The market town of County Cork, Macroom is situated in a valley, which is positioned on the River Sullane. River Sullane is a tributary of the River Lee, which flows between Cork and Killarney. A major entrance to the tourist region of the West Cork, Macroom is an anglicised name from an Irish Gaelic Maigh Chromtha, which means ‘crooked plain’. This town was named after the large oak trees, which earlier were in abundant in the town square. Historically, it is believed that in the late 12th century, the town was developed and built around a castle.
Dating back to the sixth century, Macroom, which also means the meeting place of followers of the God Crom, was the meeting place for the Druids of Munster. In the 10th century, this town was the focal point of major battles and conflicts, which involved Brian Boru. Later in the years, Murcheatach Uí Briain and Richard de Cogan and other warring families invaded the town of Macroom. It was the MacCarthy family which finally took over the control and directed this small town towards abundance and expansion. During the period, prosperous Macroom flourished with milling, markets and fairs. In 16th century, the town witnessed numerous conflicts of the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland. In the early years of the Irish war of independence, Macroom was the hub of IRA activity.
The town was taken over by numerous Anglo-Irish families in the late years of 19th century. However, in 1920, all the estate-houses of these invader families were burnt and the land area was delegated amongst the earlier tenants of the town. In ancient period, Macroom was believed to be “the town that never reared a fool”.
The prospering town of Macroom has several attractions that stand as a witness to the scintillating beauty of the place. From the scenic surroundings of Mushera Mountain in the north to the Millstreet Country Park, 1.5 km to the base of the mountain, Macroom is full of attractions for the nature lovers. The ancient Saint John’s Well is another captivating site of the town. Macroom is bestowed with numerous sites for adventure activities such as golf and fishing. The famous Castle Grounds is a major centre for all these activities.
Associated with the visionaries and healers, numerous holy wells, churches and other sites are located all across the town. Located 6 kilometre away in the west side, the historic Carrigaphooca Castle reveals the traditional art and culture of Macroom. The ruins of the demolished Macroom Castle, now recognised as the Castle Arch, permit tourists to the Castle Parkland.
Recent developments in the town include establishment of a Library, which is located in the Town Centre, The Toy Soldier Factory and The Briery Gap Theatre. These sites are the major centres of entertainment for the locals of the town. All major drama, music and dance performances are organised in these venues of the town. The cinema theatre consists of 208 seats and a hospitality room. Offering several shopping opportunities for the tourists, Macroom Town Council supports the street traders with colourful stalls and different wares in the town square.
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