Freemount kicks off neighbour initiative

Macra na Feirme’s Calor Know Your Neighbour Weekend kicked off in style last Saturday, with Freemount hosting a national field day.
Freemount kicks off neighbour initiative

The flagship event, at Moses Roche’s farm, included a cooking demonstration with TV chef Catherine Fulvio, as well as entertainment for the whole community.

The Know Your Neighbour initiative, now in its 10th year, officially takes place across the country this weekend.

Also supported by The Wheel, Irish Country Living — the Irish Farmers Journal, it encourages people to get to know their neighbours.

While a packed schedule is planned for the weekend, many Macra clubs will host events all summer under the scheme’s umbrella.

Berrings Macra, Muskerry, Co Cork, hosted their event last week in Ballyshonin.

Mass was celebrated at the Mass Rock, with members providing refreshments after the service. Despite the rain, the event offered a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a ‘cuppa’ with neighbours.

Last Sunday, a family fun day took place at Mount Uniacke in Killeagh, Co Cork.

Tomorrow, at the Araglin Carnival, an Open Macra Challenge in conjunction with Mitchelstown Macra and Fermoy Macra will take place. Teams of three will complete a three part challenge including obstacle courses, picking ducks with mini diggers, and a quad bike challenge

Macra national president Seán Finan said: “Macra and Calor have played major roles in Irish communities for decades.

“This is our chance to build strong friendships with our neighbours and have some summer fun.

“I am encouraging everyone to get involved and make sure to register your event on knowyourneighbour.ie.”

Calor CEO, Tom O’Carroll, said that days like the one in Freemount “are what the initiative is all about”.

He added: “We would like to wish everyone the best of luck with their Know Your Neighbour events this weekend, and throughout the rest of the summer.”

Know Your Neighbour events can be registered on www.knowyourneighbour.ie , with packs containing t-shirts, caps, and posters up for grabs.

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