Macra na Feirme - Miss Macra Updates. There was a club meeting held last Wednesday, 22nd of June, where the Miss Macra 40th year Anniversary festival was discussed. The booklet launch of the Miss Macra festival will take place in Dundrum House Hotel on Thursday, 14th July. On Sunday, 17th July, the Clonoulty/Rossmore Macra club will be having a Cake Sale after Mass. It is in relation to the “Know Your Neighbour Weekend”. If you would like to find out more about the Miss Macra festival you can find us on facebook or on the Miss Macra website where there will be an itinerary of the celebrations and a price list of the tickets for each night. A 70 euro ticket is available for those who would like a weekend ticket.
Raft Building - Members of Clonoulty/Rossmore Macra met up with South Tipperary Macra clubs and the Regional Youth club from Cashel last Wednesday evening to make rafts for the “Small Ships” raft race. The race will take place in Golden on Friday, 1st July, at 5 p.m. People arrived on the scene with trailer loads of palettes, barrels, drums, ropes and even doors! It was amazing to see so much enthusiasm as all hands went on deck. There was a real sense of creativity oozing out of everyone and feelings of accomplishment as the rafts sailed freely down the river. A total of five rafts were made that evening. Great work everybody!! Another evening will be arranged to get more rafts made before Friday. All are welcome to the raft race on the 1st of July. If you would like to become a member of Clonoulty/Rossmore Macra, please contact Elaine on (087) 6461108 or Louise on (086) 1994517.
Clonoulty/Rossmore P.T.A.A. - On this First Friday, July 1st, at 8 p.m. Mass in Rossmore, the Confirmation children of Ballagh, Clonoulty and Rossmore will receive their Probation Pins and Certificates. So please take note and come along.
Connie Ryan Gathering - The 13th annual Connie Ryan Gathering which took place on 10th, 11th and 12th June was an outstanding success and one which will be long remembered. This year the Gathering took place in Holycross with St. Michael’s Centre hosting the event. Right from the playing of the first bar of music on Friday night to the playing of Amhran na BhFiann on Sunday afternoon a most enjoyable time was had by the many hundreds of devoted set dancers who attended. They came from the four corners of Ireland and from many parts of Europe also to join with us in remembering the late great Connie Ryan.
The organising committee would like to thank most sincerely all those who attended the Set Dance Festival, those who contributed in any way to the smooth running of the Gathering, to Breda and Tom Keane and to our sponsors, Stapleton’s Bakery, Roscrea and Tipperary Spring Water, Borrisoleigh. A special thank you to Fr. Tierney who put the venue and its facilities at our disposal for the weekend. St. Michael’s Centre proved a very popular choice to everyone, whether they came to dance, to listen to the music or simply to take in and enjoy the many interesting features which Holycross and its environs have to offer. The Centre, once a place of worship has been completely refurbished and can now boast being a venue worthy of hosting any event at local or national level.
Although we have barely closed the door on the 2011 festivities we have already made preliminary preparations for the staging of the 2012 Gathering which will, le cunamh De take place also in Holycross.