Freemount Macra com­pletes hat-trick

Irish Examiner - Farming - - MACRA -

Freemount Macra Club won the best over­all club in the coun­try at the an­nual Macra Rally which was held at the Clon­mel Park Ho­tel, Co Tip­per­ary, last week­end. Freemount Macra con­tinue to dom­i­nate this com­pe­ti­tion. It is the third time that they have won Club of the Year since the start of the decade, hav­ing pre­vi­ously won this pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion in 2011/2012 and 2014/2015. They were also run­ner-up in 2012 and 2017.

Cork clubs dom­i­nated the fi­nal with Donough­more Macra and Glan­mire Macre fin­ish­ing joint sec­ond. Freemount Macra is ex­tremely ac­tive in their com­mu­nity. They hosted their fifth an­nual Trac­tor Run on the 12th April last and raised €5,500 in aid of Tem­ple Street and Mary­mount Hos­pice.

“It was a great com­mu­nity event. 150 trac­tors turned up for the oc­ca­sion and many peo­ple gen­er­ously con­trib­uted on the day. The trac­tor buns were a big hit along with the end­less cups of tea and cof­fee. A large num­ber of club mem­bers turned out on the day,” said club chair­per­son Eileen Mur­phy.

They also held a quiz last Fe­bru­ary to raise funds for lo­cal com­mu­nity groups such as Comhal­tas and Lis­mire Hall. Freemount Macra have been ac­tive in all key ar­eas of Macra, which in­clude Com­mu­nity, Travel, Agri­cul­ture, Pub­lic Speak­ing and So­cial. They had many high­lights through­out the year, in­clud­ing reach­ing the fi­nals of nu­mer­ous Na­tional Com­pe­ti­tions over the past year. Siob­han Ring won the Na­tional Fi­nal of Beef Stock Judg­ing. They were also Na­tional fi­nal­ists in Drama, Bas­ket­ball, Ca­pers and the Know Your Ag Quiz. They came sec­ond in the Na­tional fi­nal of Ca­pers and Na­tional Fi­nal of Drama. Speak­ing to the Ir­ish Ex­am­iner, Eileen Mur­phy ex­pressed her de­light to bring the cup back to Freemount.

“It was a great honor for Freemount Macra to bring home the club of the year ti­tle. Win­ning this award would not have been pos­si­ble with­out our out­stand­ing bunch of club mem­bers. Freemount Macra pre­vi­ously won the ti­tle in 2011 and 2014 and were run­ner­sup in 2012 and 2017. We are very grate­ful and de­lighted to have the cup back in Freemount.” Freemount Macra was founded in 1962 and cel­e­brated their Golden Ju­bilee in 2012.

Mem­bers of Freemount Macra, in Avondhu, Co Cork, 2018 Macra na Feirme Club of the Year, with Macra pres­i­dent James Healy.

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