New Co Down young farmers club launched

Members of the new Burren, Mayobridge, Warrenpoint and Rostrevor (BMWR) YFC pictured at their first meeting in Burren Community Centre.
Members of the new Burren, Mayobridge, Warrenpoint and Rostrevor (BMWR) YFC pictured at their first meeting in Burren Community Centre.
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THE Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster has launched a new club which goes by the name of Burren, Mayobridge, Warrenpoint and Rostrevor (BMWR) YFC.

BMWR YFC is open to all young people who live in the local area and who are aged 12-25 years of age. The club will meet at Burren Community Centre.

Arthur King, founder of BMWR YFC, thanked everyone for attending the inaugural meeting of the club and introduced YFCU presidential members, staff and local politicians to the new members.

John Burns, Chair of the Burren Community Group, welcomed everyone to the meeting. John commented on how the community hall was built 100 years ago for the local farming community and it was great to see that the use of the hall had now come ‘full circle’ by the use of the new club.

John McCallister, local MLA and past YFCU president, welcomed the club to the association and encouraged the members to partake in all activities to the best of their ability as this is the greatest way to get the most from such a varied organisation. The association now has a network of 57 local self-governing/youth-led Young Farmers’ Clubs operating across all six counties with over 2,700 members.

Declan McAteer, SDLP councillor for Newry and Mourne District Council was very pleased to see such a fantastic crowd of young people gathered and expressed his wish that he had had such an opportunity to join an association like YFCU when he was younger.

Christina Sloan, member of the club shadow committee, introduced the four office bearers as Sean Garrivan (club leader), Francis King (club secretary), Kieran Knapton (club treasurer) and Terry Treanor (club PRO). Sean then led the club in citing the YFCU pledge.

YFCU deputy president Martyn Blair said that he was proud to welcome a new club to the YFCU and that the Executive Committee had been very enthusiastic and excited to approve the formation of the new club. He told the members: “Get the best out of the YFCU and the YFCU will get the best out of you.”

YFCU vice president Roberta Simmons said that it was great to see a new club in Co Down and said that she couldn’t wait to see the club out and about at county and Northern Ireland events.

After an informal talk from Martyn Blair about the benefits of being a YFCU member, club leader Sean declared the date of the next meeting to be Wednesday 9th January 2013. For more information contact Sean on 07871678022.