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Two Laois women nominated for Macra award

Two Laois women have been nominated for a prestigious Macra na Feirme award.

Cassandra Phelan, from the Rathdowney Macra Na Feirme club, and Diane Seale, a member of Durrow/Abbeyleix Macra Na Feirme club have been chosen to represent Laois in the contest of Macra Na Feirme Best New Member.

This will take place on the October Bank Holiday weekend down in Clonmel Park Hotel.

The Best New member competition is Macra Na Feirme’s way of rewarding the new member who has made difference in their first year in the organisation and is part of Macra Annual Conference/Rally.

Cassandra Phelan became member in September 2017 in Rathdowney Macra.

She is a very active member in the club and took part in Question Time, Debating and Public Speaking and is the club PRO. She helped the club with this year’s slogan ‘Positive No Negative’ and she joined the county as development secretary and came up with mental health talks which took place this month.

She lives in the Pike of Rushall and is a trained preschool teacher, working in Dunnes Stores in the Kyle Centre in Portlaoise.

Diane Seale is a graphic designer and marketer originally from the outskirts of Durrow, but is no living in Waterford.

Diane joined Macra in November 2017 and since joining she has been a very active member with the Durrow/Abbeyleix Macra club.

Currently, Diane is the assistant Treasurer and PRO for her club. Additionally, Diane enjoys the sports competitions and the social events including fundraisers, Queen of the land and Mr. Personality just to name a few.

Both Rathdowney, Durrow/Abbeyleix and Laois Macra would like to say well done to both of individuals and that they are very proud of them and wish both of them best of luck.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.