Preparations are already underway for Macroom's next major event, St. Patrick's Festival Week. Since Easter is falling very early this year, schools will close on March 16 and children and families will already be in holiday mood for our national feast. Macroom St Patrick's Day parade regularly attracts crowds of up to 10,000 people for a great free spectacle. Much hard work goes into its planning and preparation and it is organised by a subcommittee of the Lee Valley Enterprise Board. The overall theme of this year's parade is '1916 - 2016 Centenary' and it is hoped that many schools, clubs and businesses throughout the Lee Valley will participate.
The introduction of 'The Flower of Macroom' competition last year proved a great success. Since the disbandment of the Town Council, Macroom was lacking a figurehead to officiate at important events and now, the Flower of Macroom has the honour of leading the St. Patrick's Day Parade, opening the Food Festival and other events and turning on the Christmas Lights. Local businesses and organisations are again being invited to nominate a female representative to contest this important role. The finals will be held in the Briery Gap on March 13 and the selection process provides a great night's entertainment, similar to the Rose of Tralee extravaganza.
The presence of marching bands is a feature of the Macroom parade and we are glad to welcome back The Woodland String Band from Philadelphia who were missed last year. A group of 140 is making the trip to Ireland in 2016 and will be most welcome visitors.
Lee Valley Enterprise Board 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.