The Corkman - - CHRISTMAS IN MACROOM - Right: Clodagh Healy (7) & Jodie Burns (7), Macroom, at the turn­ing on of the Christ­mas Lights.

THE fes­tive sea­son ar­rived with a bang across Mid Cork last week­end with a se­ries of events to light up the re­gion.

De­spite in­clement weather peo­ple came out in great num­bers for the an­nual lighting up events which cer­tainly brighten up the win­ter right up to the New Year.

The first an­nual Christ­mas mar­ket was held in Macroom on Satur­day, fea­tur­ing stalls with arts and crafts, sea­sonal foods and in­cluded a sea­sonal favourite, the carousel in the square. Again this year busi­nesses re­mained open late with many of­fer spe­cial dis­counts for the oc­ca­sion.

This year, the 2018 Flower of Macroom, Emma Nott, of­fi­cially switched on the town’s mag­nif­i­cent Christ­mas lights at 6pm with the Dy­namic Show­band pro­vid­ing mu­sic from 5pm to 7pm, and af­ter­wards there was mu­sic into the night the Town Square. Up­com­ing, the Blar­ney/ Macroom Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict Coun­cil is pro­mot­ing an­other spe­cial Christ­mas Mar­ket in the Town Square on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 11, of­fer­ing an­other op­por­tu­nity for lo­cals to bag some ar­ti­san Christ­mas good­ies and spread the fes­tive cheer. As with Satur­day’s mar­ket, there’s an­other free draw on De­cem­ber 11 with prizes of €50 vouch­ers. Free tick­ets are avail­able at premises of all Lee Val­ley En­ter­prise Board mem­bers.

Mean­while, the an­nual turn­ing on of the Massey­town Christ­mas lights was on Sun­day with Santa, Mrs Clause and the Elves pay­ing their usual visit. There was mulled wine, re­fresh­ments and treats on of­fer for the oc­ca­sion be­fore a great many later ad­journed to Mary Anne’s, where there was a great night (The com­mit­tee of Massey­town Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Group wish to thank Paddy Mur­phy Haulage & Christ­mas Trees for do­nat­ing & de­liv­er­ing this year’s tree).

Also on of­fer in Macroom at the week­end was a show hosted by The Lee Val­ley En­ter­prise Board at the River­side Park Ho­tel fea­ture The Nualas with their ‘Christ­mas Glam Slam’ show.

Mean­while, the Rusheen N.S Christ­mas Mar­ket was on Sun­day in Aghi­nagh GAA Hall and, on the same day, the Cúil Aodha Christ­mas mar­ket was in the halla.

So, de­spite a bout of thor­oughly win­try weather, Mid Cork re­ally did light up for Christ­mas last week­end and it’s all set for a merry old time in Muskerry from here ’ til the New Year, with plenty of fun along the way.

Above: Pat O’Con­nell and Cllr Ted Lucey watch on as Flower of Macroom Emma Nott turns on the Christ­mas Lights for Macroom, 2018.

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