Macroom 2019 - Schedule of Events **UPDATED**


*** NOTE : The Castle Hotel has now replaced the Riverside Hotel as the centre of the Gathering ***

Friday 13th September

14:00   -  18:00            Registration at Castle Hotel

18:00   - 20:00             Cheese and Wine Reception at Castle Hotel followed by welcoming Ceremony

20:00 – 22:00              Irish Dancing Demonstration and Classes.

Saturday 14th September

9:30 -   10:30               Business Meeting and Website Information Meeting at Castle Hotel

11:00                           Departing on Buses from Hotel

The ambush site at Kilmichael. (courtesy of the Auxiliaries website).

The ambush site at Kilmichael. (courtesy of the Auxiliaries website).

11:30                           Stop off at Kilmichael Ambush. Address by Local Historian. The Kilmichael Ambush was an ambush near the village of Kilmichael in County Cork on 28 November 1920 carried out by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) during the Irish War of Independence. Thirty-six local IRA volunteers commanded by Tom Barry killed seventeen members of the Royal Irish Constabulary's Auxiliary Division. The Kilmichael ambush was politically as well as militarily significant. It occurred one week after Bloody Sunday, marking an escalation in the IRA's campaign.

12:30 - 13:30               Visit to Barrett’s Bar in Coppeen for Drinks and Sandwiches

14:30                           Mass at O’ Crowley Castle

16:30                           Returning to Hotel

18:30                           Drinks Reception at Castle Hotel

19.30                           Clan Banquet with speeches from Distinguished Guests

Sunday 15th September

10:00 - 11:00               DNA Information Meeting at Castle Hotel

11:30                           Departing on Buses from Hotel

11:45 - 13:30               Road Bowling in Macroom

Courtesy of Todd Parker

Courtesy of Todd Parker

14:00                           Visit to Gougane Barra Hotel for Drinks and Sandwiches, followed by tour of the area with information from a Local Historian. The name Gougane Barra comes from Saint Finbarr, who is said to have built a monastery on an island in the lake nearby during the 6th century. The present ruins date from around 1700 when a priest called Denis O’ Mahony retreated to the island. During the times of the Penal Laws, Gougane Barra's remoteness meant that it became a popular place for the celebration of the Roman Catholic Mass. The nineteenth century oratory which stands near the original monastery is famous for its picturesque location and richly decorated interior and is a popular place for wedding photography.

18:00                           Return to Hotel

20:00                           End of Gathering Celebrations at Castle Hotel

Booking Information

1-      Castle Hotel is FULLY BOOKED. 026/41074

 Accommodation Rates:         Double/Twin Room:    €110 per Room

                                                Single Room:               €70  per Room

These rates are inclusive of Bed & Breakfast and full use of the leisure centre during stay.  When booking, please advise staff that you are part of the CROWLEY CLAN.

2-      Registration Fees.       The total cost of the weekend including Buses, lunches, Information Meetings and Banquet has been set at €150 per Head.            Please send names and addresses to James Crowley at  and pay registration fees through PAYPAL at

Peter Crowley