Offaly Macra na Feirme Notes
County Games Night
Offaly Macra would like to thank everyone who came and joined us in a night of fun and games on Friday 24th November in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore. It was a fantastic way to break the ice and meet new people. We hope to see you all again very soon!
Offaly Young Farmers
The AIB/Young Farmer Agri Event will be held on Tuesday December 5th in the Tullamore Court Hotel. More details will be released in the coming week.
In 2015, Macra na Feirme established Macra na Feirme Young Farmer Skillnet programme, funded by Skillnets and the Department of Education and Skills. The programme offers a wide range of training and development for young farmers. Training workshops and programmes range from DIY artificial insemination, to hoof trimming; leadership to cashflow management. If you, or a group of young farmers, havea training need please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. On Friday 1st Dec in Teagasc Moorepark.
Emergency First Aid & Health. 9th Dec in Ballinahinch, Tipperary. A One Day Course in Emergency First Aid & Health in Ballinahinch Community Centre from 9:30-4:30pm on Saturday 9th Dec.
Our next County Executive will be held at 8pm in Tullamore on Friday 1st December, venue tbc. This will be followed by our County Christmas Party in the Old Harbour Bar, Tullamore at 9.30pm. This is a brilliant opportunity to see all the sides of Macra na Feirme and encourage everyone and anyone to come along!! Don’t forget your Christmas Jumpers!!
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New Years Eve
Spoilt for choice this year, Macra na Feirme is offering two great events on New Years Eve!
Carrigaline Macra will host a New Year's Eve Ball on Sunday 31st December in the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork. The festivities will begin at 18:!5 with a drinks reception, followed by a delicious 5 course meal and a band “Nightshift” and DJ Peter Bowles until the early hours. Contact Zoe at 086 344 5155 or find more info at www.carrigalinemacra.ie/nye- ball
South Tipperary Macra will also be holding a New Year's Eve Blow-out! This will be held at 7pm in the Clonmel Park Conference, Leisure and Spa Hotel. Tickets are €40 each with entertainment from live band “Red Effect” and a DJ till late! Contact Laurena at 086 178 7873 for more details.
Killoughey Macra will be starting up their almost famous CHRISTMAS PARTY BUS on Saturday 9th December. Meeting at the Blueball at 6pm and travelling around the county in search of the craic! Non-members welcome as we celebrate the festive season in 12+ pubs and finish the night by partying in the Bridge Bar! €10 per person. Seats are limited so contact Niamh on 0862109951 ASAP as we have sold-out in previous years!!
Next club meeting is on 7th December in Flynn's Bar, Banagher at 8.30pm. Contact Sarah Kelly for more details on macra activities and events coming up on 086-3575915. Next club meeting on 7th December in Flynn's Bar, Banagher at 8.30pm.
We have a full calendar planned for the year ahead and would love to see some new faces! If interested in joining our club, contact Nicholas 086-1514297 or Trish 085-8494259.
2nd Annual Offaly Macra Agri Conference in association with AIB
Following on from the success of last year’s event, the 2nd annual Offaly Macra Agri conference in association with AIB will take place on Tuesday 5th December in the Tullamore Court Hotel at 7.45pm. Offaly Macra chairman Steven Kelly noted that “Offaly Macra are delighted to be associated with AIB on this event, it shows a commitment from both parties to the future of agriculture in this country”.
The theme of this years event is “Ireland: An Island in Global Agriculture”. Leading insights from the industry will be provided by Michael Hanley, CEO Lakeland Dairies and Paul Nolan, Group Development Dawn Meats. Eamonn O’Reilly, an Agri Advisor with AIB will explain the Agri-Financial world and give an overview of how Irish farmers are managing their debt. Eamon said this is our second time to run such an event with Offaly Macra and “without their help it would not be possible.”
Also on the night there will be a presentation from Willie Neville, a dairy farmer and a member of Tullamore Macra na Feirme. Once the speakers have completed their presentation, event chairman Derrie Dillon, Agricultural and Rural Affairs Manager with Macra na Feirme, will open up the debate with a panel discussion including questions from the audience.
Local Tullamore AIB branch Manager Kevin Kelly has been to the fore in supporting this event and believes that “this is an excellent opportunity for young farmers to attend an event organised by young farmers, to hear topics relevant to them discussed and to gain to knowledge from their peers”.
The Offaly Macra young farmer group Chairman and Secretary, Michael Kenny and Paul Molloy, would like to welcome everyone to join them at this event. This is a free event and non-Macra members are more than welcome to attend. Event Proceedings will kick off at 7.45pm with refreshments afterwards.
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