Macra cheque for Glebe Lodge

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

ON Satur­day morn­ing, mem­bers of Castleis­land District Macra, formerly known as Killeen­tierna Macra, pre­sented a cheque for €320 to Glebe Lodge res­i­den­tial fa­cil­ity.

The pre­sen­ta­tion took place in the com­pany of some res­i­dents and staff mem­bers at the Kerry Par­ents and Friends As­so­ci­a­tion cen­tre in Tul­lig, Castleis­land.

The money was raised from a cof­fee morn­ing the club re­cently held in Cur­row after Sun­day Mass.

The main peo­ple be­hind this fund-raiser were club trea­surer, Mau­rice Roche and club chair­per­son at the time, Alan O’ Con­nor.

“We de­cided to fund-raise for this cen­tre as it does an in­cred­i­ble amount of work in look­ing after peo­ple with high de­pen­dency and el­der-care needs,” said Mau­rice Roche.

Orig­i­nally there was a Castleis­land Macra Na Feirme Club in the area; this ended in 2011.

“When a new group of young peo­ple got to­gether in 2013 they de­cided to call the newly formed club Killeen­tierna Macra,” ex­plained Alan O’Con­nor the cur­rent PRO.

“Over the years our mem­ber­ship has grown well beyond the bor­ders of Killeen­tierna so we de­cided that Castleis­land District Macra was a more ap­pro­pri­ate name for the club.

“We have mem­bers from Bal­ly­ma­cel­lig­ott, Cordal, Brosna, Knock­nagoshel and from even as far as Duagh.

“A lot of peo­ple still think that Macra is an or­gan­i­sa­tion just for farm­ers, but we ac­tu­ally have more non-farm­ers than farm­ers as mem­bers.

“Some of the pro­fes­sions of peo­ple in our club in­clude: ac­coun­tants, phar­ma­cists, teach­ers and en­gi­neers. At the end of the day Macra is an or­gan­i­sa­tion for young peo­ple be­tween the ages of 17 and 35, and it’s run by young peo­ple to get young peo­ple out and about to events.

“We or­gan­ise fund-rais­ers like our cof­fee morn­ing or take part in sport­ing events like bowl­ing as well as pub­lic speak­ing or de­bat­ing com­pe­ti­tions,” Alan con­cluded.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the lo­cal Macra Club, con­tact the sec­re­tary, Chris­tine, on 087 264 8641.

Photo by John Reidy

Mem­bers of the re-branded Castleis­land District Macra Club pre­sent­ing the pro­ceeds of their cof­fee morn­ing to clients and man­age­ment of Glebe House on Satur­day morn­ing. Seated: Kath­leen O’Cal­laghan, club trea­surer Mau­rice Roche and Pat Dee. Back row: Cen­tre Man­ager Joanne Leahy, Theresa Walsh, Eileen Han­non, Chair­man Gearóid O’Shea; Sec­re­tary Chris­tine Buck­ley, and Club PRO Alan O’Con­nor.

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