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Friday 26 April 2019

Bree are national debating champions

Bree Macra Club, Co Wexford won the Macra national debating final in Mallow.Pictured, from left, are team members:Johanna Wickham, Neil Doyle, James Healy, Macra President, Aine Doyle, and Sinead Doyle. Photo: O’Gorman Photography
Bree Macra Club, Co Wexford won the Macra national debating final in Mallow.Pictured, from left, are team members:Johanna Wickham, Neil Doyle, James Healy, Macra President, Aine Doyle, and Sinead Doyle. Photo: O’Gorman Photography

Brendan Keane

Bree macra club is celebrating this week after its members won the Macra national debating final in Mallow, Co Cork, and in doing so brought the title back to Wexford for the first time in 33 years.

The team opposed a motion that 'Macra is as relevant today as it was in 1944'.

The winning team was composed of: Johanna Wickham, Niall Doyle, Aine Doyle and Sinead Doyle.

It was a remarkable achievement for the team as they bridged the 33-year gap after they beat stiff opposition from Donoughmore macra, from Cork.

The Bree team adopted a very quirky approach to their opposition of the motion because they debated that macra is not as relevant today as it was in 1944 because it's actually 'more relevant'.

It was a brave and unusual approach to take but it paid off when they took the title in Mallow GAA club complex in front of a capacity audience.

They were joined on the night by a strong show of support from Bree which they were very appreciative of.

A spokesperson for the club described it as a 'momentous occasion for the club' as it secured its first debating title since 1986.

The links between the current team and the winning group in 1986 also increased the significance of the latest achievement.

The team of 2019 had the expert guidance of three wonderful coaches, one of whom, PJ Darcy, also coached the victorious 1986 team, while the other two coaches James and Peter Byrne were actually on the winning 1986 team.

In another twist two of this year's team are nieces of another member of the 1986 squad.

In the wake of the final Macra na Feirme national President, James Healy, said: 'This debating final was of the highest quality and was an excellent showcase of the debating skills for which Macra is famous.'

He congratulated Bree macra on the victory and paid tribute to the supporters who attended on the night in addition to the judges, presiding officer, and time keeper.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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