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Drastic changes needed to secure the future viability of rural Clare

Rural Clare is on the verge of collapse and, unless urgent action is taken, the current generation of rural Clare people will be the last one raised outside of towns and cities. That is the message that Clare Macra will be presenting to politicians this Friday night at a special lobbying event which takes place in Ennis. The Chairperson of Clare Macra, Caitríona Power, says that the difficulty of securing a home in rural Ireland is driving young people away and scores of Clare Macra members have been forced to emigrate in recent years. “There are a lot of things which are forcing young people to move into towns and cities or to go abroad. Rural Ireland is dead really. Our members say that Macra is the only social outlet available to them,” she told The Clare Champion. “One of our members was looking to rent an apartment in Limerick City and it was €1,000 a month. That was only …

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Andrew represents Clare in Macra Mr Personality final

A NATIVE of Cross, Andrew Naughton will represent Clare at the 15th Annual Mr. Personality Festival. The competition is being organised by Kilkenny County Macra na Feirme and takes place from April 8-10 at the Springhill Court Hotel. Andrew, 23, is an active member of Kilrush Macra na Feirme and has a keen interest in sports, including football and rugby, while he is also interested in farming and Star Wars.  Andrew teaches at Pallaskenry Agricultural College and he said he is really looking forward to this week’s activities, particularly as life has been so constrained over the last couple of years. On deciding to go forward in the first place, he said, “I know one or two of the other entrants, I know the Limerick one from work and we decided that we’d go to it.” He was in the Clare finals earlier this year, when he was selected to represent the Banner in the All Ireland. “It was grand, …

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Melody hits high note as Clare Macra Young Farmer of the Year

IT was music to the ears of Bunratty farmer Joe Melody to discover that he has been named Clare Macra Young Farmer of the Year. Having come on top at the county rounds, Joe will now go on to represent Clare in the 2020 Macra na Feirme FBD Young Farmer of the Year competition. Joe runs both a dairy and beef enterprise. The Clare native milks a herd of 139 Holstein-cross British Friesian cows, along with a pedigree herd of Charolais and Limousin cows. In 2015, Joe was milking 75 cows and since then have expanded and are now milking 139 cows; however, the hope is to go further again and milk around 160-170 cows in the near future. Explaining the expansion of the dairy enterprise over the last few years, Joe said, “We bought a lot of breeding stock, from a local farmer, such as in-calf cows and heifers, as well as breeding our own replacements. At the moment, …

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