Now & Then
Macroom gets a makeover in our special photo series.
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.irishexaminer.com/nowandthen
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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.