‘Honner’s Army’ can help run shows

GET more young people on board, urged Macra President Thomas Honner , when he recently performed the official opening of the Cappamore, Co Limerick Golden Jubilee Agricultural Show, jointly with Donal Kelly, Munster Vice-president IFA.

The show was founded in 1954 by the local Macra members, and has become one of the leading rural agricultural shows in the country.

Getting youngsters into roles of responsibility is vital for the survival of rural agricultural shows, said Mr Honner.

He said, “Voluntary effort in the country is under pressure and we need to ensure that more young people get a taste of doing voluntary work when they are younger. That is what Macra na Feirme continues to do in this country and that is what it done in Cappamore when this show was stated 50 years ago”.

“I firmly believe that ensuring that Macra is strong in the area is the way that you can ensure that this community will get leaders in the future, and that this show will get leaders in the future to ensure the continued success of your show”, he said.

George Durnim, President Irish Shows Association, also emphasised the importance of young people becoming involved on show committees and being given their own responsibilities.

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