Macra na Feirme has always been associated with farming but there is a thriving social branch in the city where the majority of the members have no connection to the land.
Chairperson of the group, Aoife Lanigan who is originally from Newpark Drive explained that when she joined in 2001 a lot of people were from farming backgrounds but added that this is no longer the case.
“I was coming home from Dublin in 2001 and I saw an article in the Kilkenny People and I decided to go along
and after that first meeting I joined up.
“It is great, you meet different people and get involved in the community and in the different sports and activities. When I joined inititally a lot of people were from farming backgrounds but there are people involved now from all different types of backgrounds,” she added.
Currently the branch, which hosted a hugely successful ball earlier this month is recruiting new members.
“We are trying to encourage people to sign up. It is open to people between 18 and 35 and has a great mix of social activities including sports, drama and public speaking. Every Monday evening we have mixed soccer and we also have badminton and basketball on a weekly basis - it is great fun.There is great social interaction and especially in the times that we live in it is so important that people connect with others in their community. I have enjoyed every minute of it and would highly recommend it,” she added.
Other branchs in the country are located in Callan, Mullinavat, Suirside, Kilmanagh and North Kilkenny. An information night will take place at the Orchard House Bar on March 3 at 9.45pm.