The Macra na Feirme National Conference, hosted by the Muskerry Region at the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork, proved a great success and was a particularly memorable event for a member of the Innishannon Club.
Its public relations officer, Grace Corrigan, won the title of Best New Member at what is affectionately known in Macra circles at the National Rally on Saturday last. Grace came up against talented new members from Macra clubs from all over Ireland in her bid to take the title.
Since she joined Innishannon Macra just 18 months ago, she has constantly endeavoured to raise the profile of the club within the community of Innishannon, as well as the greater West Cork area. She has, in conjunction with her fellow officers, organised a number of events, including the hugely-successful ‘Mr and Miss Innishannon’ pageant held in Innishannon House Hotel during the summer.
The national adjudicating panel also took into account her role in the recently-released short film, entitled ‘Macra Girl,’ where she played the lead female role. She also holds the ‘Carbery Miss Macra’ title.
Grace hopes her success will encourage others to join Macra clubs and to take an active part. Her own club is always delighted when new members come along and, if anyone would like to join, they can do so by contacting Grace, or by coming along to the monthly meetings held in Innishannon; add them as a friend on Facebook to keep up to date with when meetings are held.
Another big success at the Rally for Cork was when the Donoughmore Macra was declared ‘Club of the Year’ – the highest accolade a club can get. Congratulations was also expressed to Muskerry Macra who were responsible for hosting this prestigious event, which was attended by hundreds of Macra members from all over the country.