About Macra na Feirme
Macra na Feirme is a voluntary organisation for young people
Macra na Feirme is a voluntary organisation for young people between the ages of 17 and 35. The organisation consists of a nationwide network of clubs with six key areas of activity: agriculture, sports, travel, public speaking, community involvement and performing arts.
Macra na Feirme is committed to the personal development of members and puts emphasis on social interaction and participation. Macra provides members with the training and support they need to carry out their role in the organisation and helps members to develop their skills and experience.
Macra na Feirme was founded in 1944 by Stephen Cullinan, a rural science teacher. The organisation's original purpose was to provide young farmers with adequate training to ensure their livelihood and to provide an outlet for socialising in rural areas.
Macra na Feirme was adopted as the official title of the organisation in December 1946. 'Macra' means stalwarts or the elite and 'na Feirme' means of the land.
Over 250,000 young people have passed through the ranks of Macra na Feirme. Much has changed since those early days; young people have different priorities now and need new challenges, which Macra today tries to provide.
Currently Macra na Feirme has 9,000 members in 300 clubs. Approximately one-third of Macra members are involved in farming, with males making up 60% of the membership and females 40%.
What makes Macra special is it is a youth organisation, run by young people for young people. Macra is a member – led organisation. Members stand up and speak for themselves, run their own clubs and take responsibility for their actions. Macra is a democratic organisation and every member is entitled to air their opinions at club, regional and national level.
For more information on Macra na Feirme and your nearest club check out www.macra.ie