The Kilkenny County Macra na Feirme Tag Rugby finals took place in Stoneyford on Friday, May 24.
Mullinavat Macra emerged as county champions with a narrow victory over Kilkenny City Macra in the final and will represent Kilkenny in the national finals in July. The finals were followed by the Kilkenny County Macra annual awards night which was held in Carrolls of Knocktopher.
Awards were presented to winners in all key Macra activities during the year. Outgoing chairman Mary Brennan commended all for a particularly successful year for Kilkenny, as the county had great success in winning a number of national finals.
Lots of new disciplines were initiated in the county for Macra members during the year, including Drama and Badminton. There were also lots of very enjoyable trips/social events held for members – the highlight being the trip to Mannheim in December.
A number of very successful events were organised by Kilkenny Macra for the rest of the country including the National Hurling finals, Kilkenny City Blacktie Ball, and the now nationally-acclaimed Mr Personality Festival. The number of Macra members has increased substantially during the year, with the setting up of a number of new clubs including in Graignamanagh and Castlecomer.
The incoming county chairman Liam Comerford then presented the main awards of the night. The prestigious title of County Macra person of the year went to Fionán Brennan (Kilkenny City Macra) for his huge dedication to Macra in his club and county for the past number of years, and his role in initiating new activities for the county members in Kilkenny Macra this year in his role as county sports chairperson.
Best New Member of the year went to Emer Kelly of Kilkenny City Macra for her enthusiasm and commitment to her club during her first year as a Macra member. The title of Club of the Year went to Mullinavat Macra for their success – there was huge work done at club level to recruit new members, run a number of fundraisers and they celebrated a number of successes at club and county level.