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Become a viking as we experience some of the 300 years of viking history on a voyage into Lough Ree or down river to Clonmacnois. A variety of helmets, swords and shields on board. Free viking scroll for each child.
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I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you, however long or short your stay with us here in Athlone. I am delighted that you have chosen to visit our wonderful town and I sincerely hope that you enjoy every minute of it. Athlone is located in the centre of Ireland and is the thriving heart of the Magical Irish Midlands. Ireland’s longest river, The Shannon, flows through the centre of our town which gives Athlone a unique dimension. There are many ways to enjoy the river: cruising, fishing, sailing, diving and many more water based activities. However, if you would prefer to stay dry you can enjoy the river view from many of Athlone’s fine pubs and restaurants. As a destination Athlone has many advantages over other towns in Ireland. In terms of accommodation Athlone offers superb choice and value, whether you are camping or luxuriating… we have it all! We consider Athlone to be the ‘Gourmet Capital of Ireland’ , we have some of the finest award winning restaurants in the country, offering great value for money - every possible taste is catered for. I hope you find this book, together with our '101 Things To Do in Athlone' Guide, to be of use in assisting you to make the most of your time in Athlone. Further local information can be accessed on www.athlone.ie, in local papers or the local visitors information centre. On behalf of Athlone Chamber, I would also like to thank all the advertisers & local businesses that have supported the production of this guide. Finally & most importantly, I sincerely wish that you, our guest, have an enjoyable visit. Please do take the time to visit some of the many attractions in the area & soak up our unique atmosphere. As you decide on your next holiday or business destination please think of Athlone. Best wishes and safe travelling. Carmel Connolly
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Angling enthusiasts come to fish the Shannon and the many lakes located in the Midlands Region. Many walking. I wish them well with the venture. wind surfing and canoeing. In welcoming you to Athlone I hope that your stay will be enjoyable and that you will want you to come back and indeed advise your friends and family about our town. cycling and driving trails have been developed in recent years for both locals and visitors to enjoy. All the new retailing outlets developed in Athlone over the past decade has brought an increased choice and opportunity for local shoppers and visitors and the town is now considered to have a catchment population of over a quarter of a million people.000 students and there is a growing number of students coming from abroad. Mark Cooney . Cllr. Tá súil agam go mbanfidh sibh sult agus sasamh as bhur gcuairt agus go dtíochfaidh sibh ar ais go áthuain sar i bhád. especially from the Far East to study in the Athlone Institute of Technology. Athlone apart from being an important tourism centre.MAYOR’S ADDRESS Cuireann sé áthas mor orm mar Mheara Athluain. has a 3rd level Education centre catering for over 5. Athlone and District boasts a wide variety of visitor attractions and historical sites of note including the instantly recognisable Athlone Castle and down river the Clonmacnois Monastic Site. cead mile fáilte a chur romhaibh. Athlone's position on the River Shannon at the foot of Lough Ree has made it very popular for water enthusiasts including those who participate in sailing. The shopping precincts within the town are all very compact and in close proximity to each other with excellent pedestrian permeability and access to parking and public transport nodes. cruising.Mayor of Athlone 2 . I congratulate Lough Ree Publishing Company for this excellent publication and I am very pleased that it can be downloaded in its entirety in any place in the world.
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It is said that he kept an inn or hostelry on the banks of the river and acted as guide for those who wished to cross the rapid torrent. of this ancient ford. There are several versions of how Athlone got its name.Athlone – a potted history By Gearóid O’Brien he name Athlone (in Irish Ath Lúain) literally means ‘The ford of Lúain’. The castle was built on land belonging to the Cluniac priory of SS Peter & Paul which stood on the west bank of the Shannon. though one source claims that the ford was a centre for moon worship and that Lúan is derived from the Latin word for the moon. In time the ford became known as Lúan’s Ford. The town itself developed as an Anglo-Norman settlement around a castle built for King John in 1210. they may be steeped in romance but they all agree on one vital component the importance. It is generally agreed that Lúan was a person. The generally accepted version of the story concerns Luan the son of Lewy who may well have been the town’s first entrepreneur. from time immemorial. T Regardless of who Lúan was we do know that the ford has been an important crossing point on the Shannon from the earliest times – before it was ever known as Athlone the crossing point was known as ‘An sean ath mor’ or ‘the great ford of antiquity’. Today Athlone is regarded as the Capital of the Irish Midlands and 4 .
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Town Fortifications From the mid-thirteenth century Athlone was a walled town. The Cluniac order (which was a reformed Benedictine order) had its only Irish priory on the west bank of the Shannon at Athlone (from c1150) while the Franciscans built their first friary on the east bank (c1240). Following the destruction of the town-walls 6 . is in the diocese of Elphin. two dioceses. The Cluniacs perished with the dissolution of the monasteries whereas the Franciscans survived despite the vicissitudes and still have a presence in Athlone today.the Gateway to the West. for administrative purposes. to the east. while the earliest recorded bridge was built in 1210. In Elizabethan times two gatehouses were added to the defences of the Leinster town. The first stone castle was erected in 1210 while a permanent bridge was not constructed until Elizabethan times. The Bridges of Athlone A man-made causeway across the Shannon existed at Athlone since the year 1000 AD at least. St. Peter’s. is in the Catholic diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois while St. to the west. two counties and indeed two provinces. Prior to 1899 the west side of Athlone was in County Roscommon but since that time the whole town. The river Shannon divides the town into two parishes. is regarded as part of Westmeath. The earliest bridges (and indeed the first castle) were or wicker and wooden construction and thus tended to be shortlived. Mary’s parish.
Godard de Ginkle. The townwalls came under heavy fire during the sieges of Athlone in 1690 and 1691 and today only fragments survive. Ironically they discovered the very ford which had given Athlone its name and in a surprise attack. Part of a bastion survives behind St.during the Confederate Wars a major renewal of the urban fortifications was carried out. and captured the town. For his services to King William. The sieges of Athlone were part of the infamous Williamite and Jacobite Wars in Ireland. The line of the old town wall is preserved by a stainless steel track both outside and inside the new Civic Centre.000 men under the command of a Dutch General. The Connaught town was defended by a series of earthen ramparts while the wall on the Leinster side was repaired and strengthened. In 1690 the then Governor of Athlone.000 strong Williamite force. In 1691 the Williamites returned to Athlone with a force of 25. they took the town and the castle by storm. 8 . The Sieges of Athlone The most important events in the history of Athlone were the two sieges which took place in 1690 and 1691. successfully defended the town against the might of a 10. while the Jacobite leaders were said to be feasting. Godard de Ginkle was created Earl of Athlone. Col Richard Grace. Mary’s Church of Ireland and immediately in front of the Civic Centre – this has been the subject of much conservation work and is worthy of inspection.
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The Eighteenth Century The first attempt to improve the navigational potential of Athlone came in 1757 when a canal was built to the west of the town creating a virtual island between itself and the Shannon. This was necessitated because of the rapids and eel weirs which abounded in the area of the natural ford – even the Vikings who went on pillaging outings between Clonmacnois and Athlone were forced to carry their long ships through Athlone. 10 . the oldest occupied barracks in Europe with its history dating back to 1697. Today the military tradition is still live and well in Athlone where Custume Barracks is one of the major employers in the town – the military have contributed to every sphere of life in Athlone and the barracks is.In the aftermath of the second Siege a military barracks was constructed at Athlone. Following the outbreak of war with the French Republic and the attempted landing of the French at Bantry Bay a total of eight defensive batteries (or gun emplacements) were constructed on the western perimeter of the town. The town retained a strong British garrison until 1922 when the Free State Army took over the military barracks. It was re-named Custume Barracks in honour of Sgt Custume a hero of the second Siege of Athlone. All but a small portion of the No 1 Battery have been destroyed – the surviving fragment is built on high ground at Ranelagh between the mouth of the canal and the Shannon. possibly. These Napoleonic fortifications gave rise to the modern place-name ‘The Batteries’.
