Athlone, developed on the River Shannon in central Ireland and in AD 1210, a castle was erected for King John of England and the town expanded either side of the Shannon. In 1690 and 1691, it was the site of the Sieges of Athlone, but today the town offers excellent shopping, fine dining, great entertainment and historic sites to keep everybody amused.
Athlone, split in two by the Shannon, lies in counties Roscommon and Westmeath and within the provinces of Connaught and Leinster. There are rail services connecting Athlone with Dublin, Galway and Westport. Bus services are provided by Bus Eireann and Citylink and the M6 runs through the town.
THINGS TO DO IN ATHLONE
Athlone Equestrian Centre
Auburn Riding School
Tel: 090 6474460
Leisure World Grace Road,
Athlone Tel: 090 6494766
Explore Athlone’s beautiful scenery by hiring a bike from D.B. Cycles. D.B. Cycles supplies bikes for all the family and boasts a top class reputation. Tel: 090 64 92280. For further information see advert.
Sometimes, Athlone hosts sporting events at Athlone Town Stadium, Lissywollen Tel: 086 1233053, which is home to Athlone Town Football Club, or Dubarry Park Tel: 086 1732711 in Clonbrusk which is the home of Buccaneers Rugby Club. Athlone GAA fixtures are available www.athlonegaa.com
Cultural and Historical Athlone
We have a lot of interesting cultural and historic sites to see here in Athlone. Such sites include the Norman Athlone Castle, location of the sieges of Athlone.
Derryglad Folk Museum Tel: 090 6488192 is a museum of folk and farm life boasting over 5000 items on display. Open: May–September, Monday–Saturday 10.00–18.00. Admission Fee
Athlone Folk Museum 1 Lloyds Lane, Athlone. Tel: 087 2304195
Drum Heritage Visitor Centre
Tel: 090 6437128. The Centre offers an insight into life in South Roscommon from antiquity to the present. Open: Tues–Fri : 9.30–15.00. Adm: Free. Weekends by Appointment.
Dún na Sí Heritage Centre
Moate Tel: 090 6481183. Heritage Park and Genealogy Centre. Open all year Monday-Thursday: 9.30-17.00, Friday: 9.30-16.00
Wildhunter- Stockist of a large range of fishing tackle, Hunting Gear, Airsoft and much much more. We can give you advise on where to go fishing and what gear to use. Bait also in stock, maggots & worms etc.
Excellent rod reel deals. Fishing guide service available. We can provide a ghillie, boat and gear for a days fishing on Lough Ree. Unit 7 The Diskin Centre, Golden Island, Athlone, Westmeath.
Call for more details. Tel: 090 6470344
Athlone Map and Tourist Information
WALKS IN ATHLONE
Places to walk in Athlone include Burgess Park (with play-ground), The Golden Mile, The Promenade and The Strand.
A “Walking Tour of Athlone” by local historian Donal O'Brien Tel: 085-1015480. Duration is about 70 minutes.
More walks and access to Lough Ree. Outside Athlone, one can drive to Glasson, passing through Ballykeeran via “The Lookout” (800m) on the N55. There is access to
Lough Ree at Portlick. Along the N61 at Hodson Bay and Rindoon which contains a ruined castle and windmill.
Midland Tours, Tel: 087 0929468 - organised Tours from Athlone, including Clonmacnoise.
Count John McCormack (1884-1945)
John Francis Count McCormack was a world-famous Irish tenor, celebrated for his performances of the operatic and popular song repertoires, and renowned for his diction and breath control. He was
also a Papal Count. Count McCormack was born in Drumsna, Ireland. His parents were employed at the Athlone Woollen Mills. McCormack received his early education from the Marist Brothers in Athlone, and he later attended Summerhill College, Sligo. In 1903 he won the coveted gold medal of the Dublin Feis Ceoil. He married Lily Foley in 1906 and they had two children, Cyril and Gwen. He is commemorated by the Athlone Institute of Technology who named their performance hall after him, the John Count McCormack Hall.
CINEMA AND THEATRES
Athlone Little Theatre, St. Mary's Place. Tel: 090 6474324
Dean Crowe Theatre, Chapel Street. Tel: 090 6492129
Passionfruit Theatre, 9 Northgate St. Tel: 086 3338457
IMC Cinema Athlone, Tel: 090 6476655
Athlone Art Studios and Gallery,
Abbey Road, Athlone Tel: 090 6442130