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Ballylanders Macra Na Feirme

Ballylanders Macra Na Feirme

Pictured are members of Ballylanders Macra Na Feirme making a presentation of the proceeds from their recent Galtee Mountain Climb to Breeda Clancy of The Irish Guide Dogs For The Blind.

Pictured are; Back row left to right: Pat Hogan, Tom McGrath, J.J. Hickey, Rodger Sheehy, Tommy Lee, Dermot Lane, Declan Brickley, John Fox, Finan Ryan .

Front Row left to right: Siobhan Dunne, Michelle Flemming, Martina McGrath, Breeda Clancy Irish Guide Dogs For The Blind, Liam Mulcahy Chairman Ballylanders Macra, Aishling Fogarty.

Macra Na Feirme’s protest meeting held recently in Tullamore was attended by over 500 young farmers. The meeting saw young farmers vent their anger at the suspension of Installation aid and early retirement schemes. Following on from the meeting Macra na Feirme are calling all young farmers affected by the suspension of Instillation aid and ERS to record their case with Macra na Feirme by visiting and to lobby their local politicians for the reversal of these schemes. Macra have created a petition for young farmers to fill in and record their case with Macra. The Petition will be presented to the Taoiseach on their behalf. Macra na Feirme are also encouraging young farmers in the West and North West to join with the IFA and protest against the suspension of schemes such as Installation Aid and Early Retirement and the cuts to Disadvantaged Area payments and Suckler Cow scheme. Ms Buckley said young farmers are severely affected by the budget and could potentially see their farm family income slashed by over €33,000 next year because of the budget cuts to the above schemes. Young farmers at the Macra meeting in Tullamore were irate over the budget and a protest march which took place last weekend in Carrick on Shannon was a good opportunity for young farmers to publicly demonstrate their demand for the reinstatement of the schemes.

Ballylanders Macra members and friends went on their annual sponsored climb of Galtee Mór during the summer. It was a first time climb for many of the group on the day and they were encouraged and guided to the top by the more experienced climbers. This year all proceeds of the climb went to the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.  Breeda Clancy from the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind attended our last meeting where she was presented with the proceeds from the climb. Breeda gave us a very interesting talk on the work the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind do for people who are visually impaired.  Ballylanders Macra would like to thank Breeda for attending and for the very informative presentation she gave us.  

Congratulations to Aisling Quain, who did an absolute super job representing Limerick at the Queen of the Land Festival last weekend. A huge number of supporters travelled to the Offaly to support our Shannonside Queen. Well done to the overall winner from Dublin.


Upcoming events:

The Shannonside Macra hosts weekly indoor soccer training for all girls and guys in Bawnmore Hall, every Thursday from 8-9pm. To take part, please text Bridget (club secretary) on 0872438133.


Nov 22nd – Impromptu Debating National Semi Final. Good luck to the Kilmallock team, Aisling Quain, Stephen Kelleher and Peter Cussen who will compete this Saturday at Auburn Lodge Ennis

Dec 12th – The National Welding Final will take place in the FAS Centre, Bishopstown, Cork.

Macra has planned an exciting travel program for the 2009. Trips include skiing to Austria, an EU Study Tour to Denmark, numerous exchanges. If you are interested in any of these trips, please contact Macra headquarters 014268900.

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 on 086 4085877 or Michael Ryan on 0877671740


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