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Nature walk Free access to open farm and playground. Athlone Woollen Mills was destroyed by fire on the night of November 11th. coffee shop. These works also fulfilled their aim to make the Shannon fully navigable through Athlone. Contact us on: +353 906 437 147 12 . By 1851 the first of two rival railway firms had reached Athlone in their race to the West. 1940 putting hundreds of people out of work. These Mills acquired a world-wide reputation for the quality of the tweeds produced and the company received many gold-medals at international fairs. play area and picnic areas. Washing machine and dryer on site. Among the products produced by Gentex were their famous ‘Constellation Sheets’. Glendeer Farm Self . Fortunately during the 1930s General Textiles (Gentex) had opened a new factory on the site of the Ranelagh School. The second had arrived within a decade thus opening up a new era in public transport for Athlone.Catering Apartments Self-Catering apartments with balcony overlooking the open farm with over 50 species of animals and birds. lock gates and weir as well as a major road-bridge across the Shannon. The first of these was the Shannon navigation works of the 1840s which endowed Athlone with a fine quay wall. Today Athlone is surrounded by industrial estates where a number of factories provide excellent employment opportunities to workers from Athlone and its hinterland as well as to suitably qualified personnel from abroad. Each apartment is equipped with all modern conveniences. Restored 1850s cottage . Gentex eventually closed twenty-one years ago but by that time Athlone had a diversity of smaller manufacturing industries ready to take up the slack. The opening of Athlone Woollen Mills in 1859 was a major boost to the industrial development of the town. Though re-built they never regained their status as a major employer.The Nineteenth Century Several great milestones in the history and development of Athlone occurred during the nineteenth century.
Grogan’s is renowned for its excellent Homemade Food and good value. Traditional music every Wednesday. flag floor and a mix of wood and brass furnishings. County Westmeath Tel:.grogans and Nannie Murph’s Sea Food and Steak Bar Glasson. Beer Garden for Parties Weddings. just 5 minutes from Athlone town is this quaint family-run Pub. The cosy low-ceilinged front bar is divided in a traditional manner and has a lovely open fire. etc. 13 .(090) 6485158 Award Winning Pub & Restaurant In the beautiful village of Glasson.
Food. bottleneck-free 120km journey from Dublin. H&M. vases. A daily Bus Service operates to and from Golden Island Shopping Centre. located across the street from Burgess department store. pottery. Mary’s Square.5 ha site behind the existing main shopping street. Eason. Flowers. In the centre of town.. and many more! But there's much more to the scheme than just retail: it ticks all the mixed-use boxes with a new Sheraton 161-bedroom four-star hotel and leisure complex of 12 storeys. River Island. which attracts almost 5. Promod.To its credit.The scheme occupies a 3. bowls. Tommy Hilfiger. Fashion. Giftwear and Household Furnishings. Golden Island Shopping Centre located in Athlone. Athlone Crystal’s new and innovative product development means shoppers can select from several new ranges of glassware. are dominated by Athlone Institute of Technology. it has long been a destination for waterborne tourism and offers extensive marina facilities in both the town centre and at nearby Lough Ree. Fields. Farther in. Mardyke Street.000 full. Located at the centre of the longest network of inland waterways in Europe. Principles . Over 40 Quality Stores. Books. Music. M&S. There is some unique handcrafted giftware at Wood B Designs at Sean Costelloe Street opposite Dunnes stores and Athlone Crystal & Gift Gallery at St. Monsoon. Photography. Fashion Accessories.and part-time students. who give the place a youthful air. It will also provide much-needed car parking for the town centre with 1. offers a quality shopping experience.Shopping Guide The completed motorway to Galway means Athlone is now a comfortable. are Allens giftware. Warehouse. Bernard John. and opens out onto a square facing the new civic centre. But landlubbers would also enjoy a break here. they offer good value in crystal. Over 70 stores and a variety of cafes and restaurants catering for all tastes. 163 new tax-incentivised apartments. etc. 14 .. Health & Beauty. Sports Equipment. belleck china and a variety of Irish gifts. Next. Shops include Zara. Jewellery. which need not detain you. Athlone Town Centre is a gleaming shopping mall built on a three-hectare brownfield site. it has prevented the death-knell drift to edge-of-town retailing and revitalised the centre of town.The eastern outskirts.400 spaces in three underground levels.
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T. the tenor Louis Brown and popular singer Brendan Shine.P. author and newspaper editor who is commemorated by a piece of sculpture in London’s Fleet Street and has a street called after him in Athens. Famous Athlonians of today include Sean O’Leochain an Irish language poet. Senator Mary O’Rourke. John Broderick the novelist who was born in Athlone in 1924 and died in Bath in 1989 – he has a street named after him in his native town. politician and a member of the famous Lenihan political dynasty. O’Connor politician. Desmond Egan poet and writer. Among the most famous Athlonians are: John Count McCormack the world famous tenor who was born here in 1884 and died in Dublin in 1946. 16 John Count McCormack Athlone Author John Broderick .Famous Athlonians Athlone has had several famous residents – from Luain who gave his name to the town to Donna and Joseph McCaul who represented Ireland in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest.
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owner Brian Kelly says visitors like the fact that everything is priced. early-bird tourists from the Netherlands who were soaking up the atmosphere and Guinness. coffee shops. Watch master craftsman Declan Browne and his apprentice Orla Corrigan as they restore rare and beautiful tomes for collectors. This broad range of activities brings new life to the area and a welcome increase in employment. beauty and health care and a solicitor's office. which makes browsing more relaxed. which once revelled in the rather more romantic name the Three Blackamoor Heads. The Mall has significantly added to the critical mass and attractiveness of the West Side as a shopping and business destination. At Left Bank Antiques. 18 . The shops on Main Street would absorb antique hunters and bookworms for many happy hours. universities and dioceses.ie for Athlone and District Tourist Guide on the web. runs Na Linte.as like coming home. Sean’s Bar. bridal and fashion shops. where finds include a very rare Irish silver asparagus tongs and a Victorian rocking cradle. an original letter by Yeats. Booklovers would also enjoy a visit to the nearby premises of one of the few surviving Irish bookbinders.The Left Bank Mall includes restaurants. sports shop. interior design. libraries.athlone. hairdressing. It’s a joy to visit and is filled with delights ‹ signed first editions by leading Irish writers. Charles PZˇrukel and Hans Snoeks. is popular with locals and visitors alike. described the surroundings . Log on to: www. a rare copy of a play for schoolchildren by Sinead de Valera and much more. who moved to Athlone 14 years ago. unlike in many antiques shops. Dubliner John Donohoe. Celebrate your purchases next door at Ireland’s oldest pub. a turf fire and sawduststrewn floor .rough-hewn wooden benches. the only antiquarian bookshop between Dublin and Galway. photography.
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ATHLONE .Stunning waterside location opposite the castle .restaurant & bar .facebook.30.ie Dinner 5.Private dining room available for all family / party occasions with great river views .com/theolivegroverestaurant Open 12 noon til Late Despite the arrival of so many restaurants in the area. theolivegrove.Open every day for lunch & dinner . pasta and pizza dishes to choose from.30pm www. Coffees & Scones from 10.4pm Tel: 090 6476946 Early bird 5.00 pm www.Restaurant also available for wedding & funeral parties - i Bella D Custume Pier.30.10.TEL: 090 6444830 21 .Recommended by Bridgestone Guide 2010 & Georgina Campbell’s Guide . the restaurant offers a great ambiance . HIGH STREET. Di’Bella is the best Italian in the town. beer & wine served on the riverside deck .Value menu all evening excluding Saturday • Brunch Saturday & Sunday .7. The food is truly wonderful with so many choices of meat.Cocktails.30am Athlone Lunch 12. With very friendly & enthusiastic staff.
