AT an exciting Blue Jean Country Queen Festival, Macra na Feirme launched the 2012 AIB Club of the Year competition last weekend. The competition was launched by Dr Anne Finnegan, AIB, and Macra na Feirme national president Alan Jagoe, with the help of the Tipperary regional Blue Jean Country Queens.
The AIB Club of the Year is a prestigious competition run by Macra na Feirme which awards the most dynamic and active Macra clubs in the country. Six clubs are selected to go forward to the national final, which will take place at this year’s annual conference in Waterford over the October bank holiday weekend.
Mr Jagoe said: “Clubs are the cornerstone of Macra within communities throughout Ireland. Macra is delighted to be able to recognise the best Macra clubs throughout the country with AIB’s support. Macra’s individual members and clubs are the reasons for the organisations success and it is important to recognise the hard work and effort put in. I encourage all clubs irrespective of their size to fill out the entry forms and get involved in the competition”.
Dr Finnegan said: “AIB are delighted to sponsor the AIB / Macra na Feirme Club of the Year Competition. This competition highlights the real and very meaningful contribution that Macra clubs and individual Macra members make to Irish communities. The standard of the competition continues to increase each year and this is a testament to the work, commitment and efforts of the individual Macra clubs. We look forward to continuing the successful partnership we have developed with Macra na Feirme into the future.”
The AIB Best New Macra Member Award will also be presented as part of the Club of the Year competition to one individual Macra member who is deemed by his / her club to have made a significant contribution to the development of the club during their first year of membership.
Best Emerging Club was a new category introduced to the competition last year and is specifically for new and emerging Macra clubs. The Best Emerging Club award has been designed to acknowledge the achievements of newly established Macra clubs. Macra clubs established after the 1st of November 2010 will be considered for the new award this year.
Application forms have been distributed to clubs who can submit their applications directly to Macra national office. To request a form please call 01-4268900 or go to the download section of www.macra.ie