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Volume 1, Issue 8 30/08/10

“More than just a club—it’s a faMily”

Clonakilty Chronicle

Ireland week success

Special points of interest:  Ireland week goes from strength to strength

Clonakilty Macra celebrated ‗Ireland week‘ last week.

 21st Birthday celebrations for two club members

Ireland week is held annually and promotes the benefits of holidaying in Ireland.

 AGM held and new committee in place  Donation made to local charity following Know Your Neighbour fundraisers



Timoleague Festival






Charity Donation


Picture Round up


Dates for the diary


Special guests for ‗Ireland week‘ included three Italian friends of club members Patrick and Karen McCarthy. Some of the events held for Ireland week include a cycling excursion, a trip to Lough Ine and volunteering at the Waterfront Festival in Clonakilty. Club members were volunteering at the festival each of the four nights. The gala opening of the festival held on Thursday hosted ―A Taste of West Cork‖ sponsored by Carbery, and show-

Clonakilty Macra members host international friends cased samples and canapés from some of West Corks finest and most scrumptious producers and and restaurateurs. Dublin Gospel Choir headlined on the opening night. Mundy, The Heathers and Setmaker played at the festival on the Friday.

Clonakilty Macra entered a float in the Rag which took place in the town on Saturday night at 8:30pm. The float was organised by Theresa O‘Leary and Ger O‘Donovan and went with the theme of ―Kevin O‘Regan uses fugitive money to buy chains of office‖.

Timoleague Harvest Festival antics Timoleague Harvest Festival was held from the 13th to the 22nd of August. As usual it was attended by members of Macra from throughout the west Cork region. Entertainment was provided by The Republic of Loose, The Paddies, Fred and The

Kilkennys. The festival was attended by Clon Macra members each of the nights and it proved to be highly entertaining. A trip on the merries was also one that could not be forgotten. Not everyone could stomach it and Noel ended up carrying four pints of cordial after the girls abandoned him!



Ireland week success (cont.)

“Kevin O’Regan is a good friend of the club since he has been involved in many of the local projects that the club too has been involved”

play with their float and

the smooth running of the

This was a light-hearted

the prize is to be pre-

festival on the Sunday

reference to the well-

sented to the club in the

which saw a family fun day

known local businessman

near future. Saturday

and a farmers market held

and Councillor Kevin O‘Re-

night saw 2fm‘s Jenny

in the town. The Sunday

gan who won 96fm‘s fugi-

Greene bring the Electric

night saw the end of the

tive competition earlier

Disco to Clonakilty for the

festival with CODES and

this year and in the past

Full Moon Party. Clonakilty

Aslan playing till the early

number of weeks has

Macra‘s volunteers made

hours. The Waterfront

been appointed Mayor of

up the face-painters on

Festival was a hugely suc-

Clonakilty. Kevin O‘Regan

the night. The group had

cessful event and is sure

is a good friend of the club

previous face-painting

to become an annual date

since he has been in-

experience from the Full

in the calendar for all in

volved in many of the local

Moon Party held in the

Clonakilty Macra and the

projects that the club too

Clonakilty Rugby club last

surrounding areas.

has been involved – the

summer which raised

Youth Café, Clonakilty

€15,000 in aid of the Stu-

Allotments and Spring

art Mangan Appeal.

Clean 2010 to name a

Clonakilty Macra members

few. The Clonakilty Macra

were again present to help

group came in second

Club member celebrations This past week saw the 21st birthday of two club members – Mairead Cullinane on Thursday and Edel Calnan on Sunday. Mairead‘s birthday was also a homing home party for Irene Cullinane who was in in Nepal as part of a charity dental work programme. Celebrations begun at the Cullinane house and moved to the Emmet nightclub. Edel‘s celebration begun at Mick Finns pub and moved

to Timoleague for ―The Kilkennys‖. A great night was had at both parties by a large crowd of club members. attended We wish the girls all the best in the future. A number of club members received their Leaving Certificate results during the week and we wish them all the best with their future educational endeavours.



New committee elected at AGM The Annual General

tion to be filled was

tary while Padraig Grif-

Meeting of

Chairman and this re-

fin and Mark O‘Driscoll

sulted in an election

were elected joint

between Alan Buttimer

PRO‘s. The out-going

and Edel Ronan. Alan

Chairman Padraig Grif-

O‘Donovan‘s Hotel

Buttimer was elected

fin (pictured) was pre-

in Clonakilty last

Chairman and was

sented with a token as

week. With the Chair-

quick to commiserate

a thank you for all his

with Edel. He said: ―It‘s

work over the past two

a sign of a great club

years. He was quite

when there is a contest

happy. The new com-

for positions and it‘s a

mittee were quick to

huge honour to be

get work and had an

elected as someone

immediate committee

who can lead this club,

meeting to decide the

but it will be a lot of

future of the club.

Clonakilty Macra na Feirme was held in

man Padraig Griffin, Secretary Edel Ronan and PRO Ger O‘Donovan having completed their two-year terms it was sure to be an interesting night. Carbery Macra‘s Vice-President John Kingston from Ballinascarthy Macra acted as Convenor of Elections. The first posi-

hard work to follow the work of the past committee.‖ Ger O‘Donovan was elected Club Secre-

Donation to West Cork Rapid Response A donation to the

Know Your Neighbour

Coutyard Bar in the

West Cork Rapid

events held in July –

town. West Cork Rapid

the Sandcastle compe-

Response is an emer-

tition at Inchydoney and

gency service for the

the BBQ held at the

rural area of west Cork.

Response was made by Clonakilty Macra recently. Following the AGM in O‘Donovan‘s Hotel, the 2009/10 committee presented a cheque worth €250 to Dena O‘Donovan on behalf of the charity. The money was raised during the

“The 2009/10 committee presented a cheque worth €250 to Dena O’Donovan on behalf of the charity”

Clonakilty Macra na Feirme provides a social outlet for youth in the area and all for a very reasonable price. Whether it‘s Drama or Debating, Basketball or Indoor Soccer, Ag. Affairs or Travel that interests you, Macra has it all. It is a great source of entertainment which is so vitally required in this current economic climate. The cost is just €20 for new members to join Clonakilty Macra and this provides membership until September 2011. All members can take part in any of the competitions or activities locally and regionally, nationally and internationally.

Club Contacts Alan Buttimer, Chairman Ger O’Donovan, Secretary Mary O’Donovan, Treasurer Padraig Griffin, Public Relations Mark O’Driscoll, Public Relations Newsletter Editor Call: 086-3985231 Email:

Dates for the Diary

“More than just a club —it’s a family”

Sept 6: Rally Delagate Packs on sale Sept 10: Club Officer Awards Sept 11: Club Meeting in the Courtyard 9pm Sept 17: Know Your Ag Sept 19: SFC All-Ireland final, Clonakilty Ducatalon Sept 24—26 — Club Officer Training


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