Turning Ideas into Reality
When South Tipperary Macra na Feirme set up the first Farm Relief Service in the country in 1971 ideas on co-operation and helping ones neighbour were put on a more formal and business-like footing.
In 1970, a number of Macra members had participated in a holiday exchange with young farmers in Wales. Whilst there, they had witnessed co-operation between farmers which they subsequently reflected on and spoke about. Also, the Chief Agricultural Officer for South Tipperary, Dave Hurley, who attended most Co. Executive meetings, had suggested that some way of sharing work to allow individuals have a break or a holiday would be of huge benefit to all farmers.
Against this background, the potential for expansion in Agricultural through membership of the EEC Common Agricultural Policy created a more business-like approach inside the farm gate. During this period also Macra na Feirme was pioneering agricultural courses in Dairy Hygiene/Milking Machine Maintenance/Farm Welding/Grass Management and other training under its Farm Proficiency programme. Every Macra club had a significant number of young farmers, so the focus of the organisation was on Personal Development through areas such as Leadership courses, Debating/Public Speaking/Drama, Farm Task competitions in addition to a comprehensive Farm Training Programme.
When the service was launched it was exclusively a Relief Milking Service but from the outset it was envisaged that scope to develop other services would emerge as time passed.
Back Row (left to right): Richard Lanigan, Michael Slattery, Gus Bulfin, Frank Blackwell and Dan Ryan
Front Row (left to right): Michael Carew and Pat O' Dwyer
"Original notice from the paper on Thursday, 8th July 1971."
Back Row (left to right): Pat O' Connor, Dan Butler, John Devane, Pat O' Dwyer and Martin Bourke (CEO)
Front Row (left to right): James O' Donnell (Chairman) and Dermot Ryan (Vice Chairperson) Absent from photo: Denis Corcoran
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In an ever changing work environment the need for new services and vision are never greater. The Farm Relief Service model had adapted and expanded and is looking to the future with enthusiasm.
The key benefits for clients of the Farm Relief Service are:
|1972-1980||Pat O’Dwyer and Richard Lanigan|
|1980- 1982||John Quirke and Rebecca Quirke|
|1992- 1993||Ger Shorthall|
|Michael Keating||Thomas O’Neill|
|James English||James Lonergan|
|Gus Bulfin||Nathaniel Bourke|
|James Purcell||William O’Brien|
|Denis O’Dwyer||John Toomey|
|Eugene McCormack||John Ryan|
|Liam O’Connor||Sean O’Rourke|
|Kevin O’Donnell||Micheal O’Connell|
|Michael Slattery||Michael Boland|
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