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In the spirit of the Gathering, Cavan Macra are organising a reunion for all past Macra members on Saturday 14th September in the Hotel Kilmore. The current committee are creating a subcommittee under Naomi McElwaine to help with the organisation of this event. We are looking to make contact with past members from all years so please contact us. If you, or any one you know, past or current Cavan Macra member would like to get involved please contact Naomi at 087 949 3736.

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Kings & Queens 2013 Cavan are well represented by two Ramor Macra members This years Kings and Queens event was held on Saturday last in the Sligo Park Hotel. There was a great turnout from our Cavan clubs. Well done to our Ramor Macra king and queen, Patrick Conaty and Una McDonnell who did fabulous on the night.

the title went to the Sligo queen and the Leitrim king. Congratulations to all involved, it was a great nights entertainment. Special congratulations to our own Olive Hannigan who

worked tirelessly as North West PRO and Catherine McCollum for all her work as North West Secretary. Well done to all especially to those that travelled to Sligo to support them

Cavan support for Patrick and Una in the Sligo Park Hotel 2013

Patrick followed his brothers footsteps after last years competition. After tough competition,

FSAI Testing Must Continue To Protect Food Industry Macra na Feirme National president, Alan Jagoe, has expressed concern at the FSAI findings of horse DNA con-

tamination of beef burgers. The findings, while they do not pose any food safety risk to consumers, must be investigated thoroughly to reassure consumers. Mr. Jagoe said, “The findings must be investigated fully and every effort must be made to highlight the

high standards of production and traceability which Irish farmers operate within. This pioneering technology for DNA testing of meat proves that Ireland is very serious about protecting its food reputation. Consumers should take comfort from this.�



Cavan Macra Queen of the Land Naomi McElwaine… looking well!

Profiles Cavan Macra news will be running short profiles on current and past Macra members in the coming weeks in line with the Gathering event. If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in answering a few short questions for us please contact Kaye at 086 8533135 or email cavanmacra@gmail. com or make contact on facebook or twitter.

Macra visits Ethiopa Two members of Macra na Feirme are due to visit Ethiopia later this month. Joseph Wall from Mullinavat, Co. Kilkenny and a member of Mullinvat Macra and Teresa Brennan from Ballylinan in Co. Laois and a member of East Laois Macra have both won a bursary from the Joe Rea Bursary fund to visit Vita’s Potato Centre of Excellence in the Gama Zofa region of southern Ethiopia. Both members are making

final preparations for travel including visa arrangements and vaccinations. The members will prepare a report on the project with recommendations on how Macra could support the Vita project in Ethiopia. Under the Vita Potato Scheme, local farmers can take out a ‘loan’ of a bag of seed potatoes that can be returned the following year alongside a donation of another bag. In such a way, it is hoped that farmers will be provided with

seed for years to come and that millions of people will be reliably fed. The Joe Rea bursary fund was established by the family of the late Joe Rea, Richard Rea Agri Ltd, Agricultural Consultants and the Farm Apprenticeship Board. Joe Rea was a lifetime supporter of Macra, rising through the organisation to become national president from 1967 to 1969.

Upcoming Events County round of Question Time is on this Friday 8th February in the Shantully Inn. Contact us on facebook for more information or Mick at 087 7792414 Treble R Macra are celebrating 30 years so they are throwing a Party! Their Spring Ball will be held in the







under the Spring Ball tab you can buy your ticket through PayPal. You can also contact Doreen Ka-

ward to seeing you on the night! For more information on Cavan Macra find us on Facebook, Twitter and have a look at our monthly newsletter online at

vanagh (087 7942663) directly for ticket sales. They're looking for-

O’Callaghan Davenport Hotel, Dublin 2 on Saturday 23rd February, it will include a 4 course dinner & dancing till the late hours. Tickets cost

Cavan Macra Officers Chair—Steven Drury Phone: 086 150 0258 Sec—Caitriona Conaty Phone: 087 770 8331 Treasurer - Paddy Conaty Phone: 087 900 4059 PRO—Kaye Duffy Phone: 086 853 3135 Development—Noelene Sharkey Phone: 087 2234050

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Young Farmers—Thomas Duffy Phone: 086 893 7618 Competitions—Noeleen Kellett Phone: 087 932 1957 Competitions-Declan Conaty Phone: 087 055 8376 NCR—Grainne O’Reilly Phone: 085 7752618 For more info find us on facebook and twitter….!

Cavan Macra Newslettter Vol 1 Issue 3 Jan 2013  

January 2013 newsletter including North West Kings and Queens