Mighty Macra boosts locals’ favourite charity

    PJ O’Keeffe, Josephine and Christine O’Neill, Colm and Eileen Lyons

    All pics: Donal Foley

    THE evening was a credit to organisers, the young people of North Kilkenny Macra.

    A combination of clubs from Callan, Kilkenny City, the Devil’s Bit from Tipperary and a team from the audience called the Rainbow Team delighted an audience of 70 + with their version of the television series, The Cube.

    The event was described as extremely successful, enjoyable and entertaining by Macra spokeswomen, Sarah Molloy who told The Reporter that proceeds from the Cube, €7 in advance or €10 at the door would go to a favourite Castlecomer charity, Aoibheann’s Pink Tie.

    “We knew that Aoibheann’s Pike Tie which worked so closely with the late Searlait Tywang and her family was very close to the hearts of ‘Comer people and environs,” said Sarah.

    There were 16 competitors and two MCs, Mick Somers from Coon and Cara O’Mahony who now lives in Naas but is originally from Mooncoin.

    It was mostly young people and a few more senior people from the audience who provided top class entertainment.

    The participants’ version of the TV show included bouncing a ball into a box, stepping over timber blindfolded without knocking any timber and playing memory games.

    Referees were Michelle Ward and Kevin Brennan of North Kilkenny Macra.

    The competition was won by Callan Macra who received trophies and a €50 voucher for MacDonagh Junction.

    The prizes were presented by Cara O’Mahony, Leinster vice-president of Macra.

    There was a raffle for Macra funds with prizes sponsored by the Springhill Court Hotel, the Ormonde Hotel and Intosport, Castlecomer.

    North Kilkenny Macra is made up mainly of members from Castlecomer, Conahy, Muckalee and Ballyragget.

    Members range in age from 17 to 35.

    Another big event on the Macra calendar is the Mr Personality Festival in Kilkenny on the weekend of April 20.

    Mr Personality is described as akin to a Rose of Tralee competition for men.

    Competitors will represent every county in Ireland. The event is held over two nights and is always a sell out.

    The Reporter has been told that the excellent Springhill Hotel venue is already packed for the weekend.