Monday 23 September 2019

Banteer Macra end of summer field evening

John Tarrant

A planned Banteer Macra Field Evening is set to pack a mighty atmosphere on a staging in Kilcorney on Saturday, August 31, commencing at 3pm.

The event scheduled for the grounds of Healy's Bar Kilcorney promises fun for all the family. Over the years, the Banteer club has remained one of the most progressive Macra branches, with a number of outstanding successes achieved in addition to hosting a diverse range of community events. 

Ahead of the latest event, organisers are drawing up a mixed programme; from tug-o-war, stockjudging, pony rides, bouncing castles, trad music and live entertainment into the night.

Banteer Macra Chairman Kelvin O'Connor states proceeds from the event will go towards Bru Colombanus, an independent charity that provides "home from home" accommodation for relatives of seriously ill patients in any of the Cork Hospitals and Hospice.

"A family's first concern is for the health of their loved ones but consideration has also got to be given to the practicalities of their time away from home, which is often a difficult and emotional time. 

"Where people stay, how the stay is financed, are worries that can be alleviated from families accommodated in Brú Columbanus that provides ongoing support and practical help for those in genuine need", he said.

"Plans are at an advanced stage for the Field Evening, a mixed programme of events are planned in terms of competitions, novelty events and live entertainment for young and old", said Kelvin.

The Banteer club continues to hold a strong position within Macra, the success of club members in competitions has been the backbone of the flourishing Duhallow base and over the years, the club provided great leaders to Avondhu Region and the Cork County Executive.

"Although Macra has a strong agricultural background, Banteer club has proved that the organisation is open to anyone, male or female, who likes to take part and have a great time. 

"Club members have enjoyed many social events, nights out and most importantly, many long-lasting friendships that have been formed down through the years", said Kelvin.