Macra members go to the dogs for night

Macra members across the country will get the gladrags on this weekend to celebrate the ‘Racing for Macra’ night at the dogs.

Clubs have been busy selling tickets to the event which will take place on Saturday night, Nov 30, at four venues.

The fundraiser is designed to support the great work Macra clubs carry out in their local communities as well as to support the work of the national organisation.

For every €10 ticket sold by a club, it will receive €4.

In addition, €4 is retained by Macra nationally to help fund services and supports provided to members, their clubs, and their county/region.

The remaining €2 will go to the Irish Greyhound Board and the running costs of the event.

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Tom Hayes, who has responsibility for the greyhound industry, recently snapped up a ticket to the Waterford ‘Racing for Macra’ night from his local Macra in South Tipperary.

Macra national president, Kieran O’Dowd, said: “The momentum and excitement is building as clubs plan their attendance, whether they’re using it as a Christmas party night out or a county get together.

“Some clubs have been approached by former members who want to be part of the action and use it as a Macra Gathering night where they get to meet up with former members at one of the four venues across the country.”

The organisation officially launched the event at the National Ploughing Championships in September with the help of four-legged friends Maggie and Ricky.

Excitement has been building ever since, with word of the event being spread on Facebook and Twitter.

Curraheen Park will host the event in Cork, while Kilcohan Park will be the venue in Waterford. Galway and Mullingar Greyhound Stadiums will also play host to the fundraiser.

Tickets, priced at €10 cover entry, race card, entertainment and a ticket for the national draw for a chance to win €1,000 or a hotel break.

Tickets are available from Macra clubs or from the Macra national office on 01-4268900.

Check out the event pages on Facebook for more details.


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