Saturday 23 March 2019

Sean confirmed as Macra leader at awards

Donoughmore’s Sean Wallace at the Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin for the Macra Skillnet Leadership Awards
Donoughmore’s Sean Wallace at the Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin for the Macra Skillnet Leadership Awards

The outstanding achievements and leaderships skills of a young man from Donoughmore have been recognised through a prestigious accolade bestowed on him by Macra na Feirme.

Sean Wallace, a member of Donoughmore Macra, one of just three recipients of the 2018 Macra National Leadership Award, was presented with his winning trophy at the Macra/ABP National Leadership Awards held in Dublin this week.

The National Leadership Awards recognise the leadership skills of Macra members within their clubs and the wider community. Its aim is to raise the level and standard of leadership within the organisation and provide an incentive for the future development of club initiatives.

Speaking at the awards Macra national president James Healy congratulated Sean and the other two winners, Sarah Condren and Jennifer Hall from Wicklow.

"Our National Chair Eamon Cassells brought the very first NLA handed out by Macra with him tonight. Back in 1983 it was awarded to his father so it shows the longevity of these awards and their importance," said Mr Healy.

"They continue to recognise the future leaders of our communities," he added.

Since joining Donoughmore Macra in 2010 Seán, a software engineer, has been actively involved in Macra at club, county and national levels.

He was club secretary when Donoughmore won their first Club of the Year title in 2015, has served as a national council representative for Muskerry for the past three years and was national secretary in 2016 & 2017.

Last year he also represented Macra at the AGM of the English National Federation of Young Clubs.

Delivering the keynote speech at the awards ceremony Newstalk presenter Bobby Kerr said Séan, the other two winners and the four runners-up epitomised what it was to be a leader.

"Leadership is about getting stuck in, changing your style as challenges and circumstances change and keeping it simple because being a good leader is not about making things complicated," said Mr Kerr.