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Sunday 21 September 2014

Louise is rewarded for all her trojan work in Macra

MARIA HERLIHY

Published 27/02/2014 | 05:26

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Louise Bourke, Freemount Macra, Avondhu, Cork; guest of honour, Minister of Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD; and Macra na Feirme National President, Kieran O’Dowd at the event to recognise outstanding young leaders in the rural youth organisation, Macra na Feirme.

A DUHALLOW woman who plays a Trojan role at Freemount Macra was recognised for her work at the rural youth awards, which were held in Dublin.

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A DUHALLOW woman who plays a Trojan role at Freemount Macra was recognised for her work at the rural youth awards, which were held in Dublin.

Louise Bourke of Freemount Macra made it to the national final but narrowly missed out a top title. However, she did walk away with a certificate of merit in recognition of her leadership skills.

The national leadership awards were held at the Irish Farm Centre in Dublin. The National Leadership Awards recognise the leadership skills of Macra members within their clubs and the wider community. The competition raises the level and standard of leadership in Macra and provides an incentive for the development of club programmes.

Louise is 27 years-old and is a member of the Freemount club in the Avondhu region. From Subulter in Kanturk, she works with IRD in Newmarket.

Her enthusiasm and passion for Macra is infectious, and since joining in 2007 she has fully participated in all aspects of the organisation, having many achievements including winning the national debating competition, the national impromptu debating competition, and producer of the winning 2014 FBD Capers teams. As well as that she was second runner up in the national drama finals and runner up in the national public speaking competition.

She believes that one of the most important aspects to Macra is being immersed in the local community, and has strongly developed club and county involvement with the community and voluntary sector. Working as a Rural Development Officer in IRD Duhallow, she is passionate about supporting and increasing the quality of life and economic development of rural areas.

She told The Corkman that she was "delighted" to take part in the event. Louise is involved in the coaching and mentoring of a number of teams including this year's runners up in public speaking, and the Freemount Macra senior debating teams.

Presently, she is practising for this year's national talent competition and helping organise Freemount Macra's first ever tractor and vintage car run, which will be held on April 6, in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation.

Louise graduated from UCC with a Bachelor of Civil Law and then progressed to undertake a master's in criminal justice. She also completed a master's in management from UCD.

Guest of honour, Minister of Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD commended the work of Macra na Feirme and the young leaders throughout the country.

Corkman

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