9 February 2016
By Bryan T. Smyth
The All-Ireland final of Macra’s variety entertainment contest, the FBD Capers competition, took place in the Mallow Youth Centre, Cork, last Saturday night, the 6th February, hosted by Avondhu Macra. Donoughmore Macra, Muskerry, Cork took home the top title on the night thereby keeping the title in Cork following Glanmire Macra’s win last year. Bree Macra, Co. Wexford came in second place while Enfield Macra, Co. Meath came in third place.
Speaking at the event, Seán Finan, Macra National President, said, “We had a fantastic night of entertainment in Mallow with more than 700 in the audience enjoying performances from the six finalists. Well done to everyone who took part and special thanks to FBD for their continued support.”
Other prizes given on the night included Best Act which went to Bree Macra, Co. Wexford; Best Female Performer was Heather Healy, Donoughmore Macra, Muskerry and Best Male Performer was Andrew O’Sullivan, Clonakilty Macra, Carbery, Cork. Best Producer was Sinead Fortune, Bree Macra, Co. Wexford.
The Cork teams that took part in the national final are Donoughmore Macra, Muskerry, Co. Cork; Whitechurch Macra, Seandun, Co. Cork; Banteer Macra, Avondhu, Cork and Clonakilty Macra, Carbery, Co. Cork.
Macra’s FBD Capers is a competition designed for clubs wishing to gain experience in producing and performing a light entertainment variety show, with performances ranging from singing and dancing to comedy and drama.