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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Who will be the next Macra president?

Macra na Feirme has confirmed the names of those who have thrown their hats in the ring for the 2021 election.

The rural youth organisation confirmed that the 38th presidential and vice-presidential nomination process is now complete.

Candidates for national president
  • John Keane, North Tipperary
  • Daniel Long, South Tipperary
Leinster vice-president candidates
  • Claire Gough, Meath
Munster vice-president candidate
  • Áine McCarthy, Imokilly, Cork
  • Elaine Houlihan, Limerick
North-west vice president candidates
  • Luna Orofiamma, Cavan
Macra 2021 election

Each candidate will be profiled in the Macra na Feirme election booklet which will be available on the Macra na Feirme Website next week.

The election will take place in the Irish Farm Centre in Dublin on Wednesday, April 7th.

Elected candidates will take up office at the Macra AGM. Ballot papers will be issued on Wednesday, March 17th. The deadline for ballots is 1pm on April 7th.

Virtual hustings

A series of hustings will take place virtually on Zoom starting next week. Registration links will be available on Macra na Feirme’s website.

  • Wednesday, March 10th – Leinster;
  • Friday, March 12th – Northwest;
  • Monday, March 15th – Munster;
  • Friday, March 19th – Leinster;
  • Monday, March 22nd – Northwest;
  • Wednesday, March 24th – Munster.
About Macra na Feirme

The rural youth organisation is a “thriving community” representing 10,000 young 17-35-years-old from 170 clubs in rural Ireland. It says it advocates for, nurture and develops members in a “fun, inclusive and supportive” environment.

The mission of Macra na Feirme is to contribute to the sustainable development of rural communities in Ireland by:

  • Supporting the social, economic, cultural, personal development and well-being of young people who have a rural connection, including young farmers.
  • Representing their interests in the development and implementation of relevant policies, products, programmes, and services at national, regional and local levels and by advocating on their behalf.
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