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2016

Macra na Feirme and Calor launch the 2016 ‘Know your Neighbour’ Campaign

26 June 2016
Macra na Feirme and Calor launch the 2016 ‘Know your Neighbour’ Campaign

RESEARCH REVEALS THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF ADULTS (71%) FEEL THAT OUR SENSE OF COMMUNITY IS DECLINING

 

Macra na Feirme and Calor launch the 2016 ‘Know your Neighbour’ Campaign

 

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Know Your Neighbour for all Seasons!

08 January 2016
Know Your Neighbour for all Seasons!
Know Your Neighbour is not just an idea for the summer time. It's important to be neighbourly all year round and nobody is friendlier than your local Macra club.
 
Donoughmore Macra were busy over the Christmas period. They kicked off...

2015

Photo Gallery

05 August 2015
Photo Gallery

Following a fantastic Know Your Neighbour Weekend, check out photos from events across Ireland here.

 

 

Communities Come Together for Know Your Neighbour Weekend

29 July 2015
Communities Come Together for Know Your Neighbour Weekend
Macra na Feirme’s Know Your Neighbour Weekend with Calor brought hundreds of neighbours together last weekend as the country celebrated community. The initiative saw 50 registered events take place nationwide with many more taking place across...

It’s Know Your Neighbour Weekend!

23 July 2015
It’s Know Your Neighbour Weekend!

The biggest community initiative in our calendar has arrived as we celebrate Know Your Neighbour Weekend this weekend, the 25th and 26th July with sponsors, Calor. Know Your Neighbour Weekend aims to bring neighbours together to get to know each...

It’s Not Too Late to Get Involved!

20 July 2015
It’s Not Too Late to Get Involved!

Know Your Neighbour Weekend with Calor is taking place across the country on the 25th and 26th July. It’s not too late to check out what’s happening in your area or to organise your own event! Check here for events listings or here to...

Know Your Neighbour Weekend Stronger than Ever

16 July 2015
Know Your Neighbour Weekend Stronger than Ever

This article appeared in Irish Country Living on the 16th July 2015.

By Seán Finan, Macra na Feirme National President

As I travel around the country to Macra na Feirme events and meetings in my role as National President I sense an...

Community Groups on Neighbourliness

09 July 2015
Community Groups on Neighbourliness

This article appeared in Irish Country Living on the 9th July 2015.

Since 1944, Macra na Feirme have played a major role in Irish communities. Established as a source of training and a social outlet for young farmers, Macra’s remit has evolved...

Catherine Fulvio at National Field Day For Know Your Neighbour Weekend

08 July 2015
Catherine Fulvio at National Field Day For Know Your Neighbour Weekend

Know Your Neighbour Weekend is taking place on the 25th and 26th July 2015 supported by Calor. To kick off the initiative, Freemount Macra, in Co. Cork and Calor will co-host a national field day for the whole family on the 18th July...

Services, Jobs, and Antisocial Behaviour – the Big Issues affecting Communities

03 July 2015
Services, Jobs, and Antisocial Behaviour – the Big Issues affecting Communities

This article appeared in Irish Country Living on the 2nd July 2015

To launch Know Your Neighbour Weekend on the 25th and 26th July, Macra na Feirme along with sponsor Calor commissioned research to shed some light on what communities feel are the...

Neighbours are the Friends who Live Next Door

26 June 2015
Neighbours are the Friends who Live Next Door

This article appeared in Irish Country Living on the 25th June 2015

Have you met your friend next door yet? Now’s your chance! Know Your Neighbour Weekend with Calor is all about getting together, on a specific weekend during the summer, to...

Macra and Calor launch Know your Neighbour Weekend

17 June 2015
Macra and Calor launch Know your Neighbour Weekend

71% of people living in rural Ireland feel that stronger Government policies are needed to promote job growth in rural communities,  according to research published today to launch Macra's ‘Know Your Neighbour Weekend’ campaign,...

Uachtaran na hEireann lends His Support to Know Your Neighbour Weekend

02 June 2015
Uachtaran na hEireann lends His Support to Know Your Neighbour Weekend

Irish people have always prided themselves on their strong sense of community and their reputation for being a welcoming and friendly nation.  These are characteristics which still define us a people and as a society.  In a modern and increasingly...

2014

Know Your Neighbour Weekend Brings Everyone Together

14 July 2014
Know Your Neighbour Weekend Brings Everyone Together

Macra na Feirme’s Know Your Neighbour Weekend took place last weekend, the 12th & 13th July, with community events taking place across the country. Throughout Ireland, neighbours took the opportunity to get together to enjoy BBQs, a family...

