Events listing at Athenry Heritage Centre

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.

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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.

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



Christmas Winter Wonderland 2013

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                                                                  Christmas Winter Wonderland

                                                       7th-8th, 14th-15th, 21st-22nd December 2013

                                                     Doors open 12:00pm Last admission 5:30pm


Christmas Winter Wonderland 2013

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. 

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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. 


Christmas Winter Wonderland 2012


Santa & Mrs Clause in the Athenry Heritage CentreAthenry Heritage Centre

Christmas Winter Wonderland

22nd-23rd December

Opening Times 12:00-5:00pm

Last admission 4:15pm       

Admission €15 per child 

€2 per adult

The Snow Queen



Experience the magic of Christmas in the Athenry Heritage Centre with fun filled activities for all the boys and girls. The Centre’s Winter Wonderland commences on the 8th December and runs every weekend until the 23rd December 2012.

Discover a world that sparkles with Christmas cheer in the ambient surroundings of St. Mary's Church, Athenry. Children will be thrilled with the craft activities and themed areas that reflect the Christmas spirit. 

Enter into our Winter Wonderland and enjoy the scrumptious baking activity set amongst gingerbread men and decorations good enough to eat. Wonder through the woodland and plant bulbs for your spring garden and try our special Eco craft activities, which is suitable for all ages. A treat awaits with the Queen of Hearts in her Face Painting salon and if the excitement is too much for the younger visitor, the Tower of Silver is the place to be. So come and meet Santa and his Elves for a Christmas to remember.

Admission is 15 euro per child and 2 euro per Adult.

The Heritage Centre opens from 12 noon until 5:00pm. Last admission is 4:15pm. 

For details contact the Centre on 091 844661 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Further details can also be found on the Athenry Heritage Centre's Facebook page.

Come early to avoid the queues!

Watch our YouTube video and enjoy the best Winter Wonderland in the West!



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