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Thursday, 31st August 2017

A major coup as CityNorth to host Young Farmers Conference


Pictured at the launch of Macra na Feirme’s Young Farmers Conference at the CityNorth Hotel are, from left, Paula McCaul of Boyne Valley Tourism, Dermot Connolly of Macra, Catherine McGovern of CityNorth Hotel & Conference Centre and Gerry O’Connor the Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council.

Hotel and all B&Bs booked out for October bank holiday weekend.

Since a major refit, which was completed in May, the CityNorth Hotel in Gormanston has gone from strength to strength with a marked increase in bookings both for conferences, social events and weddings.

Yesterday, in what is a major coup for the hotel’s management team, it was announced that the national Young Farmers Conference, which is organised each year by Macra na Feirme, is to be held at the CityNorth with the whole hotel and all of the B&Bs in the area booked out over the October bank holiday weekend.

“We are delighted to be hosting this event here in the CityNorth Hotel, especially as it is being held in Co. Meath for the very first time” Cyril Laffan, the City North’s energetic General Manager, told Drogheda Life. “Myself and all the team are looking forward to looking after this event from start to finish and making sure all needs are met to the highest standard.

“We are surrounded by farmland here in Gormanston and we do our best to work closely with local suppliers so we have an excited interest in this conference. We are all looking forward to it and we have no doubt it will be a success for everyone involved.”


Meath Macra na Feirme and Meath County Council have come together to host the Make It Meath Royal Rally 2017, Macra na Feirme's Annual Young Farmers Conference.

With thanks to the main sponsor Meath County Council and associate sponsor Keenan Alltech, the Rally is the biggest event of the Macra year and will offer activities to suit everyone and a place for Macra members and non Macra members to make friends and memories that will last a life time.

The weekend will begin on Friday October 27th when delegates from across the country will be welcomed to the City North Hotel. The conference will be officially opened on Friday night and the national final of the Irish Farmers Journal Know Your Ag table Quiz will take place. Entertainment on Friday night will be provided by Over the Limit and DJ till late. Friday will be a fancy dress night in the hotel. The theme of the night will be Heroes and Villains, with a prize on the night for best dressed.

There will be lots of options available for delegates and non-delegates on Saturday. Tour buses will depart from the City North Hotel on Saturday Morning. There will be a beef tour (Kepak and Country Crest), a dairy tour (Joe Leonard and David Moore's Farms) as well as a food safari through the heart of the Boyne Valley that will include Michael Finnegan's Goat Farm and Slane Distillery. The conference will take place on Saturday afternoon. The topic of this year's conference is "iFarmer - Technology in Agriculture".Saturday night will include the national final of the Macra na Feirme Club of the year, Macra's best new member as well as a Patrons night for all past Meath Macra members. Music on the night will be provided by The Waxies and DJ till late.

The National Final of the Bord Bia Beef and Sheep Stock Judging will take place on Sunday morning. All day Sunday in the hotel there will be entertainment for delegates, non-delegates and non Macra members. There will be gladiator fights, bungee runs, an inflatable John Deere disco tractor, sumo wrestling and a puppy petting corner with thanks to Dogs Trust, the charity partner for the rally. The conference weekend will finish with a gala banquet on Sunday night, with entertainment from The Madisons and DJ till late.

Speaking at the launch Dermot Connolly, the chairman of the Rally committee said "This is the first time Macra's annual conference has been held in County Meath. We are delighted to have the opportunity to host the largest young farmers’ conference in Ireland. With thanks to Meath County Council and all our sponsors we look forward to welcoming everyone from across the country to the City North Hotel this October".

Full weekend event details, tour and entertainment prices and contact information can be found on the Rally website The weekend is open to all, Macra and non Macra members. It promises to be a fun-filled weekend not to be missed.

So save the date for the ‘Make It Meath Royal Rally 2017’ in the City North Hotel Gormanston, Co. Meath from Friday October 27th to Monday October 30th. Follow the Rally on Facebook 'Macra Annual Conference/Rally', on snapchat and instagram 'royalrally2017' and twitter '@MacraConference'. #MakeItMeath #LetsMakeItReign

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