Ramor celebrate in style after landing club of the year title
Ramor Macra, Co Cavan, took home the coveted prize of Macra Club of the Year at the ‘Make It Meath’ Macra na Feirme Royal Rally at the CityNorth Hotel and Conference Centre in Gormanston. Six clubs in all were in the running for the prize, with Ramor facing stiff competition from four Cork clubs and a club from Laois.
Clubs from across the country had been whittled down to contest a semi-final, with the top six clubs emerging from that stage contesting the national final at The Rally.
G l a n m i r e M a c r a f ro m Cork’s Seandún region; Muskerry Co Cork club Aghinagh Macra; Ballinascarthy Macra of Cork’s Carbery region; Freemount Macra from Avondhu, Co Cork; and Mountmellick Macra, Laois; faced off against Ramor at the final.
The title recognises clubs’ efforts and achievements throughout the year, and is the highest accolade a club can achieve.
A Best New Member Award was also presented as part of the competition to one individual Macra member who was deemed by his or her club to have made a significant contribution to its development during their first year of membership.
C a va n a g a i n t r i u m p h e d , with Enda Shalvey(Maudabawn) taking the accolade. Meanwhile, the Macra na Feirme/Ornua Beef and Sheep Stockjudging AllIreland finals took place on Sunday.
Prizes were awarded in three categories: Senior Beef Stockjudging, U23 Beef Stockjudging and Senior Sheep Stockjudging. Siobhan Ring Freemount, Avondhu, scooped first prize in the Senior Beef Stockjudging, while top prize in the U23 category went to Flor McCarthy Kenmare, Kerry. The Sheep Stockjudging event was won by Darrell Meehan Ballinagore, Westmeath. Runners-up in this category were Patie Looney in Kenmare in the Senior Beef Stockjudging competition; Patrick Byrne, Tullow, in the U23 Beef Stockjudging; and Caroline Kirwan, Clonoulty Rossmore in the Sheep Stockjudging. First place winners in each category won a place on the Macra na Feirme prizewinners’ trip abroad.
Club of the Year winners Ramor Macra, Cavan, with Macra national president James Healy.