Macroom Tourism, Ireland

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Macroom (/mə.ˈkruːm/; Irish: Maigh Chromtha) is a market town and civil parish in the barony of Muskerry West, County Cork, Ireland. It is situated in a valley of the River Sullane, about halfway between Cork city and Killarney. The name in Irish Gaelic may mean "meeting place of followers of the god Crom" or "crooked oak", the latter a reference to a large oak tree that grew in the town-square during the reign of the English King John. Macroom is traditionally known as "the town that never reared a fool." The broader urban area recorded a population of 3,553 in the 2006 national census. The area was at one time a meeting place for the Druids of Munster, and is first mentioned in 6th century records. It was the site of a major battle c 1014 involving Brian Boru. In the following centuries Macroom was invaded by a succession of warring clans, including the Murcheatach Uí Briain and Richard de Cogan families; they built a series of tower houses around the area, many of which survive. In the 17th century the MacCarthy family won control and led Macroom towards prosperity through milling, markets and fairs. This fortune was short lived and followed by the Williamite wars of the 1690s when authority over the town castle waxed and waned between the Irish MacCarthys and a number of ambitious English families. Macroom became a centre point of conflict in the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland. The population was decimated in the 1840s by famine and emigration, the former evidenced by the remains of a workhouse, now the district hospital, and a mass graveyard to the west, near Clondrohid. During the late 18th and early 19th century a number of Anglo-Irish families, including the Masseys, settled in the area; many of their estate houses were burned out by rebels during and after the Irish War of Independence as the town was caught up in a turmoil of IRA activity. From 1976 to 1982 Macroom hosted the annual Mountain Dew festival, with line ups that included Rory Gallagher, Thin Lizzy and Van Morrison.


Discover the beauty of the city's striking landscope, welcome to Macroom, Ireland. After your splendid visit to Macroom, you can proceed to an important near-by city of Waterford. Take a short trip from Macroom and set some time aside to explore the Waterford. Dotted with places like House Of Waterford Crystal, Waterford Treasures - Three Museums In The Viking Triangle, Bishops Palace Cafe; it will definitely be a good idea. A holiday in Macroom can generally be of 1-2 days.

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Facts and Stats for Macroom*

  • Pollution Statistics in Macroom

    Know the pollution level of Macroom before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 7 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 21.43 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 20.24 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 36.9 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 13.1 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 26.19 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 5.43 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 36.9 (Low)
  • Macroom: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Macroom for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Macroom.

    • Burglary and Theft 26.47 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 22.79 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 25.38 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 19.85 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 26.14 (Low)
    • Attacks 26.49 (Low)
    • Drug offense 45.22 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 88.24 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 63.43 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 32.58 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 13.6 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 36.94 (Low)
  • Living in Macroom - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Macroom is 192.39 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 70.81 (High)
    • Climate Index 90.41 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 17.18 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 33.83 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 75.71 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 57.48 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.49 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 113.2 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Macroom

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Macroom

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.28 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.59 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 35.13 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 93.96 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 87.4 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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