Macra na Feirme has had a whirlwind start to 2021, launching a new club in Ennistymon, Co. Clare.
Clare Macra chairman, Cillian Griffey, led the launch of the newly established group on Wednesday, January 24th online via Zoom.
Macra is a national social organisation catering for 17–35-year-olds with a wide range of interests including agriculture, sports, public speaking, drama/capers, volunteer work, travel opportunities and festivals.
Macra national president, Thomas Duffy, and Munster vice-president, Sean Wallace, attended the launch.
They both congratulated everyone on getting Ennistymon Macra up and running and wished the new club committee well for the year ahead.
“Ennistymon are the first-ever club in Macra history to be launched in a virtual, online environment, and this is testament to the hard work and creativity shown by everyone involved within Clare Macra.” president Duffy said.
Lahinch resident, Ruairi McKiernan, was the guest speaker on the evening.
Ruairi is the bestselling author of Hitching for Hope and a former presidential appointee to the Council of State, and founder of the SpunOut.ie national youth information website.
He described himself as a passionate champion for active citizenship and noted his pleasure in speaking to Macra members on the night.
He outlined how community and meitheal (co-operative system of working together) have been central themes in his life. He feels Macra embodies this community spirit in terms of how clubs and counties interact while simultaneously enabling personal development.
‘Bite the bullet’
Senator and local councillor Roisin Garvey was also in attendance.
She noted how she was blown away by the scale and variety of opportunities that Macra had to offer young people in the locality and offered her assistance to the newly formed club in whatever way she can.
Newly appointed chairperson, Eoin Collins concluded: “It’s an honour for me to be elected as chairperson of Ennistymon Macra.”
“There is an excellent range of activities and opportunities available through Macra to all young adults in the locality.”
“There are significant geographic opportunities for this club in terms of the local population Ennistymon can pull in from all over North Clare, and I urge anyone thinking about joining us to just bite the bullet and go for it!”