The seats were arranged in three sections.The Dean Crowe Theatre & Arts Centre This Theatre started life as a parish church for St. The young John McCormack sang in this church in the 1890s. the first as early as 1795 when it would have been no more than a small chapel. After a successful fundraising appeal it was completed in 2002. It was the All-Ireland Drama Festival in 1959 that John B.ie 22 . It was then enlarged in 1809 and served as the parish church until the completion of SS Peter& Paul's in 1937. raised high with some eight or ten steps leading to it. It was a favourite venue for dancing and other forms of entertainment. just off Bastion Street.www. Over the years many of our most talented actors. The altar. under the direction of the Choirmaster Michael Kilkelly. In 1959 it was renovated and renamed The Dean Crowe Memorial Hall and soon became a venue for a multitude of local and national events. In 1992 a decision was taken to refurbish and extend the old Hall to create a modern theatre. In St. The old church appears to have been built in two phases. The Dean Crowe Theatre and Arts Centre is situated at Chapel Street. and in many ways pre-dated today's idea of gathering a congregation close about an altar. Peter's parish.net . musician. comedians and singers have appeared on this stage. in front and at both sides of the altar. Peter's this was achieved by means of galleries. When the new church of SS Peter & Paul was built this building became a parochial hall for St. and over these were the galleries. Athlone on the West/Connaught side of town. was placed against the wall in the middle of the church instead of the end.deancrowetheatre. Peter's parish. The novelist John Broderick described the church "The inside of this old building was most unusual". ranging from the annual production of Athlone Musical Society to The All-Ireland Drama Festival. Keane first came to prominence when the Listowel Drama Group won the Esso Trophy for their production of "Sive". Tel: 090 6492129/6498414 Email: deancrowetheatre@eircom.
15th may 2010 ’Lukers. banter and much-loved traditional Irish stout. Sandwiches. An Ri Dubh R. mirth. Vintage Club . so if you are a little hungry. Shannonbridge was a Mecca for motorbike enthusiasts last weekend when over 350 bikers attended a rally organised by the local An Ri Dubh Motorcycle Club.Road Run. a mere stonesthrow from the Main Street.000 visitors per annum. John Ryan. this years programme will include an outdoor concert in the ancient ruins of Clonmacnoise. with the table set in front of the traditional turf fire at a Victorian Fireplace. One pub of note in the village is Lukers. and great entertainment.The front bar is modern yet distinctive.’ Will this year be even better! Shannonbridge & Clonmacnoise Midsummer Music Festival Start Date: Thu 24/Jun/2010 End Date: Sun 27/Jun/2010 Intimate Music Festival set in wonderful indoor and outdoor locations. and the cosy back room has barely changed since the 18th century when it was built. proprietor is opening a coffee shop this summer to cater for the visitors.Shannonbridge Area Festival/Events A Visit to Shannonbridge at night the picturesque village of Shannonbridge turns into a buzzing hive of chat and good humour with the various pubs offering music. Lots of concerts. Many tourists come to Shannonbridge by cruiser on the River Shannon. indoor concerts at the Old Fort on the banks of the River Shannon and lots of other good things to do and see! 24 . A tourist office is located at the west end of the Main Street. . Now in its 5th year. scones etc to help you along.C. The night. Banagher area Bike Rally. Shannonbridge. complete with live bands was a great success and it is hoped to make it an annual event. . The renowned monastic settlement of Clonmacnoise is some 7 km upriver and attracts approximately 100. kids workshops.lukers will have some home made soup.Sunday May 9th.
ie Relive the Past in one of the Oldest Pubs in the country dating back to 1700 Ceol agus Craic and a Great pint of Guinness Coffee Shop for Summer Months Homemade soup. Barbeque • Make your own • Bring your own Pitch your tent at the rear • Traditional Musicians welcome 25 .shannonbridge. Sandwiches. snacks etc.LUKER’S PUB Tel: 090 9674995 / 087 7415389 SHANNONBRIDGE www.
Athlone Equestrian Centre prides itself in providing a safe and funlearning experience to both adults and kids. Athlone Regional Sports Centre offers a superb six lane 25m heated pool with separate children’s pool and poolside jacuzzi. sauna and steam room.Sporting / Leisure Facilities W hether indoors or outdoors. Co.ie 26 . Athlone Equestrian Centre. the kids can have a wonderful time at the “Kiddies adventureland” Athlone Equestrian Centre was established in October 2006 by Claire Gaffey to provide the best equestrian facilities available in the midlands. Leisure World at Grace Road is known as “ the all weather family recreation centre” where one can try out their skills in snooker and pool. Quasar 2000 etc. Moydrum. Athlone. Athlone provides a variety of sports and leisure pursuits for all tastes and ages. Westmeath Tel: 086-2433609 E-mail: info@athloneequestrian. ten pin bowling. Ideally situated in a quiet country setting yet only three miles from Athlone town.The Centre has a magnificent FIFA size astro.turf pitch and an excellent Fitness suite.
Tel: 090 6492519 All Rooms En-Suite Bar Food Served Daily NEW LUNCH MENU WOODVIEW COUNTRY CLUB ( 5 minute drive from Athlone) Country Club 18-Hole * Par 3 * Mini Golf * Award Winning Par 3 Course * 1122 yds long. Athlone ( on the Tuam Road R362) Tel: 090-6492196 or 086-3575219 Club Hire Available 27 . Bealnamulla. Clubhouse.Higgins Bar & Guest Accommodation Pearse Street. Athlone.a challenge for all players * Superbly Maintained in a picturesque setting * Ladies Competition every Monday Contact.
cycling and driving trails are located within a thirty mile radius of the town. rivers and unexplored treasures of beauty. River Shannon. heritage sites. A Athlone Castle Dating from the 13th Century.VISITOR ATTRACTIONS thlone and District boasts a wide variety of visitor attractions and historical sites of note including the instantly recognisable Athlone Castle and Clonmacnois Monastic Site. Athlone is hidden in the heartland's of Ireland in a land of lakes. A host of visitor attractions. In this guide you will find greater details about many of these attractions. folk and Military Museum and the Life of John Count McCormack. The Castle served for almost 300 years as an extension of the military barracks. 28 . Now a focal point for visitors. the Castle dominates the town and was central to the Siege of Athlone in 1691. walking. it features exhibitions and audio visual presentations on the Siege of athlone. It is one of few ideal touring bases for a holiday in Ireland because of its central location and easy accessibility. for King John of England. Built in 1210 by John de Gray Bishop of Norwich.
Bouncy Castle and lots more * Cosmic Ten Pin Bowling * Quasar 2000 A Laser Game * The latest video pursuits * Snooker Tables * Super League Pool Tables * NEW AMERICAN POOL TABLE * Restaurant and beverages * Wheelchair accessible throughout Birthday Parties.ie 29 . Athlone Tel: 090 6494766 Email: info@leisureworld.Leisure World Athlone “ T h e A l l We a t h e r F a m i l y Recreation Centre” NEW IMPROVED KIDDIES ADVENTURELAND HUGE BLUE SPIRAL TUBE SLIDE WAVY board slide.leisureworld.ie Web: www. First Communion&Confirmations PARTIES are better In Athlone Leisure World “Where the Sun always shines” Athlone Leisure World Grace Road.
its location in earlier times was literally at the crossroads of Ireland where the north/south artery of communication. tearooms. Situated on an esker ridge overlooking a large area of bog through which the river Shannon flows. the Shannon. car/coach parking and tourist information services. audio-visual show. it has attracted pilgrims for nearly 1500 years. Ciaran the son of a wright or master craftsman. Gaeltacht and the Islands.The Tourist Information Office and a coffee shop are also located in the Castle courtyard. Clonmacnois has been a national Monument since 1877 and is now under the care of Duchas. learning. crossed the major east/west routeway along the gravel ridges of the glacial eskers. Ciaran. craftsmanship and political influence. For further details or reservations contact: Tel: (0)90 96 74195 30 . The Heritage Service of the Department of Arts.For further information and group bookings contact: Athlone Castle Visitor's Centre (0)90 64 92912 Clonmacnois Clonmacnois (the Irish Cluain Mhic Nois means the meadow of the sons of Nos) was founded in 548 by St. Heritage. It is open daily from May to September and on request. trade. The site now offers exhibitions.The pivotal location contributed to the development of Clonmacnois as a major centre of religion. guided tours. As the burial place of St.
gramophones and a wide range of indoor and outdoor rural artifacts.Sat 10.com Mother Indian Restaurant & Take Away Best Indian Restaurant The Docks. household utensils.00 a. Mon .derrygladfolfmuseum.com www.Sun: 5pm .6.00p. laundry and dairy memorabilia. Tel: 090 6498658/6492571 Email: motherindia@yahoo. and recently opened: the most complete photographic studio museum in Ireland.com 32 Serving Times Mon . old style 1930's thatched bar and grocery.September inclusive. Derryglad Folk Museum. Including horse drawn farm machinery. radio's.Derryglad Folk Museum This award winning museum is situated in a rural setting where you can enjoy a friendly relaxed atmosphere and view a 25 year collection dealing with the farm and folk life in Ireland from the 18th Century.m. . Athlone.11pm Open Bank Holidays Delivery on Request .m. Curraghboy Athlone. Here you can view over 5000 items in the heartland of Irelands unspoiled and unexplored countryside. Tel: (0)90 6488192 Email: info@derrygladfolkmuseum. Opening Times: May . For further details contact:The Finneran family.
