Now & Then

Mac­room gets a makeover in our spe­cial photo se­ries.

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Jim Coughlan

Mac­room is a mar­ket town in the val­ley of the River Sul­lane, halfway be­tween Cork City and Kil­lar­ney.

Its Ir­ish name “Maigh Chromtha” means “meet­ing place or plain of fol­low­ers of the god Crom” or “crooked oak”, the lat­ter a ref­er­ence to a large oak tree that al­legedly grew in the town-square dur­ing the reign of the English King John. Its pop­u­la­tion has grown and re­ceded over the cen­turies as it went through pe­ri­ods of war, famine, forced em­i­gra­tion, and in­ter­mit­tent pros­per­ity. The pop­u­la­tion of Mac­room, ac­cord­ing to the 2016 Cen­sus, is 3,961.

Don’t visit Mac­room with­out tak­ing a trip to the Gear­agh. The Gear­agh is no or­di­nary wood­land. It is an al­lu­vial for­est, an an­cient wooded wilder­ness and na­ture re­serve of is­lands lo­cated at the point where the River Lee descends from the moun­tains and widens and stretches for roughly 5km.

The town has a colour­ful his­tory and a range of ac­tiv­i­ties for the vis­i­tor, mak­ing this an ideal des­ti­na­tion for a re­lax­ing va­ca­tion. Go 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 var­i­ous trails and path­ways.

Mac­room is part of our Now & Then project. We have taken pic­tures in the same lo­ca­tions as old pho­tos in the Ir­ish Ex­am­iner ar­chive in towns all around the county. Visit our new Now & Then web­site at projects.irishex­am­

“View and pur­chase from our ex­ten­sive dig­i­tal photo ar­chive at irishex­am­­tos

Mac­room now and then : A view of Mac­room in the 1960s is blended with a pho­to­graph which was taken in the same lo­ca­tion in 2017.

Easter Week com­mem­o­ra­tions draw hun­dreds to the square in Mac­room on a wet day on April 19, 1936.

A view of the North Square in Mac­room in 1936, to­wards the cas­tle grounds.

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