Macra news: Historic Capers win for Glanmire Macra

Glanmire Macra have made history by being crowned national Capers champions.
Macra news: Historic Capers win for Glanmire Macra

It’s a first for the Seandún, Co Cork club, which made the final for only the second time since it was founded in 1954.

The team’s director, Daniel O’Regan of Kinsale Macra, took best director at the event.

The club’s 20 minute-long variety show, Fliuch n’ Wet, wowed the adjudicators at the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan, Co Meath, and beat off stiff competition from five other clubs, including three from Cork. The team was worthy of the accolade, having began preparations in September.

A Rainbow team from Cavan and a team from Mountmellick Co Laois, took on Cork clubs Ballinascarthy and Kinsale from the Carbery region, Banteer who were representing Avondhu, and champions Glanmire.

Clonakilty finished as runners-up. Mountmellick Macra finished in third place.

A 30- strong delegation from Glanmire travelled to Navan for the show, including cast, crew, and supporters.

Glanmire club members Karen Cashman and Louise Devereux were nominated for the best female award and Patrick Healy was nominated for best male.

In addition, the cast’s performance of Frozen was nominated for best act.

Fliuch n’ Wet showcased the huge variety of talents on offer within the club including high-energy disco dancing and break dancing, as well as hilarious comedy and haunting a capella choral singing.

This is the second national title Glanmire Macra has won in the space of two months, as the club also took the Team Public Speaking accolade in Galway in December.

Speaking at the event, James Healy, Munster vice president, said: “Another great night at the FBD Capers competition showing Macra clubs’ talent on the stage.

“Congratulations to the winners and a special thanks to our sponsors, FBD, for their continued support.”

Other prizes presented on the night included Best Act for Lean on Me, performed by members of Ballinascarthy Macra, while the award for Best Female Performer went to AC Reynolds of Co Laois’ Mountmellick Macra,.

The Best Male Performer prize was awarded to Kieran O’Sullivan, Clonakilty Macra.

Capers is designed for clubs wishing to gain experience in producing and performing a variety show, with teams’ performances ranging from singing and dancing to drama and comedy.

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