Gene Yore talks to Togher Macra na Feirme
TOGHER Macra na Feirme club has been flourishing since it was re-established three years ago.
Their most recent success was the highly popular Today FM Shave or Dye Night in Sláns pub Annagassan.
Fourteen brave volunteers from Sláns and Togher Macra na Feirme stepped up to the chair and had their heads shaved and dyed in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.
“Altogether we managed to raise €4,568,” said club PRO Ailbhe Rogers who is also the Macra PRO for county Louth
“This was an amazing achievement so well done to everyone who sponsored or donated money. That money is going towards a very worthy cause.
“We would also like to thank David McAfee for orgainising the event, everyone who helped on the night and Sláns pub for the music and finger food afterwards. It was a brilliant night!
“We also organised a day out at the races at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday for Togher Macra and friends.
“It too was an enjoyable day for all but many of us came home with our pockets feeling considerably lighter!
“We’d like to thank JF Travel for driving us around in style!
“Togher Macra has three contestants taking part in the semi-finals of the Macra na Feirme national talent competition. Nicholas Butterly, Rory O’Neill and myself.
“The competition is taking place on Saturday 5 May at the Community Centre Summerhill in county Meath.
“There are eight categories that cover a broad range of talents and entrants may take part in only one category. These include disco dancing, solo instrumental music, novelty act, solo singing, mastermind, set dancing, comedy and ballad group.
“This is the first time that Togher Macra has entered this competition so we hope to make a big impression,” said Ailbhe.
There are five macra clubs in Louth: Togher, Terminfeckin, Tullyallen, Stabannon and 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 Ailbhe.
“Colm Markey from Togher, who is now a county councillor, was a national president.
“He laid down the footwork for us all.”
And Louth Macra has just been commended 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 last Togher’s Nicholas Butterly won the ‘AIB Best New Macra Member’ category.