Lee Valley Enterprise Board and Macroom Town Council have created this website to promote all aspects of the town of Macroom and the beautiful Lee Valley in which it lies. Here you will find information about the business and enterprises of the area, the schools and clubs that provide education and recreation for its people and news of the people themselves in the Lee Valley Outlook pages.
For the first time since 1897 Macroom has no local body of elected representatives. The enactment of the Local Government Act 2013 sees the town represented in Cork County Council by six elected representatives for the Blarney/ Macroom district. For the time being, the office will be in Macroom. Those elected for the district on May 23 are Aindrias Moynihan, FF; Michael Creed. FG; Des O'Grady SF; Bob Ryan FF; Kevin Conway Ind. and Ted Lucey FG. Their fellow councillors on the 55 member Cork County Council are, from Ballincollig/ Carrigaline – Seamus McGrath FF, Deirdre Forde FG, Derry Canty FG, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire FF, Dáithí Ó Donnabháin FF, Michael Murphy SF, John A Collins FG, Marcia d'Alton NP, Joe Harris NP, Mary Rose Desmond FF. From Bandon /Kinsale – Tim Lombard F.G., Margaret Murphy O'Mahony FF, Rachel McCarthy SF, Alan Coleman FF, Kevin Murphy FG, Jane O'Donovan FG. From West Cork – Gerard Murphy FF, Mary Hegarty FG, Michael Collins NP, Joe Carroll FF, Paul Hayes FG, Declan Hurley Ind, Christopher O'Sullivan Ind, Noel O'Donovan FG. From Fermoy – Kevin O'Keeffe FF, Kay Dawson FG, Ian Doyle SF, June Murphy SF, Noel McCarthy Labour, Frank O'Flynn FF. From Kanturk/ Mallow – Dan Joe Fitzgerald FF, Melissa Mullane SF, Bernard Moynihan FF, Timmy Collins Ind, Gerard Murphy FG, John Paul O'Shea Ind. From East Cork – Michael Hegarty FG, Noel Collins NP, Pat Buckley SF, Aaron O'Sullivan FF, Mary Lenihan Foley FG, Susan McCarthy FG. From Cobh – Cathal Rasmussen Labour, Anthony Barry FG, Sinead Sheppard FG, Padraig O'Sullivan FF, Kieran McCarthy SF, Ger Keohane SF, Claire Cullinane NP.
Alan Coleman FF has been elected first Mayor of the new body, but with no agreement pact between the parties and the independents, it could be stormy weather ahead for implementing tough decisions during the next five years. The political make up of the new council is FF 17, FG 16, SF 10 NP 10 Labour 2.
The final meeting of Macroom Town Council was a sombre affair, with all the outgoing members, from all political parties, bemoaning the demise of local government in the town. The councillors reported on the town finances, achievements and plans as responsibility was handed over to Cork County Council.
As a final act of the last council, local athletes were recognised for their achievements and received presentations from Mayor Ted Lucey. They included: Niamh Looney Rosnascalp 'in recognition of your achievements at the All Ireland Championships 2014, winner of a gold medal and winner of a bronze medal and player of the tournament at the Sambo competition held in Lithuania'. Christina Desmond, Coolavokig ' in recognition of your achievements at the World Youth Championships 2013, winner of a Silver Medal and European Union Championship winner of a Bronze Medal'. Aaron Ryan, Toames West 'in recognition of your qualification to be included in the Munster team to compete at the Ireland games in Limerick in June 2014 for the 200m and 400m relay'. Jack Curtin, Coolnagara, Coachford 'in recognition of your qualification to be included in the Munster team to compete at the Ireland games in Limerick in June 2014 for the 100m and relay'. Ciarán Ó Lionáird, Teergay, Kilbarry 'in recognition of your success at the 2013 European Championships Men's 3000 metres'.