Sunday 25 February 2018

MEP on fact-finding mission to Waterloo

John Delea, Macroom Matters

The staff at the Toy Soldier Factory in Kilnamartyra, Co. Cork, received a welcome surprise when Mairead McGuinness, MEP for the Midlands North West constituency and first Vice President of the European Parliament visited it recently.

On Sunday, August 20, 2017, Ms McGuinness was commemorating the 95th anniversary of the death of Michael Collins in Beal na mBlath when, on Monday August 21st, she popped in to see the famous Battle of Waterloo exhibit.

Having been awarded the 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award for the third year in a row the Toy Soldier Factory does merit attention!

The huge diorama of the Battle of Waterloo is made up of 15,000 25 mm scale miniatures to depict the historical and monumental event of 1815 that was to shape Europe's future. Very appropriate to fit into an itinerary where Ms McGuinness was honouring the General who brought freedom to Ireland and also spoke of the imminent changes that Brexit will have for Europe.

All of the figurines in the gigantic display were hand cast and painted using the Prince August range of moulds which are available to buy on location at Europe's only toy soldier factory or online at the website

The model battle scene is breathtaking and is only one of the factory's many attractions.

Free demonstrations show how to hand cast the figurines along with themed workshops for both adults and children to create their own masterpieces!

This is in a working factory with a visitor centre for both tours and birthday parties; perfect for schools as history, science and art all come together!

Numerous quality Irish made products are also available, one of which, namely, the Michael Collins figure from the Irish Heroes collection, was purchased by Ms McGuinness.

The Irish Heroes collection features twelve figures representing heroes, patriots, and great leaders from Ireland's past including Padraig Pearse and Brian Boru. They can be purchased either hand painted or with an antique varnish finish.

A really fun and educational place to visit and in Ms McGuinness's words "hugely impressive!"


Countdown on for arrival of Ireland’s favourite female singer

The Riverside Park Hotel is the venue for a night of music sure to get many excited as Mary Coughlan & Her Musicians take to the stage there on Friday, September 8 next, from 8pm.

One of Ireland's best loved singers, Mary's press comes dripping in garlands:

"Ireland has never produced a singer quite like Mary Coughlan" said The Irish Times. "Her talent is awesome" chimed The London Observer.

"Mary's live performances must be seen to be believed" - that's according to the New Musical Express.

Mary Coughlan and her band are bringing her new show Live and Kicking to Irish Venues Nationwide this autumn.

It is a celebration of Mary's 30 plus years in the music business.

Mary Coughlan's music career has been a rollercoaster and this Live & Kicking concert will reflect that, featuring all the songs that are close to Mary's heart and life.

She has often been described as the greatest female vocalist and interpreter of songs that Ireland has ever produced and stands alongside the iconic giants of jazz on both sides of the Atlantic, Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf. Mary Coughlan is the only singer these shores have produced to rival the greatest of European cabaret and American jazz club blues because of one thing: her unique voice.

Tickets priced at €20 are available at the Box Office in the South Square Macroom, which opens from from 11am to 2pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

For further information please call 026-41174 or 087-1663395. Tickets also on sale online from


Students go head-to-head in big Food Fair cook-off

One of the main focal points of the Macroom Food Festival is a showcasing of the talent of artistic and creative post primary school students in the form of an open-air cook-off, in the town square in Macroom.

Teams will comprise two students and each team will be set the challenge to create a recipe for a dish of their choice, using local produce.

The dish should be nutritionally suitable for toddler-hood (age 1 - 3 years)

Each team is required to submit a recipe, which they have tried and tested, that they feel best exhibits their chosen local produce.

Eight finalist teams will demonstrate their skills in a cook-off on Sunday 24th September 2017.

During the cook-off the finalists prepare, cook and present their Local Produce Invention Recipe.

This year, we've teamed up with Toddle Box to help students create dishes that are suitable for ages 1 - 3 years.

We're delighted to have Toddle Box judges with us on the day to help with the difficult task of choosing a winner. Come join us on Sunday 24th at 2pm & 4pm for the finals.


