Farming Group To Complete Walk From Athy To Dublin Today


Members of Macra, the rural youth organisation, is to commence a 79km walk from Athy in Co. Kildare to Government Buildings on Merrion Square at 6pm this evening .

The group will leave Athy where Macra was founded in 1944 and carry a message from its Roots to the Gates of power according to outgoing Macra President, Tipperary man,  John Keane. The organisation is calling on the Government to improve the conditions for younger people – the organising offers a social outlet to people aged under 35 living  in rural Ireland.

Macra is asking all TD’s and Senators to join them on their walk or to at least meet them at 1pm tomorrow at  Government Buildings on Merrion Street.   

Macra President Elect Elaine Houlihan, from Kilmallock says  “we are taking steps for our future, to ensure young people and families can live and prosper in Rural Ireland as the youth are the backbone of these communities.”  

The group have a range of issues that are causing concern for members such as Housing, Healthcare, Public Transport, and issues impacting access to land for young farmers.

The march from Athy to Merrion Square will pass through Kilcullen, Naas, Kill, Newcastle and into The Irish Farm Centre in Bluebell on the outskirts of Dublin and from there to Merrion Square in the city centre.