Athlone’s Finest Restaurants L’Escale Restaurant at Hodson Bay Hotel La Provence Fine Cuisine Restaurant at Sheraton Athlone Hotel 090 6442000 33 090 6451000 .
ie for more information. 34 .Locke's Distillery Locke's Distillery in Kilbeggan is believed to be the oldest licensed pot still distillery in the world – in 2007. just like it was in the old days – a real treat for the senses! The Museum is now one of Ireland’s premier tourist attractions and certainly one of the Midland’s most famous. we have started to distill Irish Whiskey again in Kilbeggan. Open daily all year round. Our experienced guides tell the story of how whiskey was produced in Kilbeggan and the restored buildings and machinery bring this story to life. Today. Visitors are treated to a complimentary sample of Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey at the end of their tour. Tel: 057 9332134 or email: info@lockesdistillerymuseum. we celebrated our 250th anniversary! To mark this occasion. our visitors can see and smell the whiskey being distilled in copper pot stills.
Men ?600.ie wwwmounttemplegolfclub. Athlone Mount Temple Golf & Country Club with Golf Academy Superb 18-Hole Championship Golf Course in the hearth of Ireland.com 35 . polished by man” Playable all year around with panoramic views of the midlands. 10 minutes from Athlone Town Full Memberships available.GERTIE BROWNE HATTERS LANE Old World Pub Restaurant Where the Pint & “Craic” is very good Traditional Music in summer months Good Food & Wine in an Old World Ambience Irish Mediterranean Cuisine Tel: 6473077 Tel: 6474848 Custume Place. “Built by God. Athlone. farmhouse cuisine daily. Co. wine licence. Ladies ?450 Mount Temple. Westmeath Tel: 353 90 6481841 E-mail: mttemple@iol. Catering facilities. village pub 100 yards away. Renowned for its natural links type greens and undulating fairways.
Curraghboy.athlone.com Tel: 090 6430000 36 . Drum.aspx • Athlone Castle + Lough Ree Boat Trip with River Run + Derryglad Folk Museum • Viking Boat Trip + Glendeer Pet Farm. Athlone + Claypipe Visitor’s Museum Knockcroghery • Locke’s Distillery Museum.Moate • Belvedere House & Gardens + Locke’s Distillery Museum. Kilbeggan + Athlone Castle • Birr Castle + An Dun Transport Museum + Celtic Roots Studio. Athlone + Athlone Leisure World • Athlone Castle + Clonmacnois + West Offaly Bog Rail Tour • Athlone Castle + Drum Heritage. Athlone • An Dun Transport Museum + Clonmacnois + West Offaly Bog Rail Tour • Celtic Roots Studio. Curraghboy. Kilbeggan + Tullamore Heritage + Athlone Castle Daily tours to Local Attractions web: midlandstours. Ballinahown • Drum Heritage + Derryglad Folk Museum.ie/VisitingAthlone/VisitorAttractions. Athlone + Derryglad Folk Museum.Suggested Tours From Athlone Contact details for each of the attractions mentioned below can be found by clicking on the following link: http://www. Ballinahown + Clonmacnois + An Dun Transport Museum • Lockes Distillery Museum + Moate Museum + Dun na Si Folk Park.
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... you can bring the family or whoever... Manager. Sept (E) at 4.. friendship and atmosphere for the thousands who return meeting after meeting giving Kilbeggan the edge over other events..Westmeath. snack bar and of course the tented bar with live music on the hill overlooking the entire racecourse.Kilbeggan Races Kilbeggan Races a truly Irish occasion An evening of fun at Kilbeggan Races is one of the most enjoyable experiences.. Mon.. The bars are a popular meeting place with visitors and locals alike..m..30p. Phone (057) 9332176 or Fax (057) 9332125.. and are the ideal place for post race analysis as well as a nice relaxing pint. 3rd. An evening to remember at Kilbeggan Races The quiet midlands town is transformed on race evenings into a festival of social and sporting pleasure...... The Racecourse...... 7th August (E) at 5. Fri .m..m.05p.... you can eat..The Kilbeggan formula is made for fun. Sun ... 1st May (E) at 5. the social event of the year in the midlands. You can meet friends.... June (E) at 6.m. Sat ..m.. circulate freely...35p...00p..m.... Sat ..... 16th July (E) at 6..m.. 21st.40p... drawing admirers from every corner of Ireland.m Fri . Kilbeggan. 15th May (E) at 5... self-service restaurant.30p.. Fri ... August (E) at 5. 6th June at 2. drink or cheer without restriction.45p... Fixtures for Kilbeggan Racecourse Irelands Only all National Hunt Racecourse 2010 Fixture Date: Sat. and where you can boast afterwards that it was sheer skill that made you pick the winner! If you are bright. Co. It mingles the heart stopping spectacle of racing over jumps with the laid back charm of a genuine rural meeting.. Evening Meeting (E) Please note that race times may be subject to change For Further details on Group Bookings & Corporate Entertainment please contact: For further information contact Paddy Dunican. where for a few pounds the odds are much better than a lottery ticket..00p. 20th. Catering Facilities The facilities at Kilbeggan now include the Pavilion bar overlooking the winning post. E-mail:Kilbeggan 38 . witty and rich you will enjoy Kilbeggan Races and if you are not.. you will enjoy it just the same.
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Going to the pub . Athlone’s social scene has something to cater for all tastes. Has the best beer garden in town and would be recommended for any night out. cream and jam at Higgins. Have a typical Cornwall tea/coffee with scones..Going to the pub Nitelife . A Great Old fashioned pub with friendly staff and you are always guaranteed a smile.San Oiche hatever you idea of a good night. In the evening join the crowd and try out one of the four bars at The Prince Bar. Sean’s Bar is the oldest bar in Ireland .. Sample the unique atmosphere of Athlone’s pubs.. with great pints and the craic is unbelievable. W Gerties Brownes. It is close to the bridge and has an excellent restaurant “Hatters Lane” downstairs. 40 . located opposite Athlone Garda Station in Pearse Street or try their Crispy Bacon Bagel with Black Pudding and wholegrain mustard cream for lunch..Going to the pub .
The Tourist Information Office and a coffee shop are also located in the Castle courtyard. for King John of England.ie 41 . the Castle dominates the town and was central to the Siege of Athlone in 1691. For further information and group bookings contact: Athlone Castle Visitor Centre at Tel: +353 (0)90 64 92912 6472100 Fax: + 353 (0)90 64 72100 www. It is open daily from May to September and on request. folk and Military Museum and the Life of John Count McCormack. River Shannon.athlone. Now a focal point for visitors.ATHLONE CASTLE VISITOR CENTRE Dating from the 13th Century. it features exhibitions and audio visual presentations on the Siege of Athlone. Built in 1210 by John de Gray Bishop of Norwich. The Castle served for almost 300 years as an extension of the military barracks.
