Macra news: Limerick Rally a resounding success

Macra na Feirme national president Seán Finan has called on the Government to continue its support for the organisation’s Land Mobility Programme.
Macra news: Limerick Rally a resounding success

Mr Finan told delegates at Macra’s annual agricultural conference in Limerick that the initiative, now at the end of its pilot phase, will expand from three areas to become a national programme.

Minister of State Andrew Doyle, who also addressed delegates, said land mobility is one of the key issues in the future of agriculture.

The conference, this year titled Reaching Your Farming Potential, also welcomed rugby star Donnacha Ryan, former Young Farmer of the Year Dermot O’Connor, veterinary expert Dr Doreen Corridan, and John Concannon of JFC Manufacturing.

More than 3,000 members from across the country attended the conference weekend, better known as The Rally, which this year was hosted by Limerick Macra.

Saturday was the busiest night, with 1,110 members dancing the night away to music by Traffic.

The Limerick Rally committee was particularly delighted to welcome Laois Macra members who cycled 70 miles to the event to mark their 70th anniversary and to raise funds for the BUMBLANCE service.

A cheque was presented to Laois Macra from Limerick Macra towards their very deserving fundraiser, followed by refreshments.

The Rally was officially opened by Minister of State for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen and Limerick Macra chairperson Niall Long.

Later on Friday night, a rock-stars themed fancy dress party took place in the Radisson Blu Hotel, with music by Jackie Chan All Stars.

On Saturday morning, buses departed at 9am for a dairy farm tour to the award-winning Irish Cement Cooper Hill Farm and McDonnells in Shanagolden.

The beef/tillage tour took in the farm of Donal Scully at Banogue, Co Limerick, and then went onto Adare to the innovative agricultural company, SAMCO Machinery.

The Limerick Rally alternative tour goers were given an entertaining guided tour of Thomond Park stadium and museum. The tour continued to King Johns Castle and ended with beverages in The Curragower terrace overlooking the River Shannon.

The end of the Macra annual conference was marked with a wine reception for invited guests followed by a gala banquet dinner on Sunday night with live music by Fiesta.

Presentations were made during dinner to Aiden Liston of GVM Group and Limerick deputy mayor Noel Gleeson in recognition of their generous support in sponsoring the Limerick Rally.

Mr Finan made a presentation to Yvonne Daly, chair of the Limerick Rally organising committee.

The committee and Limerick Macra na Feirme issued a special thanks to all those who supported the event over the bank holiday weekend and helped make it a resounding success. The committee also wished Meath Macra, who will host the 2017 Rally well as they begin their preparations for the biggest event on the Macra calendar.

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