More great victories and performances for Laochra Óg stars

Monday August 28th: Laochra Óg U12 Camogie team played against Kilworth in the County League Quarter Final last night winning well.

This team is well represented by girls from all four parishes with Macroom's Lily Murphy Captaining the side.

Laochra Óg was too strong for Kilworth on this occasion and now go on to a County Semi Final, A first for the club.

Thanks to team Sponsors Macroom Tidy Towns, the Ionad Cultúrtha for dressing rooms and Colaiste Ghobnatan for use of their pitch. Also, a thank you to Kilworth Camogie team for travelling to us and battling away to the very end, never giving up.

Laochra Óg Hurling and Camogie Club were set up independently to promote Hurling and Camogie to the local children and adults in the area.

Well done to all involved and hopefully further success in the future.

Tuesday August 29th: A very strong performance was displayed this evening in Teerbeg by our U8 camogie girls who played an equally strong Millstreet team.

Both teams showed great skill and determination throughout the match cheered on by parents, coaches and siblings.

A very special thanks to Donal & Susan Mulcahy of Mulcahy Insurances Ltd Macroom who are proud sponsors of our U8 team and tonight very kindly treated both teams to aftermatch treats and refreshments, "thank you".

As always thanks to Nora and Michael Mc Carthy Glenview Motors for the continued use of Teerbeg.

Thanks to Michelle and her team for a great match this evening.

Well done to all girls, keep up the training.

Friday September 1st: Tonight Laochra Óg U12 hurler's played St. Patrick's in the Hurley Cup Final.

Unfortunately we didn't come out on top, losing 3-3 to 2-1 in a really competitive game.

Laochra Óg had the bulk of the possession but weren't able to capitalise on it.

Something to work on for the next day. Saying that, there was a massive change in pace and skill shown by both teams since the last time they met. Well done to St. Patrick's.

We'll be back next year to take the cup home. Thanks to Astra Systems for their sponsorship and continued support.

A special thanks to St. Colums for the use of their facilities.

Saturday September 2nd: Laochra Óg U14 Camogie team played Inniscarra in a challenge game at Ballyangley yesterday afternoon. Laochra Óg and Inniscarra played great Camogie with the ball travelling end to end.

Both teams were tough out and despite the rain it made no difference to either side. Roisín Lynch, Lucy O'Connor and Emily Murphy were all outstanding playing the ball out of defence. A goal separated the teams at the end going to Inniscarra.

We came close hitting the crossbar and were desperately unlucky not to score more on occasions.

Great preparations for our second round championship game were wait to see who we are playing. Well done girls.


Interest all fired-up as Cork international looms

The recent official press launch of the 2017 Acesigns Cork 20 International Rally in town has fired speed lovers up as massive interest builds.

The launch started off with a photo shoot at the Castle Gates in the Square in Macroom before moving to the Riverside Park Hotel where a a large crowd had gathered. There, was a display of rally cars on show outside the hotel allowing the locals to see some of the machinery that will participate in the rally.

This was followed by some rally clips, speeches and the launch of the promotional video for the event. In attendance where Ian Doyle, Deputy Mayor of Cork county, Aindreas Moynihan TD , Pat O'Connell, Chairman, Lee Valley Enterprise Board and Sargeants Brendan O'Sullivan and Brian Hart of the Garda Siochana. With the large crowd in attendance and the success of the launch night it bodes well for the event itself which will take place from the 29th of September until the 1st of October. The Macroom fundraising committee of the Cork 20 would also like to thank all of the businesses and traders in Macroom and the Lee Valley who have generously supported the event and who took time out to attend the press launch.

A total of 16 stages will be run over the two days. The compact route over the two days will have centralised service, scrutiny and trailer park.

The Classic stages such as Kilnamartyra (which Sebastian Loeb stated as being one of the best he ever competed on), Fuhiry, Lough Allua, will be some of the stages being used in similar formats to what was used in years gone by. The Headquarters for the weekend will be the Riverside Park Hotel. It is shaping up to be a great weekend and a huge boost to the area, there will also be TV coverage of the stages and area being shown worldwide.


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