Nuts Corner. Has the best beer garden in town and would be recommended for any night out. Great live sessions. It is situated beside Texas Shopping Centre. This is a great place for a class night out and great talent all round with late bar. The Prince Great place to go and relax with some friends... A great place for parties. 42 . Food served each day... Shack: Words can't describe how nice the shack is. This is definitely a spot not to be missed. have a few pints and then head into the new night club Karma which is part of the prince.Going to the pub . Bang in the middle to town.. with great pints and the craic is unbelievable. Sean's Bar It is the oldest bar in Ireland .Going to the pub .The cocktail menu is one of the best in town and they provide nice food to.. Olive Bar Great atmosphere and a great pint from Eamon. The shack is also a great place for coming with friends as it is such a chilled and relaxed pub. Bounty Bar at the Rugby Club is the place to be when a big match is played there.. Small pub with a super atmosphere. Biddy Mulligans. Live music and pool playing make it very popular. Everything is top standard.. Great location. Traditional Music Session each Wednesday night. It is advisable to come early.Going to the pub The Palace The pub that has three floors with a black and white theme.. Can't be missed.
Athlone Equestrian Centre will meet your requirements. www. Athlone equestrian centre was programme Student/teenager summerestablished in October Our facilities include: 120ft x 260ft show Lungeing arena We offer individual. Hiring out ofashowjumping arenasimply want to relax on Whether you’re seasoned campaigner or horseback and enjoy a quiet forest trek.athloneequestrian.ie email@example.com Phone: 090 6465850 / 086-2433609 70ft x 160ft sand arena Ideal countryside and forest Open: Tuesday to Sunday Forest Treks daily during summer period 43 . Athlone equestrian groups a safe and fun learning experience to both adults and kids. Summer camps Ideally situated in a quiet country setting yet only three miles from Treks – ideal for families orcentre prides itself in providing Athlone town. group and corporate bookings to suit everyone from the beginner jumping arena to the advanced.We offer the following services: Athlone Group and private lessons Equestrian Centre Stable and Grass livery for your horse/pony 2006 by Claire Gaffey to provide the best equestrian facilities available in the midlands.
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The Shack, Sean’s Sunday session, Brideswell, Flannery’s, Shine’s, Olive Bar (The Green Olive), The Bounty and even Bar Metro. If you’re visiting the Irish midlands you should definitely stop in to The Brideswell Session for trad on a Thursday and stick the head into Flannery’s to hear some songs on a Friday. Between those, you should get a picture of what a real Irish session is like. Most of the sessions are traditional Irish music sessions, although most will allow bluegrass and popular music for the occasional song. The Shack is the exception, being an almost entirely modern music session. For the unindoctrinated, here are some basic rules for attending an Irish music session: The first thing you should know is Irish sessions are not a performance in the traditional sense, they are more of a social gathering. Concerts are things performed on a stage facing one’s audience; Irish sessions are not a concert. Irish musicians sit in a circle facing each other at their sessions. The idea is that those in the circle have been invited to be there and are focused on each other and the music they’re making. If it pleases those nearby, all the better! But the musicians only hope is that the music they’re all focused on in the midst of themselves will burn as bright and clear as possible, spreading a bit of craíc and joy out into the world. How that world responds is entirely out of their hands - their job is done amongst themselves. Understanding this, it’s also easy to understand that all the musicians in the circle know the same tunes.This is not amateur hour, an open mic or a jam session; if a member of the circle does not know how to play the
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. but the overall rule of subtlety in an Irish session still applies .. If you wish to participate. Most sessions have a leader or core players who dictate the flow of the session. there is almost no limit to the number of melody players.Going to the pub . so take care not to overwhelm the poor singer! Finally. Irish sessions often play a few tunes and then a invite a vocalist to sing a “song.. On the other hand. whistles. Most human voices cannot compete with the volume of multiple instruments. so should you. not the other way around.it’d sound awful! Same thing with rhythm in Irish music . In a reversal of other types of music. if you are a visitor and wish to participate in an Irish session. In rural Ireland.. your best best is to be courteous and listen to see if the session is welcome to participants. banjos. The rules of participation are somewhat relaxed for songs. spoons/bones or bodhrán to a session.two guitarists playing different backing rhythms or different chords at the same time is going to sound terrible. he or she simply does not play.” The ratio of tunes to songs is usually something like 4 to 1. Therefore rhythm instruments are almost never doubled. This is why there is little or no “jam” aspect. You will often find many fiddles. mandolins and other instruments playing simultaneous melody.Going to the pub . but if you watch a session you’ll see that the players will usually take their cue from the same place.never overpower the melody. please! Imagine in a rock and roll song if two lead guitarists started playing different solos over each other . It may not seem like it sometimes. 48 . Most Irish people are pretty relaxed and glad to see visitors in their neck of the woods. all the melody players must be in sync. Irish music is focused on the melody. One guitar. you the visitor may be asked to “give us a song” even if you display no outward signs of being musical. flutes.Going to the pub tune. Irish rhythm instruments provide variation to back the melody. bouzouki. There is also very rarely a “solo” except by very skilled players in familiar sessions where such a thing is anticipated by all involved.
If you’re French. refreshments on board. Daily trips depart below town bridge.vikingtoursireland. Mexican? They’d love to hear that. Contact Michael Mobile: 086 2621136 Fax: +353 (0)90 647 3383 Viking Tours Email: :vikingtours@ireland. The basic two rules for any Irish session are as follows: 1.com 49 . Most sessions around the midlands are pretty open to just about anything. Viking Tours. sing an American song. 2. you produce some local song from your homeland. live commentary on Viking battles. sing a French song. Going to the pub Relax and cruise the River Shannon on a replica Viking boat to historic Clonmacnois or into magnificent Lough Ree where Viking warbands plundered and pillaged its many islands steeped in religious history. Be subtle. Some traditional sessions are more strict than others. when invited to sing. there is no reason as a foreigner to feel you must sing an Irish song just because it’s an Irish session. and a few are almost entirely focused on singing and modern music. Polish? That’s great. never overpower the melody. If you’re from the states. Not all Irish sessions are traditional. You’ll get a hugely favourable response if.Along these lines. tales of buried treasure on Hare Island. I guarantee it.com Web: www. Wait for some sort of an invitation lest you intrude on a session.
FRANCIS t Radisson Hotel GATE STREET t t t COURT DEV ENI Bus & Rail Stations t NORTH t t t t NE LA t ’S YD LO L RY IA FR CH UR CH t t > ST RE ET GA RD EN VA LE NE LA t St. Church > 50 . t > The Friary t Walk One – The Leinster Walk Commence your walk from the Castle and cross the bridge looking towards Church Street.Athlone Walks Two Athlone Walks – recommended by Gearoid O’Brien editor of the Athlone Tourist Trail. Mary’s Church of Ireland MA RD YK ES T. ST. Athlone Workhouse Buildings CE. IS T NC FRA ST. Mary’s R. The bridge built in 1844 replaced the old Elizabethan bridge which had served during the Sieges of Athlone. C. t Start Here > SH t Athlone Civic Centre TCE. t t t iv r Ri ver n S a Shan o on t St.
Nov – March: 10am to 4pm. Free Car & Coach Parking. For more information call 057 9332134 or visit www. Locke’s Open daily all year round. Tel: 090-6470808 Tasty Sides. Freshly Prepared Salad.lockesdistillerymuseum. Gift Shop. Athlone. April – Oct: 9am to 6pm. Your visit ends with a complimentary sample of Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey . telling the fascinating story of whiskey-making in Kilbeggan.ie 51 . Whiskey Bar.Dublin Road. Crunchy Herb & Spice coating Distillery Museum Kilbeggan This former whiskey distillery is now open to the public as a Museum. The Pantry Restaurant. Located 25 minutes from Athlone on the N6 or take the M6 and exit at Kilbeggan.
