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MOVING ONLINE: Killarney Macra members, pictured enjoying a walk in Kilcummin before the Level 5 restrictions, are continuing their interactions online.

By Michelle Crean

COVID may have put a halt to their many meet ups but Killarney Macra members are continuing their interactions - albeit online for now.

Whilst 2020, so far, has not granted most people the usual opportunities to socialise, the 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 and was created to support the social, cultural and personal well-being of young people and adults who have a rural connection. Since then the club has gone from strength to strength, winning many awards in Macra hosted talent shows and sports events. Hikes, nights out, quizzes, farm visits, workshops and mystery tours are just some of the brilliant activities that have taken place over the years. Members have also dedicated many hours to organising and holding charity fundraisers, such as a jive dance night in 2019, in aid of the palliative care unit in University Hospital Kerry.

During the summer, the club organised various hikes in the county, such as Torc and Kilcummin, whilst also holding weekly outdoor sports events in Killarney. In Level 2 restrictions, several members were able to take part in, and win, the county round of a Macra bowling tournament.

ONLINE ALTERNATIVES

This year, Killarney Macra have 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. They generated lots of engagement amongst their members when a photography competition was held in April, and another competition is set to take place later this month. Many of the club participants have joined in for Zoom quizzes and game nights; often playing the very popular ‘Among Us’.

“It’s been a great opportunity to get to know more of the Killarney Macra members and keep in touch with people who we haven’t been able to meet up with,” club member and Social Officer, Rory O’Connor, said.

Killarney Macra will continue to offer a diverse range of events that meet the interests of its young members. Over the coming months they will continue to promote their interaction with other Macra groups, as well as hosting games nights, quizzes, competitions and a book club. Killarney Macra hosts monthly online meetings via Zoom and it is a great way to make new friends, share ideas and have a bit of craic!

Killarney Macra na Feirme 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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