Events at the Athenry Heritage Centre
National Walled Towns Day 2008
Full programme details available here
Athenry Heritage Centre celebrates National Walled Towns Day 2008 with a family fun day in Athenry Castle and Athenry Heritage Centre. The programme will be launched by Cllr Peter Feeney at 1:00pm in the castle and this will be followed by music performed by the Galway Early Music Society.
Other events include battle re-enactments by the Leinster Re-Enactment Society, falconry displays with Animal Magic, storytelling by Clare Murphy and Moonfish Theatre company present a medieval drama 'NOAH'S ARK'. This year's Walled Towns Festival also includes the unique performances of 'Sounds Ancient' presented by Simon O'Dywer in the Great Hall of the castle. Simon will provide a demonstration of Celtic & Bronze Age horns from these times and be prepared to have your ears tested by their amazing sounds.
The other performer is Nemo the Magician who specialises in medieval conjuring tricks and illusions. this is a show not to be missed!
The programme of events also includes have-a-go archery in the grounds of the Heritage Centre and hourly walking tours of Athenry provided by Seamus Lynch.Face-painting in the grounds of the heritage centre
This year's live demonstration will be presented by Charlie Gallagher of Blacklion Crafts and it will be a manned medieval Norman forge complete with real fire, anvil, bellows and historically accurate clothing. There will be live demonstrations of weapon forging technics including the making of arrow heads, rivets, blade cross section, hardening and tempering, filing and sword handle production.
Athenry's Walled Towns Celebration is co-sponsored by
Failte Ireland and Galway County Council
Athenry Heritage Centre presents Redmond o'Toole, Saturday 3rd May 2008 in the Great Hall of Athenry Castle.The concert commences at 8:00pm and doors open at 7:30pm.
Padric Fallon Poetry Competition
Padric Fallon Poetry Competition Entry Form
Galway County Heritage Award
The ATHENRY HERITAGE CENTRE was presented with the Galway County Heritage Award for the Loughrea electorial area for its contribution to the preservation of the unique heritage and history of Athenry and its environs. The image shows Alan Burgess manager of the centre being presented with the award by the Galway COunty mayor Michael Mullins along with the chair of the Athenry heritage committee Madelyn Brody.
Congratulations to all involved!