Limerick Macra News


We are currently in the middle of the Macra na Feirme Recruitment Fortnight. The focus of the fortnight is ‘promoting Macra’s six key areas of activity: sport, travel, agriculture, public speaking, community involvement and performing arts’. Macra na Feirme national president Catherine Buckley explains why Macra runs this Recruitment Fortnight. ‘New members are the lifeblood of every organisation. They bring new ideas, increase the organisation’s person power, foster growth, prevent member burn-out, and take over leadership roles when other members leave. Macra’s most valuable resource is its members, and it is up to current members to ensure that there is always a steady flow of new talent into the organisation. ‘Many young people may not actually be aware of the broad and varied programme of activities that Macra na Feirme offers members so we want to highlight the fact that the benefits of membership are enormous in terms of personal development. We have members from all walks of life, with different interests and occupations, and our programme of activities reflects this fact,’ said Ms. Buckley. Ms Buckley also points out that while the campaign is being run on a national basis, individual Macra clubs around the country are currently organising events to attract potential new members. ‘Macra clubs in every county in Ireland will be running special events to attract along people who ordinarily would never have thought about the benefits of becoming a member of a local Macra club. Macra has something to offer everyone and that’s the message we’re trying to get out,’ she concluded. To see what Macra is hosting in your area visit

Limerick Macra hosted the fabulous National MacraVision finals last Saturday night in the South Court Hotel, Raheen. The standard of singing and dancing on the night was extremely high with some entertaining impressions and songs from famous singers like Elvis, Tina Turner and Celine Dion. Best solo performance went to Carlow Macra with Meath coming a close second. Best groups act went to the Berrings Club from Cork who sang the Foundations song ‘Build me up Buttercup’ and the newly formed Limerick Club, Croom took a well deserved second place in the group competition. The Croom club sang Elvis’s ‘Jailhouse Rock’ with lead vocals by Shane Cahill and the backing dancers were Steven Fitzgerald, Lisa Cahill, Sinead Leahy and Patricia Cahill. This group also won the ‘Best Costume’ award. Congratulations to the organisers of the event, the supporters and of course the participants who entertained us.

Newport Macra held a ‘Rose of the Harvest’ festival last Sunday in conjunction with the annual threshing day. They were very lucky with the weather and all the roses enjoyed team building activities during the day, including sumo wrestling. Mary McCabe who originally hails from Newport and is a member of Ballylanders Macra won third place and took home a generous prise sponsored by a local hair dresser. Well done Mary.

Upcoming events:

Oct 8th :  Every Wednesday, a community dance class will run from half

 6 in the Community Hall Hospital. The theme of the dance sessions will be dancing from the best film musicals eg. Thriller, Flashdance, Saturday Night Fever, etc. €100 for 10 sessions or €12 per session. Contact Lisa Cahill on 086 4085877 for further details.

Oct 12th – Social dancing classes starting in Nenagh for a series of six Sundays at half 8. Learn to dance with confidence at the next wedding or shine on the dance floor by Christmas. These classes are being run in conjunction with Nenagh Macra. Contact Lisa Cahill on 086 4085877 for further details.
24th – 26th Oct: 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 0879507681 or check out .

Oct 17th – 19th Ballyhoura Autumn Rambling Weekend: Serious walkers or leisurely strollers are invited to experience this wonderful countryside. Contact: Margaret Atalla 063-31200

Oct 30th: Croom Macra will host a Hallowe’en themed quiz in Hickeys bar Croom, commencing at 8pm. The Croom club also have a sports evening every Monday in the Community Hall from half seven to half eight. Everyone is welcome.

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

Lisa Cahill


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