Death and Destruction

This space provides an opportunity for thoughtful reflection as the post-siege horror unfolds. Survival was tough for people living outside the castle walls in the Connaught town. Be immersed in the harrowing sights and sounds of the aftermath of the Siege of Athlone.

Self Sufficient People

Benefiting from a collection of objects dontated by The Old Athlone Society, the Lower Keep houses a rich array of items relating to the various trades and lifestyles that were prominent in Athlone right up to the twentieth century. Athlonians recount in their own words memories and stories of these times. Until the twentieth century […]

Fabric of Athlone

Here you will find an extensive display representing Athlone’s indigenous industries, military history, religion, communication, education and much more. A comprehensive timeline from 800AD to the present day encapsulates the events that shaped the town of Athlone. Learn all about Athlone’s most popular son, the world famous tenor John Count McCormack. Discover his celebrated international […]

People of the Siege

Get up close and personal with the key figures from the siege of Athlone learning the roles they each played and the battles they won and lost. Made from recycled materials, these amazing sculptures tell their stories in a unique and colourful way.

The Siege Experience

Enter at your peril! In the castle’s upper Keep prepare to be brought back to the battlefield. Enjoy a multi-sensory audio visual 360° fim experience. Take a deep breath as you witness the intensity and bloodiness of this bleak and violent time in Athlone’s history.

Pre-Siege

Here we are introduced to the characters and events that preceeded the siege of Athlone. Striking illustrations by Victor Ambrus, dramatic soundscapes and weaponry objects set the stage for the bloody siege to come.

Athlone Castle’s first 400 years

Dating from the earliest defensive structures in the town of Athlone, this space takes you through the various stages of the castle’s development. Inventive displays, hands on activities, interactive games with participative elements combine with locally found artefacts see the story unfold.