It’s Know Your Neighbour Weekend - Not Too Late to Get Involved!

09 July 2014
It’s Know Your Neighbour Weekend - Not Too Late to Get Involved!

Macra na Feirme’s Know Your Neighbour Weekend is taking place across the country this weekend. It’s not too late to check out what’s happening in your area or to organise your own event! Check here for events listings or to...

St Vincent de Paul urges support for Know Your Neighbour weekend

08 July 2014
St Vincent de Paul urges support for Know Your Neighbour weekend

The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) is urging people all over Ireland to support the Macra na Feirme initiative “Know Your Neighbour” next weekend12th/13th July. 

This year the theme is ‘Neighbours –...

Clonakilty Random Acts of Kindness Festival presents #bekind day 2014

08 July 2014
Clonakilty Random Acts of Kindness Festival presents #bekind day 2014

The third annual Random Acts of Kindness Festival is returning to Clonakilty on the 19th and 20th July. This year the public are encouraged to take a more active role in spreading the happiness. The festival is planning to make...

Neighbours – Near and Far

01 July 2014
Neighbours – Near and Far

Link to original article on Irish Times Website.

Ireland has had a long tradition of exporting its young people to other countries.  Most of the time this was due to economic necessity and the dream of making a fresh start in a new land where...

Technology can Bring Emigrants Closer to Community at Home

24 June 2014
Technology can Bring Emigrants Closer to Community at Home

A 2012 poll carried out by the NYCI highlighted that more than a quarter of Irish families had been affected by emigration in the previous two years with a shocking 308,000 people emigrating in the four years before the poll. The 9th annual Know...

Let’s Get Together with ‘Neighbours – Near and Far’

11 June 2014
Let’s Get Together with ‘Neighbours – Near and Far’

Macra na Feirme, along with media partners, Irish Country Living, have launched the annual Know Your Neighbour Weekend which is taking place on the 12th and 13th July. The theme this year is ‘Neighbours – Near and Far’ as event...

2013

Events across the Country for Know Your Neighbour Weekend!

15 July 2013
Events across the Country for Know Your Neighbour Weekend!

Macra na Feirme’s Know Your Neighbour Weekend took place last weekend, the 13th & 14th July, with community events taking place across the country. Throughout Ireland, neighbours took the opportunity to get together to enjoy BBQs, a family...

It’s Know Your Neighbour Weekend - Not Too Late To Get Involved!

11 July 2013
It’s Know Your Neighbour Weekend - Not Too Late To Get Involved!

Know Your Neighbour Weekend is taking place across the country this weekend. It’s not too late to check out what’s happening in your area or to organise your own event! Check out knowyourneighbour.ie for events listings or to register...

Its Times like These we Need our Neighbours - Macra

05 July 2013
Its Times like These we Need our Neighbours - Macra

“As we see continuing  post office and Garda station closures, we need the added security and support of our communities more than ever”, these were the words of Macra National President, Kieran O’Dowd, in advance of next week’s...

Farmers and their Role in the Community

26 June 2013
Farmers and their Role in the Community

The Macra na Feirme Know Your Neighbour weekend is not just about trying to get people in communities to know one another, it’s also about building links and relationships so that we can preserve the social fabric of the country. Knowing Your...

Know Your Neighbour Weekend and The Gathering

12 June 2013
Know Your Neighbour Weekend and The Gathering

The Gathering 2013 is a government initiative reaching out to Ireland’s worldwide diaspora.  The Irish diaspora comprises an astonishing 70 million people around the globe. This includes Irish people who were born in Ireland and emigrated,...

Times Of Crisis Highlight Need to Know Your Neighbours

05 June 2013
Times Of Crisis Highlight Need to Know Your Neighbours

Macra na Feirme launch Know Your Neighbour Weekend aiming to encourage engagement with neighbours

Recent times of crisis have demonstrated the strength of support and friendship that neighbours can provide. Those living closest to you may...

2012

Communities Show Pride for Know Your Neighbour Weekend!

18 July 2012
Communities Show Pride for Know Your Neighbour Weekend!

Macra na Feirme’s Know Your Neighbour Weekend took place last weekend, the 14th and 15th July with community events taking place nationwide. Throughout Ireland, neighbours took the opportunity to get together to enjoy a BBQ, Family Fun Day,...

Know Your Neighbour Weekend Gets Underway!