The Franciscan community has had an association with Athlone since the year 1240 – they are. Now proceed diagonally across Church Street and continue to the waterfront via Lloyd’s Lane. This stone stood in the centre of the Elizabethan bridge and marked the ancient 52 . Anthony’s Franciscan Church was built in the 1930s in the Hiberno-Romanesque style. at least.Turn left into Northgate Street (so called because it was the site of a gatehouse in the town defences). St. opposite the Methodist church take a right turn into Court Devenish. Note. Continue through this ‘L’ shaped lane and emerge at Church Street via the archway. It is well worth a visit both as an oasis of peace and prayer and for the quality of its stained-glass some of which is quite exceptional. Eel fishing has been carried out in Athlone for 800 years. When you get to the top of Friary Lane cross Church Street to admire St. the eel-weirs on the Shannon evidence of the town’s oldest commercial activity. Here view (through a large gateway) the remains of Court Devenish House built c1620. perhaps. The church contains several fine memorial tablets as well as the ‘Mearing Stone’ which is built into a wall in the porch. the church itself dates to 1827. The square bell-tower is a relic of an earlier church and dates to 1622. The area of Court Devenish once boasted several private schools and a number of church meeting houses. From the Strand there is a fine view of the Castle and the Bridge of Athlone. Continue to the junction with Friary Lane. Mary’s Church of Ireland. Athlone’s oldest ‘family’. also.
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After visiting St. Garden Vale is a fine late Victorian Terrace which was. From the Civic Centre heading back towards Church Street take the small pedestrian route through the Bawn. Francis Terrace. the ‘Harley Street’ of Athlone and across from it is the old Fair Green. This was once an ancient enclosure inside the town-walls where cattle and other goods were kept securely. It was here in a humble house that John Count McCormack was born in 1884. This graceful Gothic building is also worth visiting – the dedication plaque in the church porch is the work of John Hogan Junior. Mary’s retrace your steps and turn right to go down Garden Vale. that claims that another stone proclaimed "Here civilisation ends and barbarism begins". Mary’s. At the roundabout take a left turn into St. founder of Athlone Woollen Mills). At the end of Garden Vale you reach a roundabout. The point at which you exit is the site of the 54 . Before you exit into Northgate Street you will see another portion of the old town-wall. through Gleeson Street (called after Dr Edward Maloney Gleeson. There is a story told. Mary’s is Athlone Civic Centre one of the architectural gems of modern Athlone and in front of the new building is preserved part of a bastion of the old town-wall. once. perhaps an apocryphal one.division between the counties of Westmeath and Roscommon. the Catholic Church built in 1862 to the design of John Burke. Behind St. Continue through this residential area. Continue towards Athlone’s second St. Straight ahead are the Bus and Rail stations. now a public car-park.
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Instead of turning right to go towards the Workhouse take a left turn to bring you back through Northgate Street to your starting point at the bridge. Also located in the Castle is the Tourist Information Office. From the Castle proceed to the waterfront and walk along the 56 . You could easily while away an hour or two in the Visitor Centre and Museum. On your right is the Radisson SAS Hotel – Athlone’s newest hotel where you might like to reward yourself with lunch or light refreshments before embarking on your second walk or deciding to visit Athlone Castle. King John’s Irish Justiciar. Walk Two – The Connaught Walk Cross the Bridge of Athlone and visit the Castle which was built in 1210 by Bishop John de Gray of Norwich.North Gate. Once back on Northgate Street you will be able to see the old Workhouse complex (to your right) – this complex was built to house 800 paupers but at the height of the Famine in 1847 was overfull necessitating two auxiliary workhouses to be called into service.
ST t t CO NN AU GH T > ST. Continue up through High Street and Bastion Street which was once the outer limit of the town’s 57 DOCKS Dean Crowe Theatre & Art Centre t t t t . Take a right turn through St. t ST . Straight ahead is Fry Place and Main Street which are part of Athlone’s ‘Left Bank’ area. SE AR PE FRY PLACE docks.<< GALWAY / ROSCOMMON ATION MMOD / ACCO ROAD GRACE Old Railway Station Ri ve Ri ver Cu s t u m e B a rr a c k s Father Mathew Hall MAGAZINE ROAD n S an Shan o on ROAD St Peter & Paul’s Church Post Office Garda Station > CONNAUGHT G DN S M AR K Start Here t SQ . The spacious lock and graceful weir-wall are evidence of the Shannon Navigation Works of the 1840s. PETER’S PORT . Castle t MAIN ST. Peter’s Port. t t HIGH ST. O’CONN ELL ST. to the left is Excise Street so called because in earlier times taxes were paid here on goods brought to Athlone by barge. ACK RR BA ET t t CASTLE ST.
which despite its cathedral-like proportions is in fact the parish church.defences. In her later years she wrote a best-selling book ‘Bird’s Nest Soup’ based on her experiences. If you have time you could walk the length of Connaught Street and return to Pearse Street via Connaught Gardens. O’Connor. The Father Mathew Hall.P. it later served as a bishop’s palace and later still as an income tax office. It was recently vacated by the county library service and 58 . solicitors stands on the site of the birthplace of T. the long low building on the waterfront on the corner of the town bridge. Ahead is Connaught Street a street which has several literary connections. Continue on through O’Connell Street – the house with the columns was built as the first branch of the National Bank in Athlone. author. It was here that John Broderick (19241989) a novelist who now has an Athlone street named after him was born. Much of this street is to be rejuvenated as part of an urban renewal scheme. journalist and politician. a tragic figure who spent much of her life in a mental hospital. At the top of Bastion Street take a short diversion to the left to admire the Dean Crowe Theatre which started life as the parish church for St. In the square the premises occupied by Tormey & Co. The premises occupied by Higgins Lounge was the birthplace of Hanna Greally. It has several beautiful stained glass windows from the Harry Clarke Studios. Peter’s parish. was the location for some of John McCormack’s earliest concerts – Percy French also appeared on stage here. Arriving back at the market square take time to admire the church of SS Peter and Paul. Otherwise from O’Connell Street turn right into Pearse Street. so too was the contemporary poet Desmond Egan.
Irish Independent. Athlone Phone 090 6498805 Fax 090 6494194 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 200 “I thought it was one of the best Thai meals I have eaten outside the Far East. 2009 kiin khhao thai Abbey Lane.awaits a new chapter in its chequered history. February 2007 59 . A leisurely walk along the waterfront can be taken by following the path along the promenade.net 2009 2007. The salad had Tom (Doorley) making little grunting noises of pleasure” Paulo Tullio. It was built in the aftermath of the Siege of Athlone in 1691 and continues to serve as an important military barracks to the present day. Turn left and past the old Midland Great Western Railway station to return to the promenade.. Custume Barracks is the oldest occupied barracks in Europe. beneath the railway bridge and around by "No 1" (so called because it was the site of the No 1 Battery built to protect the crossing point of the Shannon during the threat of a Napoleonic invasion) and coming back on to the main Galway Road at the canal..just with the soft peddle down when it comes to the heat. On the promenade stands a bronze bust of John McCormack by the Cork-born sculptor Seamus Murphy. January 2007 “Kin Khao Thai is the real thing. Irish Times. It was bloody brilliant” Tom Doorley.
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The target age group for the activities is between five and twelve years. During the summer months. Peak Physique also offers both lie down and Stand up Sun Beds. They have a full range of cardio vascular and resistance equipment together with free weights and olympic press.ie Hodson Bay Hotel Renowned for its family friendly atmosphere. Athlone Leisure World can design the party to give your children non-stop fun and of course lots of goodies to make it a day to remember for no stress. Tone up and loose weight with our new vibroplates. bar & cater facilities.6470975 Web: athlonesportscentre. bank holiday weekends and midterm breaks they run the popular "Penguin Kids Activity Camp" for children between the ages of 4 and 12 years from 10am to 1pm & 6pm to 10. Easter and Summer Camps and the acclaimed Athlone Sports Academy (ASA) for kids. Wavy board slide. Bouncy castle and lots more. Each activity is allocated two instructors who run the activities in a very professional manner.. ten pin bowling..pm 61 Kids Stuff Kids Stuff . Athlone Regional Sports Centre At Athlone Regional Sports Centre they offer a very high standard of children's activities such as Birthday Parties. Let Athlone Leisure World arrange your next event function room. Ph 090 6493184. Contact: Tel 090. Halloween.Athlone Leisure World There is new improved kiddies Adventureland huge blue spiral tube slide. the Hodson Bay Hotel has something for all the family. new american pool table and much more. no headaches and no clean up. A range of family and interconnection rooms are available for your comfort and convenience. Peak Physique Athlone is the best value dry gym facility in the midlands.
