Presidential hopefuls kick off 10-week race to be crowned Macra's 36th leader
"It's Odile or No Deal" is a mantra set to be waxed lyrical at many upcoming Macra na Feirme events as the race for top office heats up.
Last Friday, Odile Evans of Johnstown/Coolgreany Macra on the Wicklow/Wexford border officially kicked off her campaign to be crowned the 36th president of the rural youth organisation.
She will run against Corkman James Healy in what is tipped to be a very exciting and competitive battle for votes over the next 10 weeks.
Fine Gael TD and Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle, attended Odile's launch at the Woodenbridge Hotel in the Garden Country - the oldest hotel in Ireland.
Former Macra president Thomas Honner, local Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil councillors, and a strong contingent of members from numerous Leinster-based clubs also showed support for the highly accomplished candidate.
Dressed in stately attire and glistening jewellery, the 23-year-old, who is current Leinster Vice President and National Treasurer of Macra na Feirme, told members she would "hit the ground running" if elected in April.
After joining her local club at just 17, Odile has competed in drama, farm skills, debating and indoor soccer. She represented her club in the prestigious Queen of the Land and Miss Macra competitions. The UCD ag science graduate also played a key role in Johnstown/Coolgreany claiming the 'Club of the Year' title in 2012.
The dairy farmer, and journalist with the Irish Farmers Journal, also quickly moved through various official roles from club to county level and says she "found her niche" on national council over the last two years.