What is Macra na Feirme? If someone had asked me this question five years ago I wouldn’t have been able to answer or at least give an accurate answer! All that changed four years ago when myself and a friend attended a Macra na Feirme social and our views on Macra changed forever.
As the weeks moved on after that social, I learned to my great surprise that there was a Macra club in Galway City so I decided to go along to one of the meetings, where I was pleased to discover what Macra has to offer and all the activities that a member can participate in. To my surprise I found out that it’s not all about farming! It’s a social organisation aimed at people between the ages of 17-35 which encourages social interaction and promotes personal development.
One of the best things about Macra is the fantastic people you get to meet, from a club level to a national level. It really does broaden your social circle – ask any Macra member! One of the first events I attended was the Queen of the Land festival in Tullamore and it was by far one of the best nights out I’ve ever had! A group of us from the Galway City Macra club headed up and met so many different people from different Macra clubs around the country; the craic we had was mighty!
Any Macra social night I’ve attended since then has followed in the same vein. From the Northwest Kings and Queens event in Rooskey, to the Miss Blue Jeans festival in Meath and the National Rally held in Carlow this year, you’re guaranteed a great night out!
We even got in on the act ourselves this year, when our club along with the other Galway Macra clubs hosted a Mr and Mrs Culchie event in the Salthill Hotel. It was a brilliant night out with a unique ‘culchie’ theme to it that attracted Macra clubs from all over Ireland.
Since joining the Galway City Macra club, myself and a few of my friends have participated in events that we would never have been involved in had we not joined the club. One of the most enjoyable experiences that I’ve had was taking part in a National Talent Novelty Act competition where we performed a skit of the Vincent Browne show, altered to our own particular sense of humour, which went down very well!
We’ve competed at various venues throughout Ireland in comedy events, drama, public speaking, indoor soccer, tag rugby, basketball, seven-a-side football…the list goes on. From my experience in Macra, one of its most appealing aspects is that there is something for everybody. No matter what you’re into, you’ll find something to suit you.
Our club meets fortnightly to talk about upcoming events and activities and generally every week to play sport. We try to make the most of the facilities that Galway City has to offer, going bowling, to the cinema or the greyhound track.
Macra is a fantastic organisation with so much to offer. It’s given me many happy memories and experiences over the last few years with hopefully plenty more to come!
If you’re interested in joining Galway City Macra find the club on Facebook at ‘galwaycitymacra’ or contact 087-1511880.
A ‘Racing for Macra’ national fundraiser event will take place in Galway Greyhound Stadium on Saturday 30 November, starting at 7pm. The event is open to everyone and entry is €10.