build on this in 2008. Catherine Buckley Macra Na Feirme president says that the initiative is a great way of encouraging people who don’t know anybody living in their local street, estate or apartment block to do something to rectify that situation. Only you can get to Know You’re Neighbour! Literally anybody and everybody can become involved.

Limerick Macra are organising a community dance session in Croom Community Centre Friday 11th July. The session will be one hour long and is open to everyone, adults and children alike and no prior dance experience is required. There are two workshops to choose from; one at 6.30pm and 7.30pm. The dance workshop is an opportunity to do some dancing in an easy relaxed manner, get creative and have fun. Places must be booked and this can be done by contacting Lisa Cahill on 086 4085877 or email lisacahilldance@gmail.com .

Macra Na Feirme hosted the 2008 Five Nations meeting between the young farmer’s organisations in Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland on Thursday 26th June in Dublin. The purpose of these annual meetings is to discuss matters of common interest and to share ideas and experiences between the organisations.

This year’s meeting explored a number of areas including international exchange programmes, rural development funding, and participation at a European level and new initiatives for young farmers. This was a particularly useful meeting with an excellent exchange of ideas.

Upcoming events:

12th-13th July ‘Know Your Neighbour Weekend; 13th July; a national fun-filled family event will take place Marley Park, Dublin between 2-5pm.

International Miss Macra Festival Tipperary, 18/Jul/2008 will be launched in Dundrum House Hotel. The international Miss Macra festival run by Clonoulty Rossmore Macra takes place in Dundrum House Hotel, Co. Tipperary at 9pm. For further details contact Claire on 087 9819717.

Callan Macra of Co. Kilkenny are organising a 26 County fundraising Tractor Drive from 15th to 20th of July, in aid of Lifeline, a Suicide Awareness organisation. The aim of the tractor drive is to give national exposure and financial help to this important organisation and to highlight the issue of suicide awareness and prevention. The group will be travelling through Co. Limerick on 15th and 16th July. They will visit the towns of Dromcolliher, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale before travelling on Tarbert to take the Shannon ferry across to Co. Clare. Your support would be greatly appreciated during the trip. The group are currently looking for a location to leave the tractors near Abbeyfeale on 15th and if you can help, please contact Niall Quinlan on 0851208090 or at callanmacra@gmail.com

31st July; closing date for applications for AIB Club of the Year and Best New Member.

29th & 30th August; County Officer Training.

12th & 13th September; Club Officer Training.

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