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Athenry Heritage Centre
St. Mary's,The Square, Athenry,
Co. Galway
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Events at the Athenry Heritage Centre


Athenry Walled Towns Day 2017

Athenry Walled Towns Day 2017


Athenry’s Walled Towns Day 2017

20th August 1:00pm-5:00pm

Visit the medieval town of Athenry, this Sunday August 20th and experience a free family fun event that celebrates the rich history of the town with a programme which is inclusive for all ages to enjoy. 

The event commences at 1:00pm in Athenry Park and there will be a wide range of activities which includes battle re-enactments by the Full Contact Medieval Combat Team, birds of prey with Animal Magic, children’s craft workshops with the Loughrea Craft Club, displays of Anglo-Norman weaponry with Claiomh, Ancient Music present a range of musical instruments from the bronze age to the middle ages, fighting displays from the Irish School of Sword fighting and enjoy the thrill of tag archery with Archery Games Ireland. 

This year’s event will also celebrate Heritage Weeks theme of ‘It’s In Your Nature’ with a range of craft activities from beekeeping, foraging, glass bead making, straw craft workshops and  meet Colin Stanley from the Galway Butterfly Project  Discover a wide range of artisan food producers in the marquee of Athenry’s BIA Lover and meet the stilt walkers of Gliondar. 

The Athenry Heritage Centre will host archery with Dave Hodson, stone carving workshops with Cormac O’Reilly and for the young; the Carrot Puppet Theatre will present two shows in the heritage centre at 2:30pm and 3:30pm.  At 3:00pm, the Town Cafe will host a special event with the Galway Beekeepers Association presented by Professor Breandán Ó Cochláin and Noel Leahy. Each lecture will showcase the history of beekeeping and the use of honey in the middle ages to modern times.

The Athenry Community Hall is the place for the guest lecturers and this year Dr Jeff Dann will present a history of sport in Ireland from medieval to modern times, followed by Murray Lopdell-Lawrence’s presentation the  ‘Gift of Ancestors’ and Jimmy Laffey will conduct a workshop of the Downs Survey between 2:00pm-4:00pm. The event closes at 4:00pm with music by Irish harpist Una Ni Flannagain. 



Cruinniu na Casca


Cruinniú na Cásca is a day-long national celebration of culture and creativity which will take place around the country on Easter Monday.

Experience the Magic of Creativity!

Come to the Medieval Town of Athenry on Easter Monday for a free Creativity and Cultural Day embracing and celebrating all things cultural through the rich variety of Arts & Creativity Workshops, music, song and dance, locally produced film screenings and podcasts, storytelling, Irish Cómhra, and lots, lots more.

Participate in creative fun, have a go at archery, juggling, beating a drum, listen to the sound of samba, get involved in arts and crafts activities, see our traditional crafts people at work. 

This free event is taking place within our cultural and civic spaces; Athenry Heritage Centre and Athenry Castle and working in collaboration with the local community for the use of the Athenry 1916 Community Garden, Athenry Community Park, and Athenry Community Hall.

Organised by Galway County Council in co-operation with Athenry Community Council, Athenry Tidy Towns, Athenry Heritage Centre, Athenry Castle/OPW, Athenry Historical Network, and Galway & Athenry Film Clubs.

This free community event on culture, creativity and craic event runs from 1pm to 4pm on Easter Monday.

Criunniú na Cásca is an initiative of the Clár Éire Ildánach / Creative Ireland Programme 2017-2022


Easter Monday  

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.

Athenry Walled Towns Day 2014 Brochure

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.

Athenry Walled Towns Day 2014 Brochure

The times of the programme are subject to change and all children must be accompanied by an adult.