Castleisland District Macra Club Cheque for Glebe Lodge

Members of the re-branded Castleisland District Macra Club presenting the proceeds of their coffee morning to clients and management of Glebe House, Castleisland on Saturday morning. Seated: Kathleen O’Callaghan, Maurice Roche, club treasurer and Pat Dee. Back row: Joanne Leahy, centre manager; Theresa Walsh, Eileen Hannon, Gearóid O’Shea, club chairman; Christine Buckley, club secretary and Alan O’Connor, club PRO. ©Photograph: John Reidy

On Saturday morning, members of Castleisland District Macra, formerly known as Killeentierna Macra, presented a cheque for €320 to Glebe Lodge residential facility.

The presentation took place in the company of some residents and staff members at the Kerry Parents and Friends Association centre in Tullig, Castleisland.

Coffee Morning Proceeds

The money was raised from a coffee morning the club recently held in Currow after Sunday mass.

The main people behind this fundraiser was club treasurer, Maurice Roche and club chairperson at the time, Alan O’ Connor.

“We decided to fundraise for this centre as it does an incredible amount of work in looking after people with high dependency and eldercare needs,” said Maurice Roche.

Name Change for Club – It’s not Just for Farmers

Originally there was a Castleisland Macra Na Feirme Club in the area which ended in 2011.

“When a new group of young people got together in 2013 they decided to call the newly formed club Killeentierna Macra,” explained Alan O’Connor the current PRO.

“Over the years our membership has grown well beyond the borders of Killeentierna so we decided that Castleisland District Macra was a more appropriate name for the club.

“We have members from Ballymacelligott, Cordal, Brosna, Knocknagoshel and from even as far as Duagh.

More Non Farmers

“A lot of people still think that Macra is an organisation just for farmers but we actually have more non-farmers than farmers as members.

“Some of the professions of people in our club include: accountants, pharmacists, teachers and engineers.

“At the end of the day Macra is an organisation for young people between the ages of 17 and 35 and it’s run by young people to get young people out and about to events.

Fundraisers and Sports

“We organise fundraisers like our coffee morning or take part in sporting events like bowling as well as public speaking or debating competitions,” Alan concluded.

For more information on your local Castleisland District Macra Club contact Secretary Christine on 087 26 48 641.

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