Limerick Macra’s National Karaoke Competition

noreen healy,emer o shea,and jennifer o shea.

noreen healy,emer o shea,and jennifer o shea.

 The glamorous girls from the Berrings Club, Cork with their
 special head attire after winning the competitive Group Karaoke
 Contest. Noreen Healy, Emer O Shea and Jennifer O Shea sang ‘Build Me
 Up Buttercup’ by The Foundations at the Macra vision National Finals
 in the South Court recently.

lisa cahill, patricia cahill,sinead leahy, steven fitzgerald  and shane cahill
lisa cahill, patricia cahill,sinead leahy, steven fitzgerald and shane cahill

(L to R) Lisa Cahill, Patricia Cahill, Sinead Leahy and
 Steven Fitzgerald and Shane Cahill in front, runners up in the Group
 Competition with Jailhouse Rock by Elvis and also the winners of Best
> Costumes. 

Shane Cahill
Shane Cahill

Shane Cahill from the newly formed Croom Club with his trophy
 after receiving second place in the Group Karaoke Competition.

An award for ‘Best New Macra Member’ is presented to an individual Macra member, who joined the organisation between March 1st, 2007 and February 29th, 2008, and who is deemed by his/her club to have made a significant contribution to the development of the club during his/her first year of membership. The very first of luck to two finalists from Limerick, Marie Roche from Shannonside and Liam Mulcahy from Ballylanders. The very best of luck to you all.

Macra na Feirme is dedicated to the continuous training of its members and is therefore running workshops in Debating and Public Speaking. These workshops are given by Macra’s training and development officers and are open to all Macra members. We would encourage all members who are interested in public speaking and debating to attend these free workshops. * Thursday October 16th in the Firgrove Mitchelstown at 8 to 10pm suitable for Avondhu, Limerick and South Tipperary members* Thursday November 6th in the Bunratty Shannon Shamrock Hotel from 8 to 10pm for Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary members. For further information please contact our Limerick area training and development officer Michael Ryan 087 7671740.

Macra na Feirme’s national young farmers’ conference was launched this week by Macra na Feirme’s national president Catherine Buckley, Vice-Chair of Macra’s Ag Affairs and former Young Farmer of the Year, Bryan Daniels and Pat O’Keeffe News Editor from the Irish Farmers Journal. The Young Farmers Agricultural Conference takes place in Galway on Saturday, 25th October in the Salthill Hotel. The Conference Topic is ‘Food versus Fuel’ – what future for young farmers, and is being held at the Macra annual conference kindly sponsored by The morning part of the conference has three farm walks, a dairy farm, beef farm and alternative farm including bio fuels, tillage and organics. In the afternoon attendees will return to the Salthill hotel and speakers will address the theme ‘Food vs. Fuel’ and the future for young Irish farmers will be discussed and debated. The line up of distinguished speakers include Tom Arnold chief executive of Concern worldwide, Matt Dempsey Editor of the Farmers Journal, Stephen Shorten farmer and director of G.R.O. Oil Ltd and Cork-based dairy farmer and director of Kedco Plc William Kingston. Young farmers interested in attending the farm walks and conference can purchase a ticket on the morning for €30 to cover bus transfers to the farms and lunch. For further information contact Mona O’Donoghue of the Galway Rally committee on 087-9507681 or email

Well done to all the Macra ladies who ran the Limerick Mini Marathon in Limerick recently. AnnMarie Keyes would like to thank all her sponsors who helped her raise €450 for the Irish Heart Foundation.

The next county finals coming up soon are for welding and impromptu debating. So, get the safety gear on and get practising heckling. Good luck to Michael Spellacy from Ballyneety who will represent Limerick in the National Beef Stockjudging Finals at the National Rally on Friday Oct 24th.

Upcoming events:

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

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 .

30th Oct The Croom club is holding a Halloween themed quiz in Hickeys Bar, Croom at 8pm. This will be the club’s first event and promises to be an enjoyable and sociable evening. Macra members and the general public are all welcome. For further information, contact Yvonne on 0876841816.

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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