Events at the Athenry Heritage Centre
Phase 1 of the 3D model of Athenry Designed by Realsim.
A movie demonstrating an interactive 3D model of Medieval Athenry which aims to reconstruct how Athenry would have look in the late 16th century, just before the attack by Red Hugh O'Donnell in 1597 who destroyed much of the town. This is only phase I of the project. Athenry today has one of the best preserved town walls of any Irish walled town. This work has been developed by Realsim on behalf of Athenry Community Council Trust, The Heritage Council and Galway County Council and has been funded by the Heritage Council and Galway County Council.
Athenry Walled Towns Day 2014
Sunday 17th August 1:30pm
The Athenry Heritage Centre in partnership with Galway County Council and the Irish Walled Towns Network presents Athenry's Walled Towns Day on Sunday 17th August, commencing at 1:30pm. The opening ceremony will be held in Athenry Castle and officially launched by the Deputy Mayor Cllr. Niamh Byrne.
Discover a programme of events in Athenry Park, which includes a Children’s Heraldry Workshop with the Loughrea Crafts Club, traditional longbow demonstrations with Dave Hodson, medieval history presentations with Dave Swift of Claiomh and join Dr. Jim McKeon for the archeological ‘Dig It’ activity.
Experience the dark side of medieval life with the Athenry Heritage Centre’s torture exhibits. It’s also a welcome return to Animal Magic, with their display of falcons and other birds of prey. Meet the Beekeepers of the Galway Beekeepers Association and there’s a wonderful selection of craft and food producers from the west of Ireland too.
The castle will host a puppet-making workshop with Carmel Balfe and listen to a selection of medieval music presented by Nuada Medieval Duo in the Great Hall, followed the exciting sounds of Simon and Maria Dwyer of Prehistoric Music Ireland. At 4:00pm, John Lusby will present a talk on the raptors of Ireland entitled “Things that go screech in the night” in the AV Theatre of Athenry Castle.
The Athenry Heritage Centre presents at 2:30pm the fantastic storyteller Eddie Lenihan, which is followed by Pignut Theatre Co. with a magical show for all ages. The centre will also host the photographic exhibition 'Whiden Toie - A celebration of Traveller Culture, the Road to Recognition and Rights. This unique exhibition displays Traveller culture, both old and contemporary.
This free family fun event will be held in the Park of Athenry, with other events held in Athenry Castle and the Athenry Heritage Centre from 1:30pm until 5:00pm.
The times of the programme are subject to change and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Christmas Winter Wonderland 2013
Athenry Heritage Centre
Christmas Winter Wonderland
7th-8th, 14th-15th, 21st-22nd December 2013
Doors open 12:00pm Last admission 5:30pm
Experience the magic of Christmas in the award winning Athenry Heritage Centre with fun filled activities for all the boys and girls. Children will be thrilled with the craft activities and themed areas that sparkle with the Christmas spirit.
Take a stroll down Peppermint Lane and enjoy the scrumptious bakery activity. Meet Snow White in her magical garden cottage and make your very own herb basket. Then plant your spring bulbs and watch them grow!
Get creative with the fantastic Arts & Crafts activities and there’s face painting with our vey own Fairy Godmother.
Discover the toys in the Nutcracker Suite and meet Mrs. Claus by the enchanting Glass Slipper. Santa is waiting in his Nordic house with a gift for all the children.
Meet Santa and his Elves for a Christmas to remember in the ambient setting of St. Mary’s Church, the home of the Athenry Heritage Centre’s Winter Wonderland.
Admission to the centre is €15 per child, €10 under 3, €2 Adult
The Athenry Heritage Centre's Winter Wonderland is the ideal place to bring your children this Christmas. Enjoy the magic of this special time in the ambient settings of St. Mary's Church, Athenry. Use our Find Us page for directions.
Discover a world of festive cheer with Santa's Elves and let us bring you on a journey that can be enjoyed by the young and young at heart.
The centre does not take reserve bookings for this event due to the size of the building. We recommend that all visitors arrive as early as possible to avoid any queues on the day.
Athenry The Legacy Images
On Saturday 8th June, Shem Caulfield presented a workshop to a group of photographers of all abilities which would demonstrate the art of taking good images and presenting them to the Public for an exhibition.
The workshop commenced at 10:00am with demonstrations by Shem and a talk about the ascetics of taking good photographs. The group were given two hours to take as many images of Athenry, however only two could make the final selection to be exhibited.
This event was organised by the Athenry Walled Town Committee, Athenry Heritage Centre & Galway County Council and was funded by The Heritage Council, Irish Walled Town Network & Galway County Council.
The 'The Legacy' exhibition will be held in the centre during Athenry's Walled Towns Day on Sunday 18th August.