Gala Dinner Dance for Roscommon Macra’s 70th!

The 70th anniversary of the foundation of Roscommon Macra na Feirme will be celebrated with a Dinner Dance in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon town, on February 13, with proceedings commencing at 7.30 pm.

  It promises to be a great night’s entertainment, on the eve of Valentine’s Day.

  A four-course meal will be served, while entertainment will be provided by ‘Charade’, a six-piece band, along with a DJ.

  Items of memorabilia associated with the organisation will be displayed in the hotel. This will provide past members with a chance to reminisce about their involvement with Macra.

  Macra, a voluntary organisation for young people aged between 17 and 35, has a nationwide network of clubs, with six key areas of activity: agriculture, sport, travel, public speaking, performing arts and community involvement.

  It is understood that the first Macra club in County Roscommon was formed in Athleague in 1945, the year after the national organisation was established.

  The anniversary Dinner was launched at the Abbey Hotel on Friday, January 15. Present were several Macra officials, including national president Seán Finan (a native of County Roscommon), and county councillors, including the Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr. Paddy Kilduff.

  Mr Finan said: “We are hoping that the Dinner Dance will be a very important event to bring some older members together” – adding that it will be an opportunity for people to “reminisce and talk about the times that they had in the organisation.”

  Mr. Finan added that it is hoped that the highlight of their anniversary celebrations – the upcoming function – will have the effect of recruiting new members into the future.

  Roscommon Macra has achieved wonderful success in a variety of different disciplines recently, and the forthcoming Dinner Dance will also provide an ideal opportunity to acknowledge those feats.

  Sean Doorley, the PRO of Roscommon Macra, noted that local clubs had achieved national success in Macra activities in recent times.

  “We have won male and female soccer titles; we have public speaking titles; in drama, we have had (national) success in the past.”

  Mr Doorley has been a member of Macra since 2002, with the Tarmonbarry branch. Obviously he hopes the organisation continues to flourish.

  “We would like to keep the organisation going, we’d like to have success in the future and keep members active in the county,” he said.