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Macroom, County Cork

county corkMacroom (Irish: Maigh Chromtha 'crooked plain') is a small but busy market town situated on the N22 midway between Cork City and Killarney, in the valley of the River Sullane, a tributary of the River Lee. The town has a colourful history and a range of activities for the visitor, making this an ideal destination for a relaxing vacation in County Cork.

Macroom is a magnificent location with tourist attractions and places of interest in County Cork. While staying in Macroom you will find activities such as fishing in the local river or golfing at Macroom Golf Club and other surrounding clubs. You can also enjoy hill walking or cycling, as the area has many interesting trails and pathways. Historically Macroom has many holy wells, churches and other sites in the area associated with ancient visionaries and healers.

Visitors to Macroom can enjoy the Castle Demense parklands - a large park in the grounds of the demolished Macroom Castle, with 100's of acres of wooded grounds and secluded riverside walks among mature oak and beech trees. On a summer's day there is no better place to escape from the world for a few hours.

Macroom Museum on Castle Street has many items of local historical value, as well as one of the finest collections of the West Cork hooded cloak. The Bronze Bull on Cork Street is a life size cast bronze bull, showing Macrooms' heritage as a mart (cattle) town. 6km west of Macroom, the historic Carrigaphooca Castle stands on a rock above the trees. The 'pooca' is a malicious spirit who haunted this fairytale place.


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