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Macra members find ways to cope with lockdown

The great outdoors: Killarney Macra members enjoying a walk through a bog in Kilcummin

ALTHOUGH 2020, so far, has not allowed most people the usual opportunities to socialise, one Killarney club has been working hard to promote its community spirit and create a positive communication space for young people.

The Killarney branch of Macra na Feirme was re-established in 2016 to support the social, cultural and personal well-being of young people and adults who have a rural connection.

Since then the club has won several awards in Macra talent shows and sports events and members have enjoyed hikes, nights out, quizzes, farm visits, workshops and mystery tours.

Macra members have also dedicated many hours to charity fundraisers, such as a jive dance night. in aid of the palliative care unit of University Hospital Kerry. Club members have also organised various hikes as part of outdoor sports events in Killarney.

Macra members enjoying a night of bowling in Tralee when the Covid-19 travel restrictions allowed

Killarney Macra has been adapting to the restrictions that Covid-19 regulations have placed on its usual schedule of events by setting up imaginative online alternatives when necessary.

The events generated great engagement amongst members and activities that proved very popular included a photography competition, Zoom quizzes and game nights.

The club’s social officer, Rory O’Connor, said it has been a great opportunity to get to know more of the Killarney Macra members and keep in touch with people who members haven’t been able to meet up with.

“Over the coming months we will continue to promote interaction with other Macra groups as well has hosting games nights, quizzes, competitions and a book club,” he said.

Killarney Macra, which hosts monthly online meetings via Zoom, is open to all young people over 17 and it not restricted to those from farming backgrounds.

More information on the club can be found on their Facebook page, Instagram account or the Macra na Feirme website.

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