This fes­tive sea­son is packed full of events

The Corkman - - CHRISTMAS IN MACROOM -

MUSKERRY is a lively quar­ter in the lead-up to and right through Christ­mas time, with sea­sonal mar­kets aplenty, fes­tive shows and pan­tos, mu­sic nights and much more.

The Blar­ney/ Macroom Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict Coun­cil is pro­mot­ing a Spe­cial Christ­mas Mar­ket in the Town Square on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 11. It will fea­ture stalls with arts and crafts, sea­sonal foods and a carousel for the kids. The sec­ond of two spe­cial Christ­mas mar­kets in Macroom, it is well worth a visit for the good­ies on of­fer and the great fes­tive at­mos­phere.

The brand new Christ­mas Panto, ‘Where’s Santa?’, is at the River­side Park Ho­tel on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16; Fri­day, De­cem­ber 21 and Satur­day, De­cem­ber 22, and it sounds like a show not to be missed.

Not so sea­sonal but cer­tainly of in­ter­est, tonight, De­cem­ber 6, there will be an open meet­ing and dis­cus­sion in the Mills, Baile Mhuirne at 8pm on the sub­jects of: ‘Saoirse, The 1918 Elec­tion, Cu­mann na mBan’. Ev­ery­one is wel­come to this free event.

Also to­day, Scoil Naomh Laichtín in Donough­more is cel­e­brat­ing its 70th birth­day. Mass will be con­cel­e­brated at 11.00am in St Lach­teen’s Church, and this will be fol­lowed by re­fresh­ments in the school. All past pupils/ mem­bers of school com­mu­nity are wel­come.

At Macroom Li­brary, The Purlies Knit­ting Group are get­ting to­gether to­day, De­cem­ber 6 at 11.30am, and the purlies will also be do­ing the Christ­mas dis­play for the front win­dow of the li­brary. The Ju­ve­nile Book­club will meet on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8th at 3pm to dis­cuss ‘Un­der the Hawthorn Tree’ by Marita Con­lon-McKenna – and, mean­while, Sto­ry­time is ev­ery Satur­day at mid­day.

In Inchigee­lagh, their an­nual mar­ket is set to take place in Cree­don’s Ho­tel on De­cem­ber 12.

Also at the li­brary, the De­cem­ber Mu­sic Morn­ing is Lis­ten­ers Choice, pre­sented by Jill Va­hey. Bring along your favourite piece, sea­sonal or oth­er­wise, on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14.

In Car­rigam­ina, Santa will ar­rive on Sun­day De­cem­ber 16 in a most un­usual way. Macroom is well known for its Buf­falo cheese, and one of those buffaloes will have the star­ring role in Car­ri­g­an­ima when he will help Santa on his merry way to the pub.

It should make for an ex­cep­tional en­trance and sets up a very fes­tive at­mos­phere.

On Fri­day, De­cem­ber 21 an Ir­ish Tra­di­tional Night as a fundraiser for Parkin­sons is planned for The Pub and Wil­lie’s Coun­try Road­show will take place there on St. Stephen’s night. There’s also a Mur­phy’s Party night out on De­cem­ber 27 with ‘Lit­tle Crea­tures’.

Through­out the run-up to Christ­mas Drom­leigh NS is hold­ing its an­nual Christ­mas raf­fle fundraiser. Tick­ets are avail­able at Dromey’s Bar, Drom­carra and The Kilmichael Bar. There’s a won­der­ful ar­ray of cash prizes, ham­pers and vouch­ers on of­fer and your sup­port would be ap­pre­ci­ated.

Fur­ther ahead, the an­nual Macroom plough­ing match will be held on Sun­day, Jan­uary 6, 2019 on the lands of Martin Healy Car­ri­gathou, Coach­ford, weather per­mit­ting. The start­ing time is 11.30am.

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