9 February 2017
By Bryan T. Smyth
The All-Ireland final of Macra’s variety entertainment contest, the FBD Capers competition, took place in the Mountmellick Arts Centre, Laois, last weekend.
Banteer Macra, Avondhu, Co Cork took home the top prize on the night thereby keeping the title in Cork following Donoughmore Macra’s win last year. Athboy Macra na Feirme, Co. Meath 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 Mountmellick with a huge crowd 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 David Murphy, Patrick Buckley and Billy Herlihy of Banteer, Best Female Performer was Vanessa Flood Kilnaleck, Cavan and Best Male Performer was Paul O Regan Kinsale. Best Producer was Heather Healy, Banteer.
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.