Macroom

townhall-02Macroom (Irish: Maigh Chromtha) is an Irish market town in a valley of the River Sullane, about halfway between Cork and Killarney.

In folklore the town began as a meeting place for the Druids of Munster, and is first mentioned in 6th century records. It was the site of a major battle involving Brian Boru around 1014, and in the following centuries suffered a series of invasions by warring families, including the Murcheatach Uí Briain and Richard de Cogan clans. In the 17th century the MacCarthy family took control and led Macroom towards prosperity through milling, markets and fairs.

Traditionally Macroom is known as "the town that never reared a fool." In 1978 it hosted the Mountain Dew festival, with Rory Gallagher as the main attraction, and in attendance the then notorious and Irish expat Sex Pistols singer John Lydon.


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