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.
Benefiting from a collection of objects donated 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. Through their own words, Athlonians recount memories and stories of these times.
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 […]
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.
Here we are introduced to the characters and events that preceded the siege of Athlone. Striking illustrations by Victor Ambrus, dramatic soundscapes and weaponry objects set the stage for the bloody siege to come.
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.
This exhibition highlights settlement in Athlone and along the River Shannon from pre-history to the 12th century. A 3D interactive map of Ireland illustrates how Athlone was impacted by the stages of settlement happening around the country.