Croom,Limerick Macra News

Congratulations  to the wonderful Kilmallock Impromtu debating team who were victorious in the National Debating Competition last Saturday evening in Nenagh. This win is a wonderful achievement for Limerick and a second National title for Limerick so early in the Macra year. Aisling Quain, Stephen Kelleher and Peter Cussen represented Limerick and are now candidates for the National Prizewinners trip which will take place during the summer 2009. This is truely a great honour for Limerick and everyone is very proud of these three individuals who have worked very hard since September preparing for this event.

Macra na Feirme National President Catherine Buckley said the non availability of schemes such as Installation Aid, Early Retirement and Farm Investment could force young people into drawing Social Welfare payments. Speaking after the Fine Gael proposed motion on Wednesday in the Dail, Ms Buckley said ‘facilitating installation of young farmer entrepreneurs during their establishment cost and investment phases is crucially important to job creation in the agricultural sector’. Instead the Government has withdrawn the financial primers to assist young farmer entrepreneurs, including Early Retirement schemes to make land available to young farmers, Installation Aid to offset significant establishment costs and Farm Improvement schemes to assist in the modernization of facilities. The alternative for these young trained farmers is to draw Social Welfare. Ms Buckley said this would be a serious burden on the State and will inevitably cost more than supporting the establishment of a farmer with Installation Aid. A young person on Social Welfare would get €10,000 plus other entitlements whereas the cost of Installation Aid for a young farmer is a once off €8,750, as the scheme is 42% co-funded from the EU. It is paramount that the Government remembers that agriculture contributes €20bn of output and accounts for 9.7% of all exports and 8.2% of employment, it’s a major contributor to growth and creation of job opportunities in rural areas and the Government must reverse its decision to suspend Installation Aid and Early Retirement schemes. Macra are organising a trip to Brussels to meet MEPS and the European Commission, departing Dublin on 18th to 20th of

   January. If you are interested in attending this trip please contact Macra Head quarters on 014268900.

Congratulations to Shannonsiders Marie O’Shaughnessy, Micheál

Roche & Fergus Mullane who won the Public Speaking County Round which took place at Woodlands Hotel, Adare recently.

 

Croí are delighted to announce that two places have just come available on their September tour of the Colorado Cowboy Challenge. This experience of a lifetime includes a week working like a cowboy on a real working cattle ranch in Denver, Colorado. Not a ‘touristy Dude Ranch’ you will work hard on a 5,000 acre ranch with about 500 head of cattle where most of the work is done on horseback. You’ll learn to ride western saddles, rope calves, mend fences and maybe branding calves.

Because of a cancellation, they now have two places on their September tour (Sept 19th to 27th). A €500 deposit secures your place and the fundraising target is €5,500. 50% of the money you raise covers the costs of the challenge and 50% goes directly to Croi, The West of Ireland Cardiology Foundation.

To reserve your place on the experience of a lifetime please call Sue on 091 544331, email sue@croi.ie or text ‘cowboy’ followed by your name and address to 086 8193692. For further information on this and all of our fundraising challenges please visit www.croi.ie.

 

Upcoming events:

Dec 12th – Mens county indoor soccer tournament will take

 place in Hospital, details to follow. Keep the training up boys.

St. Stephen’s Day  Looking for a fun way to work of the Christmas excesses? Then why not attend an afternoon of “Reindeer Rugby” – tag rugby with a difference on Stephen’s day, followed by an evening of festivities, hosted by Bruff RFC! Closing date 19th Dec. Event is free!

 

Jan 9th – The Limerick Capers team will participate in the

 Cork County Round as they prepare for the National semi finals which will take place  on the 17th of January. Not to

 be missed!

Jan 11th – The All Ireland National soccer finals will be

 held in Gormanston College, Co. Meath.

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 on 086 4085877 or Michael Ryan on 0877671740

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