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.
Representatives of the Briery Gap, Macroom with certificate acknowledging its inclusion in the Annual County Mayor's Community Awards ©
The Briery Gap Theatre was short listed for the Annual County Mayor's Community Awards which took place at County Hall recently. Nine awards, to both individuals and groups, were given out across the three County Council Divisions of West Cork, South Cork and North Cork. The Briery Gap Community Groups did not figure in these prizes but received a certificate for reaching the final stages of these awards. The County Mayor Cllr Alan Coleman congratulated everyone involved in the awards scheme and said it was very encouraging to see the amount of community and voluntary work that is taking place across the County of Cork. Speaking after the ceremony, Pat O'Connell thanked Joan O'Sullivan from Ballingeary for nominating the Briery Gap Theatre for these awards. He also thanked Ann Dunne, whom he said was the driving force behind the Youth Theatre, Pantomime Group, Mixed Choir and Musical Group who were the groups nominated for these awards, and stated that there are more than 300 people involved in these four groups. He also said that it was nice to see these people receiving some recognition for the amount of time and work they put into all the different shows that are produced and performed at the Briery Gap. He also thanked Cork County Council for having the vision to purchase the Palace Cinema and, with the help of the local community, provide Macroom with a state of the art Theatre and Library which are of great benefit to the town of Macroom and the whole Lee Valley.
The Town Hall is currently being reroofed. The last Town Council had accumulated funds which they designated for certain projects before they were disbanded. The Town Hall is one of the beneficiaries and more funds have been allotted to the resurfacing and realigning of the street and parking areas at FitzGerald Street and adjacent to the bus station. That project has now gone to tender.
Speculation is ongoing about the purchaser of the Convent of Mercy. Sale Agreed signs appeared on auctioneer notices in early May. Now, planning permission is being sought for a parish hall and offices at the adjoining St. Colman's Church.