Laois Macra na Feirme is a youth organisation for seventeen to thirty-five-year olds.
It is comprised of eight various clubs such as Camross, Clough, Durrow/Abbeyleix, East Laois, Mountmellick, Portlaoise, Rathdowney and Slieve bloom.
They have each experienced a growth in numbers and success at national level in recent years – while two of them are hoping for further awards later this month.
Mountmellick Macra na Feirme have reached the Macra na Feirme Club of the Year Final.
Mountmellick will now go forward to represent Laois on October 24 in the finals. Due to the current restrictions with Covid-19, the final will take place remotely with clubs across the country showcasing their highlights online.
Speaking about the achievement, Club Chairman Micheal Gorman thanked all club members who made this feat possible.
He said: “Reaching the finals is a huge achievement for our club and a testament to our members commitment to Mountmellick Macra. It’s an honour to represent our club and Laois in the finals.”
Club Secretary, Mairead McEvoy agreed with the Chair’s sentiments and added: “We are always looking for new members and even though it will be a different year for the club; new members are always welcome.”
The club had a very busy year with an active badminton club, taking part in a variety of Macra competitions as well as the many social activities that make up the Macra calendar.
The club ran a successful fundraiser, a 2 Act Drama; “Fortunes and Misfortunes” last November. Another highlight of the year for the club was Mountmellick Macras Annual Pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in their hall last February.
Little did the club know, it would be one of their last events before lockdown in March.
The club didn’t let that stop them, adapting to the new ways of keeping in touch, they participated in online competitons such as Macras Talent Quest, and virtual stock judging.
Last weekend, the club won the Question Time All Ireland Final. The team made up of Jennifer Dooley, Áine Delaney, Nikolaj Theusen and Aidan Moore saw off the competition to win the much sought after title.
Best New Member is a competition within Macra na Feirme presented to an individual, male or female who has recently joined a club within the organisation and has been deemed to have made a significant contribution to their club.
Emma Weston of Portlaoise Macra has made it through to the national final of Best New Member – which will also take place on October 24.
Laois Macra na Feirme offers various sporting events and competitions throughout the year such as hurling, gaeilic football, soccer and tag rugby amongst others.
Whilst catering for individuals that prefer music and drama through the national talent competitions, capers and drama. Throughout the year Macra host various social events both on local levels through clubs and county and nationally i.e Mr. Personality, Queen of the land, Blue Jeans country queen and Miss macra amongst others.
If you would like to know more about Macra na Feirme visit macra.ie or contact Laois Macra on our facebook page or Instagram page.