Edmond Connolly, from Aughnabroone, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Waterford, is the new Chief Executive Officer of Macra. He will take up the position vacated by Damian McDonald earlier this year. Mr Connolly, who is currently the assistant chief-executive of South Tipperary County Enterprise Board, comes from a strong farming background, both practically and professionally. While he continues to maintain a keen part-time interest in beef farming he has held a variety of professional roles in agriculture and rural development. He holds an honours degree in Agricultural Science from UCD and started his working life as Procurement Manager for a meat (lamb) export plant in Co. Wexford. He subsequently spent five years working with O’Sullivan & Company Agricultural Consultants and was a founding author of the now household Irish Farmers Handbook. He worked extensively as an agricultural consultant covering farm development and accounts, farm subsidies, capital taxation and loss adjusting. Subsequently he established a cross border enterprise agency for Waterford Leader Partnership promoting rural economic development between South East Ireland and West Wales. He also has experience in private enterprise and has spent the last five years promoting economic and rural development for South Tipperary County Enterprise Board. During this time he qualified as a Certified Public Accountant. He is currently a board member of Tipperary Energy Agency and a member of the Agricultural Science Association. Always a keen sportsman, he played senior hurling for Clonea for ten years and played rugby for Carrick-on-Suir. He is a past treasurer of Carrick-on-Suir Golf Club and enjoys a round of golf when time permits. Mr. Connolly will take up the position of Macra na Feirme chief executive after Christmas.