Macra elects first non-farmer president

Barrister and accountant Kieran O’Dowd has been elected as the 34th president of Macra na Feirme, the first ever non-farmer to hold the office and Sligo’s first national president.

Macra elects first non-farmer president

A native of Gurteen, he intends to devote himself full-time to promoting Ireland’s young farmers for the next two years. This will mean giving up his current roles as a barrister on the Midlands circuit and part-time PR manager for the Michael Coleman Heritage Centre.

The many letters after his name signify his finance degree from IT Sligo, two post-grad diplomas in finance and accounting from DIT, and a diploma in legal studies from Kings’ Inns, which he completed while working full-time as a fund accountant.

He has also squeezed in working in the family business, O’Dowd Farm Machinery and Car Sales, as well as a stint as an accounts assistant in Tynan Dillon & Co Chartered Accountants Ballyhaunis, Mayo. He was called to the bar in 2008.

He has also served in a dizzying list of Macra committees and Gurteen groups such as Comhaltas Ceoltoiri, Gurteen Games Co, Ceolaras, the local development association, Agri Show, IFA branch, and the local summer festival.

Kieran is married to Caroline Marren, who he met at a Macra County Dinner Dance in 2008. The couple wed in Jul 2010. Caroline is an active member of Macra in Sligo, the chairwoman of the South Sligo Club, and Co Sligo PR officer.

The three new regional vice-presidents are: Sean Finan, Castlerea Macra, Co Roscommon (North-West); Paddy Delaney, Portlaoise Macra (Leinster); and James Healy, Donoughmore Macra, Cork (Munster).

All new appointees will take up their positions at Macra’s AGM on May 11, in Charleville, Co Cork.

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