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Macroom, Co. Cork

Macroom (Irish: Maigh Chromtha) is a small market town lying in a valley on the River Sullane, a tributary of the River Lee, between Cork and Killarney. The name in Irish Gaelic may mean 'meeting place of followers of the god Crom' or 'crooked plain'. The area is thought to once have been the meeting place for the Druids of Munster. There is much evidence of Macroom's pre-Christian habitation in the many standing stones, dolmens, stone circles and fulacht fiadh in the surrounding land.

Tourist attractions include a colourful town centre, an 18-hole golf course and scenic surroundings. A few kilometres to the north of Macroom is Mushera Mountain, with the family attraction of Millstreet Country Park, a 1.5 km walk to the summit of the mountain, and the ancient Saint John's Well. There are many holy wells, churches and other sites in the area associated with ancient visionaries and healers. 6km west lies the historic Carrigaphooca Castle. In the town itself, the Castle Arch, a remainder of the demolished Macroom Castle, admits walkers to the Castle demesne parklands, held in trust as a gift to, and possession of, the people of Macroom. This large park contains riverside walks among mature oak and beech trees.


It is said that Macroom is "the town that never reared a fool ".

Gardens

Aultaghreagh Cottage Garden
Aultaghreagh Cottage Garden
Dunmanway, Co. Cork
There’s nothing more encouraging than visiting enthusiasts’ gardens, especially when starting a new garden. Christine and Les Wilson have had a wonderfully inventive approach to their one acre hilltop garden which is packed with choic ...
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Golf

Blarney Golf Club - Blarney County Cork Ireland
Blarney Golf Resort
Blarney, Co. Cork
Course Type: Parkland
Blarney Golf Resort was co-designed by one of the games most colourful and best-loved characters, two time Major winner and infamous 'big hitter' John Daly, you can be sure there will be some unique holes to play along the way. Take the 601 yard ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
Farran House
Farran, Co. Cork
Set in 12 acres of mature beech woodland and rhododendron gardens in the rolling hills of the Lee Valley, Patricia Wiese and John Kehely's impressive house was built in the mid-18th century, although its present elegant Italianate style only date ...
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What's On

Bandon Farmers Market - County Cork - Saturdays
Bandon Farmers Market

Car Park of Old Market Garden (between St Peters Church and the new Post Office), Bandon, County Cork

Every Saturday - 9am - 1.30pm

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Tourist Attractions

Blarney Castle - Blarney County Cork Ireland
Blarney Castle
Blarney, Co. Cork
Blarney Castle was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting attention beyond Munster ever since. Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney, m ...
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Wedding Venues

Ballinacurra House - Kinsale County Cork Ireland - Private Wedding Venue
Ballinacurra House
Kinsale, Co. Cork
Ireland’s Premier Private Estate for Exclusive Hire Just a couple of miles west of Kinsale, this luxurious private residence is set in 40 acres of wooded grounds with landscaped gardens, and this wedding venues available for exclusive ...
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