with separate areas for kids up to 5 years and 5 to 12. community and charitable organisations. Activities in the three tier play area include ball pools. Westmeath Tel: 086-2433609 E-mail: info@athloneequestrian. corporate and group night outs and also a great place to hold fundraising events for sporting. school tours. You can enjoy a round of adventure golf at Jumpin’ Jacks and complete the evening with a game or two of bowling at Cosmic Bowl which also has an extensive games area including Air Hockey. Ideally situated in a quiet country setting yet only three miles from Athlone town.Tullamore Adventure Centre Jumpin’ Jacks Fun factory is the midlands largest indoor soft play centre. straight and spiral slides. Co. Moydrum. robe bridges and a mix of sound activated characters. Athlone. Jumpin Jacks and Cosmic Bowl is the midlands largest activity centre for kids parties. with a full coffee shop and restaurant facilities for adults to relax and watch their children at play. Athlone Equestrian Centre prides itself in providing a safe and funlearning experience to both adults and kids. Telephone: 057-9322453 / 9360973 Kids Stuff Kids Stuff Athlone Equestrian Centre was established in October 2006 by Claire Gaffey to provide the best equestrian facilities available in the midlands.ie 62 . Jumpin Jacks is situated at Sragh Business Park. Tullamore and is well worth a visit. Our restaurant can cater for large groups including school tours and group outings. Pool and Video Game attractions. Athlone Equestrian Centre. Tullamore Adventure Centre. Sragh Business Park. Jumpin’Jack adventure Golf which opened in June 08 is Ireland’s largest indoor 18 hole adventure golf centre and this activity provides great challenge and entertainment from 5 years of age upwards.
Set on a peninsula bordering Lough Ree. it is set to become the subject of many an oil painting. Purpose Built Conference Centre. Full Catering Facilities.6485120 64 . Central Location. Tullamore and Mullingar. Tel: 090. Glasson Golf and Country Club must be seen to be believed. Moate. Glasson Golf Hotel & Country Club Ranked in the Top 10 New Irish Courses 2004 by Dermot Gilleece (Golf Journalist) This majestic golf setting is snuggled down in the heart of Ireland. Every hole is breathtaking and measuring over 7000 yds from the championship tees it is a true test for all golfing standards. Private Jetty on Lough Ree. It has 29 luxury Bedrooms. A Christy O'Connor Jnr. masterpiece that has all golfers talking. from the Christy O'Connor designed Glasson and Esker Hills courses to highly acclaimed ones at Athlone. Castle Barna. Roscommon.Golf in the Midlands This midland location offers a choice of 9 superb courses. Mount Temple.
amateur made history and is a member of Esker Hills Golf Club.it's well worth the effort! "Esker Hills is one of Ireland's finest golf courses. built on unique terrain where no two holes are remotely alike. The twenty two -year old.Esker Hills Golf Club is a Christy O'Connor Jnr. If you are a golfer never ever pass this place" David Walsh.9355999 65 . The Sunday Times Tel: 057. designed masterpiece. Irish amateur Shane Lowry capped off his remarkable debut on the European Tour by winning the Irish Open title at Baltray on Sunday. 17th May 2009. Spend some time here exploring the ultimate golfing test .
New Golf Academy including Driving Range now open! Tel: 090/6481841 66 . Mount Temple Golf & Country Club is an Irish traditional Championship Golf Course. sculpted from a dry esker site and is renowned for its large links type greens and undulating fairways. This course is a mixture of parkland and links type landscape which will offer all levels of golfers a demanding but fair challenge. At New Forest. has crafted a truly spectacular course that he describes as “…the best course I have yet designed. natural forested surroundings bring an outstanding quality to the course. tees and fairways in the region. It lies in the heart of the Irish midlands just a short distance from Athlone town. Architect.”The undulating.New Forest Golf With New Forest. New Forest is set to take its place amongst the great Irish parkland courses. Peter McEvoy has crafted a true parkland masterpiece. Being situated on an esker gives the course the advantage of being playable practically all year round.We invite you to experience a golf course that is both a joy to the eye and a pleasure to experience. Peter McEvoy. with some of the finest putting surfaces.
“if its a traditional Irish pu b y ou r af te r then this is a must see. 6492358 Ireland’s Oldest Pub Craic agus Ceol B e e r Ga r d e n a t re a r According to the Guinness Book of Records 2004.” 67 . b u t a l s o t h e B r it i s h Is l e s . S e a n ' s B a r i s n o t o n l y t h e o l d e s t p u b i n I re l a n d .Sean’s Bar Main Street. Athlone Tel.
Upstairs you will find a pair of pleasantly furnished candle-lit dining rooms and good food to enjoy the evening. excellent fishing can be enjoyed in the rivers Suck and Brosna and in the Grand Canal. For many years now. Banagher is an ideal base for touring Ireland. He supplies live and ground bait and can provide boats at very reasonable rates The picturesque little village of Shannonbridge offers the potential for the angling holiday of a lifetime. and as a fishery. Lough Derg. In addition. Lough Allen and the Grand Canal. roach and rudd. boasts bountiful stocks of bream. Offaly's unpolluted waters is home to all types of fish-salmon. eel and salmon. Banagher is home to the Course Angling Centre. anglers from all over the world have been returning to once again plunder the incredible array of waters that ebb and flow a mere stone's throw from our front door. "Ford of the Rocks" is located in the Shannon crossing and was originally a small port in the 18th century. which means. The river Shannon is Ireland's major waterway. perch. which holds annual competitions for clubs in April and May as well as September and October each year. It was once home to such literary greats as Anthony Trollope and Charlotte Bronte & also William Wilde the father of Oscar Wilde. It has an open fire and comfortable seating in the large brick-floored reception/ bar area. perch. bream. A visit to Ray Duthic at the Old Forge Fishing Tackle shop is a must for all your fishing needs. Its main attractiveness is it's complete nature made up of beautiful rivers. tench. Brosna. A fisherman's paradise with the River Shannon. All of which can be found within a ten mile radius of Shannonbridge.Banagher/Shannonbridge/Ballinasloe The riverside town of Banagher. The impressive Old Fort is a fascinating place in which to enjoy a good meal. pike and also stocks of trout. 68 . brown trout. pike. rudd. eels.The Old Fort is included in the May edition of Gerrgina Cambell’s Food and Wine 2004 as Six of the Waterways Best. rudd/bream hybrids. For evening entertainment Shannonbridge offers a selection of pubs and restaurants.
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Down the road lies Luker’s Pub, an old store and hotel that began business not long after the bridge over the Shannon was built in the 1700s. After the Napoleonic scare, the town sort of drifted off into peaceful slumber from which Down Memory Lane it now appears to be rising. The pub still has the grocery and pharmacy shelving and bare light bulbs. In an adjoining room, a musician with an electric guitar is belting out pop and country and western tunes, an unusual counterpoint to the picturesque town and its history. Fishing at Lough Cloghan. There are excellent facilities on the lake including a number of fishing stands constructed by the Shannon Regional Fisheries Board. Other facilities include a car park, access paths to the stands and an information board located at the venue. Frequent stocking is carried out by Cloghan Angling Club, which is assisted by the Shannon Board. SPECIES: Stocked with Brown & Rainbow Trout Ballinasloe, Co. Galway has a population of approximately 6,000. The town is famous for the great October Fair, attended by nearly 80,000 over a four day event. This fair has been conducted under Letters of Patent since the early 18th century and is steeped in tradition and history. The River Suck in Ballinasloe is deep and slow - it is probably Ireland's most productive coarse fishing river. There are great shoals of bream to 8Ibs everywhere and throughout the summer bags in excess of 100Ibs are common. For evening entertainment Ballinasloe offers a good selection of pubs and restaurants. The new 4 star Carlton Shearwater Hotel is situated beside the Marina in Ballinasloe, Co Galway. This beautifully designed hotel incorporates 104 deluxe bedrooms, a choice of Bistro or Fine dining in Marengo's Restaurant, the Canal Bar is a contemporary style bar with a traditional pub.
