Croom,Limerick Macra News

picture-2-0881Macra na Feirme’s protest meetings and marches held recently in Tullamore and Carrick on Shannon  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.

Macra na Feirme is conducting a survey among its members who are insured to drive a car. The purpose of the survey is to assist with the formulation of an affinity package for Macra members. The results of the survey are confidential and it takes approximately 2 minutes to complete. The survey can be found on Macra’s homepage and we would encourage all members who are insured to drive to fill out the form and help Macra tailor a package to suit you.

Ballylanders Macra presented a cheque to the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, following sponsorship collected from the Galtees Climb which took place during the summer months. Breda Clancy from the charity gave the club a very interesting talk on the work the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind do visually imparied people.  Ballylanders Macra would like to thank Breda for attending and for the very informative presentation she gave the club.

Congratulations to the Kilmallock impromptu debating team who were victorious in the National semi final in Ennis last Saturday evening. Team captain Aisling Quain successfully led her team to triumph in two separate debates. The motions they proposed were ‘Christmas advertising should be banned until December 1st’ and ‘Irish people use public transport excessively’. Peter Cussen made confident speeches and Stephen Kelleher won ‘Best Speaker’ of the evening. This team are definitely going places and why not discover their winning charms yourself as they compete in the National Finals in Nenagh on the 6th December.   


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.


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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