Local Macra na Feirme branches in Truagh, Donagh and Ardaghey were all set up 30 years ago in the next few weeks. Although there is currently no reunion event planned, this is a very significant birthday for one of the best and most progressive young peoples community group. Macra was set up primarily to target people of agricultural background but it has evolved to much more than that. Macra today has members from all walks of life, and while it still has emphasis on agricultural affairs, it now also places equal emphasis on sport, travel, public speaking, performing arts and community involvement. Currently there is also a very active Macra branch in Tydavnet, drawing members from all the surrounding areas, and with members participating in county and national events, as well as local charity fundraising activities. With emigration decimating many rural communities across the region, social outlets like Macra for isolated individuals have become more vital than ever.

Macra na Feirme nationally will celebrate 75 years in existence next year. Established in 1944 by a group of agricultural science teachers, the ethos of Macra today is very similar to its beginnings – providing a social outlet and a chance for personal development. A significant difference is that it’s no longer solely focused on young farmers – Macra is an organisation for everyone. Macra’s work is divided into six key areas of activity, agriculture, sports, travel, public speaking, community involvement and performing arts. In Macra, there’s something for everyone. Members also benefit from a variety of discounts including 15% off car insurance for young drivers with FBD, €300 off first year services with IFAC and the student fare on Bus Eireann services. Membership starts at only €20. So, if its friendship, fun, competitions, public speaking, community involvement, travel or agriculture that you’re looking for in 2016, then look no further than your local Macra club.