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The Museum deals with farm and folk life in Ireland. Including horse drawn machinery, household utensils, old style 1930’s thatched bar and grocery, laundry and dairy memorabilia, radios, gramaphones and a wide range of indoor and rural artifacts. New Photography section which includes Black and White and Colour production lines from the 1940s. Opening hours: May-Sept, inclusive Monday - Saturday: 10.00-18.00. Wheelchair accessible throughout.
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There are many suggested routes available. Walkers and cyclists have thousands of miles of undisturbed roads. Roscommon Race Course hosts many important meetings during Summer and Autumn. Sacred Heart Church. Strokestown Park House King House Roscommon Arts Centre. 72 . Roscommon. Roscommon Abbey. national and international artists and performers in Theatre. Angling is excellent in most areas while golf enthusiasts can enjoy the sport on many splendid courses. Dance. In the spacious main street is the beautiful renovated Bank of Ireland which was once the courthouse and afterwards served as the Catholic church until 1903.Roscommon Roscommon offers much to the holiday traveller and the more active-minded.Old Infirmary Building.Visit this multidisciplinary arts centre and experience the best of local. The county is three-quarters bounded by water and has the longest stretch of the River Shannon of all the ten counties through which it passes. where visitors are welcome. Circular Road. Roscommon Jail. Film. Library . There is an excellent 18-hole Golf Course adjacent to Roscommon town with a fine new club house. Finally. Music and Visual Arts. Places to visit in the town include: County Museum and Tourist Office. Roscommon Castle. there will be no shortage of festivals and events to add to the colour and excitement of any holiday It is a town rich in historical associations and contains many impressive buildings and a pleasant day could easily be spent just looking around the town.
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Athlone.communitygames. The Athlone festival comes at the end of a gruelling circuit in which over thirty drama groups from all over Ireland compete at 35 local festivals held nationwide from late February to early April.6th.Apr.30th May 2010 Venue: Athlone Institute of Technology.ie Description: This festival has grown significantly over the years and has attracted participants and visitors from around the world It is promoted on the basis of culture and craic.net Web: www. Co Westmeath HSE Community Games National Finals Weekend 2 Date: 13th . Athlone HSE Community Games National Finals Weekend 1 Date: 28th . Athlone. the RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival is the biggest event of its kind in Ireland.dramafestival. Co Westmeath HSE Community Games National Finals Weekend 3 Date: 20th . County Westmeath.May. Telephone: +353 (0)90 6474596 09064 74596 E-mail: harryksmith@gmail. Republic of Ireland Telephone: +353 (0)90 6485162 E-mail: email@example.com August 2010 Contact: Gillian Brosnan HSE Community Games13 Joyce WaySport HQPark WestDublin 12 Tel: 01 625 1188 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Goldsmith Summer School .ie HSE Community Games National Finals. Dean Crowe Theatre & Arts Centre. Athlone. County Westmeath.2010 End Date: Sat 08.ie Web: www.2010 Held under the auspices of the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland.It is held annually on 76 .June 4. Athlone.15th August 2010 Venue: Athlone Institute of Technology.com Web: www.RTE All ireland Drama Festival Start Date: Fri 30.
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cookery demonstrations and the Euro-village where countries will serve up their traditional food and drink and you can learn more about their homelands. family event. 78 . photography and street theatre events. Almost 900 participants from 15 European countries including Finland. The European People's Festival The European People's Festival July 24 to July 31 This unique festival for Ireland was last held in Athlone in 1996. talks. Hosted by Athlone Town Council over seven days. and showcases the wider Shannon region to legions of boating enthusiasts. under the name Euro Festival 2010. Ireland could have an Irish team of over 600 athlete’s across all events. art. music. Portugal and Greece will be Athlone's guests for the week as they compete in sport. Athlone is hosting the 2010 European triathlon championships as part of triAthlone . each evening and at lunchtime. it promises to bring a unique flavour of the diverse and distinctive culture and language of our European colleagues to the town. Cultural performances. The races are as follows: With 25 people allowed per age group per sex for the host country. The Shannon Rally The Shannon Rally July 23 to August 1 2010 is the 50th anniversary of the Shannon Rally. The European triathlon championships will take place on the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of July 2010. poetry readings and a literary tour of goldsmith country. The course of the weekend will see over 5000 athletes from around Ireland and Europe will compete in over 12 different triathlon events.The rally is designed as a fun. with a competitive element. It consists of lectures.the Whit-Bank-holiday week-end. debates. This year the event starts in Carrick on Shannon and concludes in Athlone.
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which will be staged inside a large tent at Dubarry Park. HAZEL O CONNOR AND THE SUBTERRANEANS Featuring Clare Hirst. An annual event in a town with many literary associations. biographers. Hickory Wind Liam Byrne (Christy Moore Tribute). writers. THE UNDERTONES. Comedy and Cabaret acts. MUNDY. The Wireless. Some 25 to 30 acts are to perform at the two-day event and a total of 5. The Woodbines. Hogan. Creamy Goodness. Michelle Slattery. Plus Many More To be Announced Athlone Literary Festival 24 September 2010 .com 80 . poets. Telephone:+353 (0)90 647 3173 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org September 2010 The Athlone Literary Festival has its origins in the John Broderick Weekend held in May 1999.000 two-day tickets are expected to go on sale for the festival. publishers and literary agents from time to time. The Aftermath. The Fabulous Bonker Boys Renegades of Funk. The festival is aimed at readers and writers and all those who enjoy good conversation and good literature. Speakers include academics. The Line up includes SHARON SHANNON AND THE BIG BAND. Derry band The Undertones and English singer-songwriter Hazel O'Connor have been confirmed for the festival. Deep Speed. Saccade Ever27.BIG GENERATOR. novelists. There will be 2 Big Music Marquee's featuring over 25 Music. The festival will be held on Saturday 31st July and Sunday 1st August 2010 at the Athlone Town Football Club. Mad Dog Mcrea. Two Spot Gobi. and organisers are currently in advanced negotiations with other well-known performers. SHANE MACGOWAN.The Athlone Music Festival The Athlone Music Festival July 31 to August 1 This is the first time for the Athlone Music Festival and was only announced last week. wits.
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..............6470011/70022 Al Mezza ...............................6476946 Palace Bar.......................................................................................................6485120 Hodson Bay Hotel .......................................6442000 Prince of Wales Hotel...............................................................................................................................................6473263 Yew Tree ..............................................................086 1717187 KFC ................6444830 Saagar ........................................................................................................................Eating Out - Quick Reference Hotels Hotels Restaurants/Cafes/Pubs Restaurants/Cafes/Pubs Creggan Court Hotel .057 9151312 Mother Indian..............................................................................6448731 Poppy Fields......6450433 Four Star Pizza..................6473077 Killinure Chalets .......................................................................6498658 Kens Oriental Restaurant ...............6492519 Pizza Mama ....................................................................................................................6442600 Shamrock Lodge Hotel ...........................6479850 Bounty...................6476666 Radisson Hotel ..........................................................................................................................................................................6492601 Sheraton Hotel................................................................6498805 Higgins Bar & Bistro .......6474909 Glasson Village Restaurant ....................................6477566 Foodies..................................................6493970 La Strada...................................................................................................6485158 Hatters Lane..................................6470808 Flynn’s Banagher.......................6444009 The Bonne Bouche .............................................................................................................................6478850 Top Deck Bistro........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................6661255 Di Bella ..........6498765 / 087 2336656 Motte and Bailey ...................................... 9630400 A Slice of Life .....6485001 Grogans .6492229 Thyme Restaurant ..................................................................................................................6491119 88 ..............................................................................6472112 The Olive Grove ....................................................................................................................................................................6477777 Glasson Hotel and Country Club...............................................................................................................................................................................................6451000 Carlton Shearwater ..............................................................6485155 Kin Khao Restaurant .............
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