DEREK Reynolds is Louth Macra na Feirme President. He has also taken on the role of Louth County PRO and at the moment things are very busy for the organisation in Louth.
They have just recently held the national final of impromptu debating.
This was held at Teach Raithneach Community Hall, Strinagh, Collon and the competitors included
Clodagh Macra North Tipperary, Ramor Macra, Cavan, Freemont Macra, Cork and Killbugh Macra, Offaly.
There were three entertaining tough topical debates. The winners on the night were Freemount Macra county Cork and best speaker on the night was awarded to Kaye Duffy from Ramor Macra county Cavan.
There are five Macra clubs in Louth: Togher, Terminfeckin, Tullyallen, Stabannon and Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT).
It is not exclusively for farmers. The members, who range from 17 to 35, come from all sections of county life and are part of probably the best social networking group in the country.
They take part in sporting activities, public speaking, drama and the arts, and travel.
“Louth is holding its own when you look at Macra from a national point of view,” said Togher Macra member Ailbhe Rogers the former Macra PRO for county Louth.
“Colm Markey from Togher, who is now a county councillor, was a national president.
“Colm laid down the footwork for us all.”
Louth Macra accolades include a commendation by AIB for their contribution to the development of the county’s rural communities.
The AIB Club of the Year competition also recognises those clubs who have a high level of involvement in their local community and those who participate in a variety of activities at club, county and national level.
Louth Macra did very well at the AIB Club of the Year competition when Togher’s Nicholas Butterly won the ‘AIB Best New Macra Member’ category.
Togher Macra na Feirme club has been flourishing since it was re-established three years ago.
Their successes include a Shave or Dye Night in Sláns pub Annagassan which raised €4,568 for the Irish Cancer Society.
Togher Macra members have also reached the semi-finals of the Macra na Feirme national talent competition.
And the newly formed Fane Bridge Macra are holding a launch night on Friday 2 November at 9 pm at Cluskey’s Restaurant and Bar, Little Ash, Knockbridge.
They will hold a table quiz on the night. The entry is €20 for a team of four .
There will be a cash prize of €100 euro for the winning team with loads of runners up and raffle prizes to be won on the night.
Refreshments will be served. For more information on the quiz or joining the new Macra club check out Fane Bridge Macra on Facebook or phone 087 - 7958622.