Macra Agri­cul­tural Skill­net’s out­stand­ing young lead­ers

Irish Examiner - Farming - - MACRA - Eoin Mccarthy

Macra Agri­cul­tural Skill­net re­cently recog­nised its out­stand­ing young lead­ers at the 2018/19 ABP Lead­ers of the Year Awards.

The win­ners were: Marie Har­nett, Water­ford City Macra. Josephine O’neill, Cal­lan Macra, Co Kilkenny Han­nah Driver, Tul­low Macra, Co Car­low

Marie Har­nett was de­lighted with her award.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to get recog­nised for all the work that we do and to be seen that highly by oth­ers. It’s a great achieve­ment”.

She is the Na­tional Trea­surer of Macra, and Water­ford’s na­tional coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive, she em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of the NCR role. “It’s the link be­tween the coun­ties and the na­tional struc­ture. It’s a voice for the coun­ties at a na­tional level, and then bring­ing back na­tional in­for­ma­tion back to coun­ties and try­ing to help de­velop the clubs within the county.”

Han­nah Driver, a Water­ford IT grad­u­ate said re­ceiv­ing the award was an hon­our.

“As I said in my in­ter­view, ev­ery­one there de­served to be there. I per­son­ally would not have been able to pick out the top three peo­ple. “Ev­ery­one was a leader in their own right, so it came down to the three judges, and it was a very tricky task for them, you knew by look­ing at the peo­ple it was a very tough top six, ev­ery­one de­served it re­ally”.

Han­nah joined Tul­low Macra aged 17 and has held nu­mer­ous club and county roles. She hopes to progress within the or­gan­i­sa­tion at a na­tional level, but not be­fore she ded­i­cates more time to her club and county.

“I’ll wait till I know my­self that the time is right to go, at the minute it’s not. I would like to get more in­volved with my club and county” Josephine O’neill has rep­re­sented Cal­lan Macra in pub­lic speak­ing and de­bat­ing. Be­ing crowned the 2018 In­ter­na­tional Miss Macra is one of her Macra high­lights. “For all of us to be recog­nised for ev­ery­thing that we do is lovely but it was also lovely that I am able to be a part of such a great club. “I didn’t win that award by my­self. I won that award with all of the peo­ple in my club and with all of the peo­ple that are in my county who worked so hard. I just hap­pened to be the per­son who got the award, so it’s re­ally nice to be part of an or­gan­i­sa­tion and to be recog­nised” she said.

The Macra Lead­er­ship award win­ners, Josephine O’neill, Han­nah Driver and Marie Har­nett, with Colm Dore of ABP and Macra Pres­i­dent James Healy.

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