Recalling Cashel Macra’s Rodeo

Four decades of memories and stories will be part of a great night planned for Cashel Macra members of the past together with ex Macra friends from neighbouring branches on the lst November in Hálla na Féile.

Four decades of memories and stories will be part of a great night planned for Cashel Macra members of the past together with ex Macra friends from neighbouring branches on the lst November in Hálla na Féile.

One abiding memory for many is the audacious venture embarked on as a side event for the Field Evening during the early 1970’s. The Rodeo Show involving ten or twelve wild horses and countless daring would-be cowboys was held in the Mart and drew thousands of spectators (health and safety was obviously not such a big issue!) This, most likely, had been the brainchild of some of members who had travelled to the United States on an exchange visit with the 4H Clubs (an equivalent organisation to Macra).

In the late 1940’s the branch was set up with the help of Roger Crowe, Rural Science Teacher at Cashel Vocational School. During the early years, lectures were also given by the Chief Agricultural Officer of South Tipperary, Dave Hurley. While many of those members have died, it is hoped that there will be a good representation from that period at the gathering in Hálla na Féile.

The revival of the branch in the late 1960’s had as its high point the winning of the National Debating competition. The winning team members were Patrick O’Donnell, leader, Dan Ryan, Bridget Meagher and Seamus Hayes.

Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.