Limerick Macra News

Limerick has a new Macra Club, based around the Croom, Ballingarry area. The Maigueside Club has had one meeting and a social event and already 20 new, young enthusiastic members have signed up. The ages range from 19 to 30. Last Wednesday, the club organised a bowling night in Limerick and it was an excellent chance for members to get to know each other. It was also an excellent opportunity for people to come along and see what Macra is all about – fun, socialising and trying out something new (which might be bowling or drama or volleyball etc). Monday evenings have being scheduled as a weekly sports evening with the use of the Community Hall in Croom from half 7 to half 8. Everyone is welcome to join in. Congratuations to the newly appointed officers for the club, the chairperson Seamus O Connell, treasurer Steven Fitzgerald, secretary Shane Cahill and the energetic PRO Aoife Leahy. Good luck to everyone.
The web TV channel of the European Parliament
On 17 September 2008, the European Parliament launched on the Internet its own web/TV channel: Europarltv. From that moment, anyone in the world with Internet access will be able to watch a regularly changing set of programmes based around the life of the Parliament. To check it out log onto www.europarltv.europa.eu
ACCBank and the Irish Farmers Journal are hosting a national conference for women in agriculture on October 15th 2008, in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, from 9.30 to 5pm. Timed to coincide with World Rural Womens’ Day, held annually in October to celebrate the unique contribution of rural women to the agricultural sector, this conference will mark an important day for women from agricultural backgrounds. According to Mairead Lavery, editor of Irish Country Living in the Farmers Journal, “The event aims to empower, inform, inspire and recognise the role of women in agriculture. It will encourage and motivate women to make the changes they want to make in their lives.
The registration fee of €50 (€60 after 26th September) covers conference attendance, lunch and all refreshments and the conference pack”. Registration on the day starts at 9am and the conference will conclude at 5pm. For any queries or further information visit www.irishcountryliving.ie
Upcoming events:
Limerick Macra are preparing to host the infamous MacraVision competition, which will take place on 4th
October
at the South Court Hotel, Raheen, Limerick. Last year it was a great success. The present members of Macra will turn out in their glamour, coming from all corners of Ireland and it is also a super opportunity for people to come along and see what Macra is all about. It promises to be a fantastic event and has often being mentioned as a stepping stone to “You’re a Star”. The competition itself is very similar to ‘Stars in your Eyes’, where competitors dress up as their favourite act and sing, karaoke style. Prizes are on offer for the best group and solo singers and a special award will go to the best dressed act. It will be a fantastic night of entertainment with the best singers and impressionists in Ireland present and many surprises. Lisa Cahill will be running an exciting community dance workshop during the day. All are welcome to this event and you are asked to register your interest for this dance event by emailing
 08lisacahilldance@gmail.com  To find out more about competing in Macravision 
Rose of the Harvest
05 October 2008, North Tipperary, Newport Macra na Feirme Rose of the Harvest competition takes place on Sunday 5th October in association with the Annual Threshing Day at Aherns Bar, Ballymackeogh, Newport. Girls will take part in fun events along with on stage interviews with a national radio sports commentator. All profits from the event will go to a local charity. For further information contact Majella McLoughlin  or email
majellabluejeans1@eircom.net
The National Rally taking place in Galway Oct Bank Holiday, a mad weekend of socialising and also the finals of the men and ladies 7 a-side Gaelic Football competitions. Contact Mono O Donoghue  or check out www.bebo.com/macrar .
Oct 17th to 19th – Ballyhoura Rambling Weekend, a
wonderful walking festival with organised walks for experienced or leisurely walkers. Contact Deebert House 06331200 for further details.
If you are interested in finding out more about Macra, then why not go onto our excellent website, www.macra.ie. There are clubs throughout the County and if you are interested in finding out more, then you need to contact Lisa Cahill now  email limerick.macra@macra.ie
 
Lisa Cahill

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