A number of young leaders were presented with prestigious awards by Macra Agricultural Skillnet at Newman House in Dublin on Tuesday night.
This year's six finalists were judged by a panel consisting of; Sean Eustace (Macra na Ferime Past President); Rebecca Markey (IFP Media) and Noreen Walsh (ABP Food Group).
In order to be eligible for a leadership award, from Macra na Feirme and ABP, the member must be a county officer.
Contestants are selected out of the recipients of the President’s County Leadership Award winners and go forward to the national competition.
The effects of leadership shown in increased membership, continuous and top-class programmes, and innovation in club and county activity are a major consideration in judging, according to the rural youth organisation.
The winners were:
- Úna Ryan, Dundrum Macra, South Tipperary
- Pauric Lucid, Causeway Macra, Kerry
- Roisin Lynch, Ramor Macra, Cavan
The other finalists were:
- Alan Twomey, Donoughmore Macra, Muskerry, Cork;
- Amanda Monahan, Ramor Macra, Cavan;
- Aoire Keane, Kinsalebeg Macra, Waterford.
'The best of what Macra has to offer'
Macra na Feirme National President Thomas Duffy said: “The challenges of leadership in the modern era can only be faced by well-prepared, enthusiastic and committed individuals.”
“The finalists demonstrate those traits in abundance and display the best of what Macra has to offer in terms of their leadership in their communities.”
“We are delighted to present these awards in Newman House, site of one of the first meetings which led to the founding of Macra na Feirme in 1944.”
Also on hand for the event was Minister of Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan and Noreen Walsh, ABP Retail Account Manager.
Ms. Walsh added: “ABP is delighted to be associated with the Macra na Feirme National Leadership Awards and promote young leaders as they continue to make significant contributions in their communities.”
“It is inspiring to see the enthusiasm and commitment that these young people display for Macra na Feirme and their rural communities.” she concluded.