Groups eye Club of the Year accolade

Three Cork clubs are in the running to scoop this year’s prestigious Macra AIB Club of the Year title.

The title recognises Macra clubs’ achievements throughout the year, and is the highest accolade a club can achieve.

In all, 14 clubs have been shortlisted to go through to the national semi-final later this month.

Freemount Macra and Ballyhoura Macra from the Avondhu region, and Glanmire Macra of the Seandún region, will represent the Rebel County.

They will all be hoping to follow in the footsteps of reigning champions, Berrings Macra, from the Muskerry region. The club was established in 1957 and came out on 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.

Also making the top-14 are Devils Bit Macra from North Tipperary, Limerick’s Estuary Macra, and Cappoquin Macra and Waterford City Macra.

Seven clubs will emerge from the semi-finals to go on to the national final which will take place at the Macra na Feirme annual conference in the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise on October 25.

Clubs are assessed on the planning and execution of their development strategy, involvement in the local community, and the participation of club members in activities at club, county, and national level.

Commending the thousands of Macra members who make huge efforts to improve their clubs and communities, Macra national president, Kieran O’Dowd, highlighted the importance of the contest: “The efforts of young people should be recognised and encouraged. Macra clubs take great pride in being cornerstones of their communities.”

Anne Finnegan of AIB said: “AIB are delighted to continue our association with the AIB/Macra na Feirme Club of the Year Competition.

“The competition provides Macra clubs and their members the platform to showcase the real and significant contribution they make to both rural and urban communities throughout the country, and we are delighted to recognise this contribution”.

The ‘AIB Best New Member’ award will also be presented to one Macra member who is deemed to have made a significant contribution to the development of their club during their first year of membership.

An ‘AIB Best Emerging Club’ award will also be presented. The award has been designed to acknowledge the achievements of newly-established Macra clubs.


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