YFCU deputy president praises Co Down young farmers’ success

YFCU deputy president Roberta Simmons congratulated Co Down YFC for another successful year at their annual dinner dance and awards night.

She applauded members for winning many awards at Northern Ireland level competitions and said she would like to encourage members all “to get out there and get active and reap the many rewards of YFCU”.

Munster Macra Na Feirme VP James Healy (centre) and pictured with YFCU VP James Speers, deputy president Roberta Simmons, VP Janette Stirling and VP Geoff Thompson.

Munster Macra Na Feirme VP James Healy (centre) and pictured with YFCU VP James Speers, deputy president Roberta Simmons, VP Janette Stirling and VP Geoff Thompson.

The awards night took place at La Mon Hotel on Saturday 15th November and featured John Healy, Munster Macra na Feirme vice president as guest speaker.

In his speech, James Healy said he would like to see more activities carried out together by the two organisations.

He said: “We share a lot in common and I think we need to develop the links between the two organisations. The friends you have in Macra and Young Farmers are the friends you’ll have all your life.”

Honorary county secretary George Shaw said the awards were spread over a wider range of clubs than usual but there was a clear junior club winner.

Hannah Ogle and Rhiannon Heron from Moneyrea YFC.

Hannah Ogle and Rhiannon Heron from Moneyrea YFC.

Ballywalter Young Farmers was named Best Junior Club and Spa YFC was awarded the title of Best Senior Club.

Jackie Fitzpatrick chair of Castlewellan Show committee with husband Martin Fitzpatrick and County Down YFC chair Victoria Simpson.

Jackie Fitzpatrick chair of Castlewellan Show committee with husband Martin Fitzpatrick and County Down YFC chair Victoria Simpson.