'The reality is that there are going to be huge changes': New Macra President gets to work
It's just over a week since James Healy was named 36th president of Macra na Feirme but he is already feeling the weight of the title on his shoulders.
Shortly after the Corkman was announced winner, by 91 votes to challenger Odile Evan's 60 votes, Mr Healy returned to his home club at Donoughmore Macra for some well deserved celebrations.
However, when a past Macra member from the area, now in his 80s, came up to shake his hand the reality of the job and responsibility ahead started to sink in.
"Celebrating at home gave me an opportunity to thank everybody for their help in the campaign but the rest of the week was spent with the start of the handover to a degree," he said.
Although the official inauguration ceremony will occur at the Macra na Feirme national AGM in Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim, on May 6, Mr Healy is already being brought up to speed on burning issues for the rural youth organisation.
"I've been having meetings with the current president Sean Finan and CEO Denis Duggan on issues they are handling at the moment, where we are, and how we are looking at them going forward.
"We're getting the foundation in place so I'm not starting cold at the agm that I'm fully up to speed and can drive on. We're aiming for as seamless a transition between myself and Sean as possible," he said.
Mr Healy, 31 who works in manufacturing, is also fully aware that he will take the reins at a very uncertain and transitional time for Irish agriculture in terms of Brexit and upcoming CAP reform.