Croom ,Limerick Macra News

winnersThe team from Killmallock Macra in county Limerick have been declared this year’s National Impromptu Debating champions. The final of the competition took place recently in the Rugby Club Nenagh in North Tipperary.

The winning team of Stephen Kelleher, Aisling Quain and Peter Cussen defeated Kaye Duffy, Thomas Duffy and Mary Owens from Ramor, Co. Cavan with their opposition of the motion that ‘”Public Servants should not have the right to strike”.

Macra national president Catherine Buckley paid tribute to the winners and runners-up on their eloquent oratory skills and said it had been an extremely enjoyable and informative debate.

Second Phase Club Officer Training:  Macra’s ‘second phase training’ will take place in January. This is a great opportunity for clubs to develop and set targets. This year, the programme is being expanded to include a Child Protection module. Training is an excellent opportunity to interact with members from surrounding Macra clubs and to review and enhance each club’s performance.  The details for training are as follows:

  • Saturday 24th January 2009 in the Glen Eagle Hotel, Killarney.
  • Registration from 1.30 to 2.00pm with training between 2 and 5.30pm
  • Cost – €180 per apartment – Clubs must book at least one apartment.
  • Contact Claire Davenport, in HQ (01-4268910) or to book a place.

Young Farmers:  Michael Ryan (Limerick’s Training and Development Officer) and Lisa Cahill (Limerick’s National Council Representative) are encouraging Limerick’s young farmers to actively plan action against the Budget cuts to Installation Aid, Early Retirement Scheme and Disadvantaged Area Scheme.  A young farmers’ meeting will be arranged in January to put an action plan in place. We hope that our young farmers will collectively visit our local representatives to explain their cases.  Please contact Colm Quain, our Young Farmer Representative for further details.

  • You can help support our young farmers by signing the on-line petition to Budget Cuts on  This petition will be presented to an Taoiseach, Brian Cowen.

Well done to John Davern from Kilmallock who represented Limerick on Saturday in the National Welding Championships, sponsored by Griffin Welding & Engineering Supply Centre (Midleton, Co. Cork). The event took place in the FAS Centre in Bishopstown last week, with Seventeen competitors from Macra clubs all over the country battling it out for the prize of a welder, generously donated by the competition’s sponsors, as well as a place on the Macra prizewinners’ trip abroad later next year. The competition involved a written theory test followed by practical welding tasks. Ronan Kenneally, from Whitechurch, a member of Seandun Macra club in County Cork won the competition whilst Mark Forbes, from Dungourney a member of Ballynoe Macra club, also from county Cork was awarded the runner-up prize.


 Upcoming events:


Ballylanders Macra members and friends Christmas party is on this Saturday, 20th December in the Firgrove Hotel in Mitchelstown. The meal will be served at 8p.m. Music on the night will be by the Zodiacs. A great night’s entertainment guaranteed.


Public Speaking:  Limerick Macra will be hosting the Impromptu Public speaking and Team Public Speaking finals on January 10th 2009.  Venue TBA.  Good luck to County champions Shannonside!


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!



Personality competitions:  The County final of the Miss Blue Jeans, Miss Macra, Queen of the Land, Rose of Tralee and Mr. Personality competitions will take place in the Golden vale Bar on Friday, 6th February.  All are invited and encouraged to take part!


New Club in NCW:  There is a new club starting up in Newcastlewest.  All existing clubs are asked to give this new club as much support and encouragement as possible.  If you have any friends in the area, do encourage them to join up!  Contact Michael Ryan, training & development Officer, on 087-7671740.


The next County meeting will take place on Wednesday, 7th January 2009 in the Golden Vale Bar, Kilmallock.

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. Good  luck to the county champions, the Croom ladies and the Kilmallock men’s teams.

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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