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Saturday 25 March 2017

Avondu region to host national AGM

Saturday May the 11th will be an historic day for the Avondhu region of Macra na Feirme as it hosts the national AGM of the organisation for the first time ever.

Saturday May the 11th will be an historic day for the Avondhu region of Macra na Feirme as it hosts the national AGM of the organisation for the first time ever.

Delegates from the 31 Macra regions nationwide will descend on Charleville in the hearth of the Golden Vale for this event which is seen as the culmination of a year's work and in the words of outgoing Macra president Alan Jagoe 'it is one of the highlights of the Macra callendar'.

Indeed for Alan it will be the final act in his two year term as National President when he hands over the chain of office to the president elect, Kieran O'Dowd on the day which is being kindly sponsored by Kerry Agribusiness.

Chairperson of Avondhu Macra Na Feirme, Mary Anne Murphy is looking forward to welcoming over 400 people to Avondhu for the night of positivity and friendship forging. For those enthusiastic members, there will be a Sunday morning trip to Ballyhass Lakes Activity centre where delegates can enjoy such activities as the leap of faith, kayaking and much more.

For more information in relation to the event or to book tickets for event, please contact Mary Anne Murphy on 087-1231429.

WANT TO JOIN MACRA?

Anyone interested in joining Macra in the Avondhu region or any other area in Cork County can contact Caitriona Fox on 0863760487 (Avondhu regional and Cork County Executive public relations officer). Caitriona can also be contacted on avondhumacra@gmail.com or pro.corkcountymacra@gmail.com. Check out Avondhu Macra and Cork Macra on facebook and twitter.

The eight clubs in the Avondhu region are Ballyhoura (covering Kildorrery, Marshalstown, Ballyorgan, Shamballymore and surrounding villages and townlands), Fermoy branch, Sliabh Luachra (Kiskeam, Boherbue areas), Banteer, Freemount, Mitchelstown and Awbeg (Buttevant, Killavuellen, Castletownroche areas).

Millstreet man to represent Muskerry at Mr. Personality Festival!

Steven O'Riordan will represent Muskerry at the 8th Annual Mr. Personality Festival which is being organised by Kilkenny Macra na Feirme and will take place from the 19th to the 20th of April in the Springhill Court Hotel.

Steven is a 28 year old Media student from Millstreet. His hobbies and interests include going to the Gym, swimming, sports, cinema, politics, theatre, social and human rights. Steven believes he will make a good representative for Muskerry because he is fun, outgoing, sociable, good team player and creative.

Tickets for the banquet can be booked by contacting Dawn in the Springhill Court Hotel on 056 7721122. On Sunday 21th April the National Volleyball Finals sponsored by the National Dairy Council will be held in The Watershed Kilkenny, making Kilkenny the place to be this weekend. Further information is available by contacting Denis Drennan on 086 8389401.

WHITECHURCH

At the recent All Ireland semi final of Macra na Feirme Amateur drama held in Tullow Co. Carlow, Whitechurch Macra na Feirme represented Seandún region with the play "One Man Down". They were directed by Eltin Griffin and the cast were Una O'Leary, Catriona O'Connor, James Linehan, Donal O'Sullivan and Michael Spillane.

Adjudicating on the night was Pat Nolan - better known as "Barry O'Hanlon" from Fair City.

Though Whitechurch were unlucky not to progress to the next round, they did come home with prizes. They received the adjudicator's award for "Best Ensemble" and Catriona O'Connor received the award for "Best Actress" for her role as Susan in the play.

Also on 13th April, another Whitechurch team competed in another semi final held in Ringaskiddy. They were unfortunate not to get to proceed any further with their play "Bobby Gould in Hell", however actor John O'Sullivan received the award for "Best Supporting Actor". They were directed by Catherine Foley and the cast was Gerard O'Reilly, John O'Sullivan, Robert O'Sullivan and Audrey O'Mahony.

Well done to all involved and best of luck to those competing in the National Finals in Roscommon 27th-28th April.

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