Cork’s Freemount Macra took home the 2014 title of AIB Club of the Year at the Macra annual conference.
The gala awards banquet took place at the Macra Rally at the Heritage Hotel in Portlaoise, Co Laois, which was attended by members from across the country.
The contest recognises excellence in Macra clubs, and is the most prestigious accolade a club can receive.
Clubs are assessed on the planning and execution of their development strategy, involvement in the local community, as well as the participation of club members in activities at club, county, and national level.
Freemount came out top after club officers underwent a stringent interview process with a panel of adjudicators, and produced a multimedia presentation that was shown to delegates at the conference.
Meanwhile, there was also success for Glanmire Macra. The club was runner-up, while Dublin’s Hill 16 Macra was named best emerging club.
Laois member Veronica Wheatley took the award for AIB best new Macra member.The award is given to a Macra member who has made a significant contribution to the development of their club during their first year.
Macra na Feirme national president, Kieran O’Dowd, who congratulated Freemount and all those who took part said: “This competition, undertaken with the support of AIB, continues to be the standout competition for clubs and members.
“Highly competitive, the competition is a platform to highlight the high standard of leadership, both in clubs and at an individual level in the organisation.
“We are very lucky to have the support of AIB for this competition, because rewarding our clubs for their hard work is very important, and without AIB this competition would not be the success it is.”
A spokesperson for Freemount Macra said: “The last week has been one of the most memorable in our club’s history.
“Our officers, Moses Roche, Mary Anne Murphy, Sinead Guiney, Marie Murphy, and Miriam Angland gave a fantastic presentation for the Club of the Year competition to the judges on Saturday and again in the evening in front of a significant crowd of fellow members and other clubs from around the country.
The spokesperson added: “The excitement at the announcement was truly unforgettable when Freemount was revealed as Club of the Year for the second time in four years.
“This title is not just a testament to our hard working committee, but also to our fantastic members whose involvement and dedication make the club what it is.”
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