13 July 2012
Know Your Neighbour Weekend Gets Underway!

Know Your Neighbour Weekend kicks off tomorrow with events taking place nationwide. The 7th year of the initiative, Macra na Feirme hopes that the events will help communities to reconnect. Groups and individuals across the country will get together...

Know your Neighbour Weekend - it’s not too Late to Get Involved!

09 July 2012
Know your Neighbour Weekend - it’s not too Late to Get Involved!

Macra na Feirme’s Know Your Neighbour Weekend is taking place across the country this weekend. It’s not too late to check out what’s happening in your area or to organise your own event! Check out the events listings or register...

Know Your Neighbour Weekend Is Chance To Reconnect

05 July 2012
Know Your Neighbour Weekend Is Chance To Reconnect

Know Your Neighbour Weekend is a chance for communities to reconnect. Groups and individuals across the country will get together next weekend, the 14th and 15th July, to hold community events and build their local support network.

Macra National...

President's Message / Teachtaireacht ón Uachtarán

02 July 2012
President's Message / Teachtaireacht ón Uachtarán

I am delighted to voice my support for ‘Know Your Neighbour Weekend’, a valuable initiative which has been running for several years.

Here in Ireland we have always had a strong reputation for our warm sense of community.  However,...

Knowing Your Neighbours Can Avoid Dangerous Isolation

18 June 2012
Knowing Your Neighbours Can Avoid Dangerous Isolation

Macra na Feirme launch Know Your Neighbour Weekend which aims to encourage engagement with neighbours

Engaging with your neighbours can help you avoid dangerous isolation – that was the message from rural organisation, Macra na Feirme, as...

2011

Hundreds of Events get Neighbours Together!

12 July 2011

Macra na Feirme’s Know Your Neighbour Weekend, sponsored by ESB Electric Ireland, took place last weekend. The weekend was an overwhelming success with almost 200 events taking place throughout the country. Neighbours took the opportunity to...

Ready, Set, Mingle! Know Your Neighbour Weekend!

08 July 2011

Macra na Feirme’s Know Your Neighbour Weekend is taking place across the country this weekend, the 9th & 10th July. It’s not too late to check out what’s happening in your area! Check out www.knowyourneighbour.ie for events...

Teddy Bear’s Picnic or Family Fun Day? Know your Neighbour Weekend

06 July 2011

Macra na Feirme’s Know Your Neighbour Weekend is taking place across the country this weekend. It’s not too late to check out what’s happening in your area or to organise your own event! Check out www.knowyourneighbour.ie for events...

Young People want Community Interaction

01 July 2011

A survey carried out by Macra na Feirme and ESB Electric Ireland has found that young people between 25-34 years old were the most likely to attend a community get-together such as a Know Your Neighbour event and spend time with their neighbours....

Leinster Neighbours talk the most!

01 July 2011

A survey carried out by Macra na Feirme and ESB Electric Ireland has found that Leinster and Dublin neighbours interact more than neighbours in other regions. Neighbours in Dublin interact 3.41 times a week while those in the rest of Leinster interact...

Munster Neighbours have Lowest Levels of Community Interaction

01 July 2011

A survey carried out by Macra na Feirme and ESB Electric Ireland has found that Munster neighbours have the lowest levels of interaction with their neighbours. Macra’s Know Your Neighbour initiative is in its sixth year with events taking place...

Neighbours in Connacht most likely to attend a Know Your Neighbour event

24 June 2011

A survey carried out by Macra na Feirme and ESB Electric Ireland has found that Connacht neighbours are the most likely to participate in an event such as a Know Your Neighbour event. Macra’s Know Your Neighbour initiative is in its sixth year...

Active Neighbours Most Likely to Attend a Know Your Neighbour Event

23 June 2011

A survey carried out by Macra na Feirme and ESB Electric Ireland has found that neighbours who know and regularly interact with their neighbours were most likely to participate in an event such as a Know Your Neighbour event. Macra’s Know Your...

Know Your Neighbour Launch Video

15 June 2011

If you missed the KYN launch event on June 1st in Dublin, watch the highlights on You Tube!

Macra na Feirme and ESB Electric Ireland launch annual “Know Your Neighbour” Weekend

01 June 2011
Macra na Feirme and ESB Electric Ireland launch annual “Know Your Neighbour” Weekend

Irish people are calling out for more “Know Your Neighbour” type events according to a recent survey commissioned by Macra na Feirme and ESB Electric Ireland. The results of the Red C survey were presented at the launch of Macra na Feirme’s...