Tuesday 23 April 2019

Eamon aims high in Macra election bid

Alison Comyn

He has won numerous awards since joining Termonfeckin Macra just six years ago, and now chairman of the local branch Eamon Briscoe is hoping to share his talents on a national stage.

The Monasterboice farrier, suckler farmer and horse breeder is running for the Vice President of Macra in Leinster, and says joining Macra back in 2013 was one of the best decisions that he ever made.

"I have experienced first-hand the huge benefits that being a member provides, helping me develop as an individual and providing invaluable opportunities and lasting friendships," says the Sillogue man.

"In seeking this position, the core of my vision is to support, develop and service the members, clubs and counties of Leinster. Macra is a very encouraging environment for people to try out and embrace new opportunities but fear can be a huge barrier for people. For Macra to remain relevant and vibrant, we need strong participation and active members, for our clubs, counties and Leinster to thrive. If we have active members and clubs, we will have strong counties and a strong Leinster."

Termonfeckin Macra is one of the most active in Leinster, and recently marked 70 years since its foundation with a celebratory bash in Drumshallon Forge.

There are currently around 25 members in the branch and members range from 17 to 35 and over, with activities from public speaking to variety shows to suit all ages and tastes.

Eamon has been on the organising committee of most of the events in the branch since he joined as well as charity and community involvement like the Monasterboice Fun Run to raise funds for local defibrillator services and Shave or Dye in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

"Macra is our organisation," adds Eamon. "I am seeking the opportunity to work over the next two years to make this vision a reality. I have no doubt that with the members of clubs and counties in Leinster working together, we can achieve anything.

Eamon's main goals are to address declining participation and membership at club and county level by fostering active participation within clubs and counties, meetings and social activities (including travel), competitions, community involvement and practical support in the recruitment and retention of members.

If you are interested in learning more about Termonfeckin Macra simply like and contact the Macra Tearmann Feichin Facebook page or contact Aoife on 087 6262197.

Drogheda Independent