Art and the Vote – Schools Poster Competition

Attention all 5th & 6th Class Students in Westmeath!

Athlone Castle and Luan Gallery are celebrating the one hundred year anniversary of Irish women first winning the right to vote, and we would like to invite students to get involved!

Irish women’s suffrage campaign art competition

To commemorate the centenary of the first granting of votes to women in 1918, we are exploring the Irish women’s suffrage campaign through the art it produced. Irish suffragists created posters, pictures, and cartoons to display to the public to try and convince them to allow women to have a vote. We are inviting students to produce their own posters responding to this theme and enter them in our competition for a chance to win some great prizes.

Students from all 5th and 6th classes from schools in Co. Westmeath are invited to design a poster or cartoon that they think would have helped to persuade people to give women the vote back in 1918.

Irish women’s suffrage campaign art competition

A 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winner will be announced on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and by contact with the schools involved. There will also be some prizes for a number of Highly Commended entries.
Prizes include fantastic art supplies packs to the values of €50.00, €40.00, and €30.00, brilliant books, and family passes for admission to Athlone Castle Visitor Centre. Each school which enters the competition will also be entered into a draw to win a free school tour for their class to Athlone Castle!

A prize giving ceremony will take place in Athlone Castle at 2pm on Saturday 17th November. The winning entries, and a number of highly commended choices, will go on public display in the reception area of Athlone Castle Visitor Centre until the 30th of November.

Irish women’s suffrage campaign art competition

Join us in being part of the centenary celebrations of one hundred years since women first won the right to vote!

Entries can be posted to:

Art and the Vote Competition,
Athlone Castle Visitor Centre,
St. Peter’s Square,

The closing date for entries is Thursday 18th October at 5pm. For further information, please contact

This project is kindly supported by Westmeath County Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

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Celebrate Heritage Week at Athlone Castle Visitor Centre!

Athlone Castle Visitor Centre is delighted to join in sharing stories for Heritage Week 2018, whose theme this year is “Share a Story, Make a Connection”.

National Heritage Week runs from the 18th to the 26th of August, and the Visitor Centre have programmed a number of exciting events throughout the week to suit all ages!

Henry Brady will return with his popular “Walk the Walls” tour, a guided exploration of the castle’s many historical external defence features. Professional storyteller Danielle Allison will transport you to places near and far with stories that are funny, serious, wise, and interactive in her family storytelling sessions. Cultural Officer Donna Gilligan will be sharing women’s stories in a special guided tour of the Visitor Centre focusing on the tales of the women who can be found in the stories and collections on display there.


Shannon Storytellers will celebrate Heritage Week with a major storytelling event in the atmospheric setting of Athlone Castle Keep, and the annual “Storm the Castle” free admission day will take place on Wednesday 22nd August. Special guided tours will be available with paid admission at selected times during the week, when the Castle tour guides will share their favourite stories of the people, places, and objects from Athlone’s history that are displayed in the Visitor Centre.
Pre-booking is advised for these events, as places will be limited.

Queries and requests for further information should be addressed to Athlone Castle on 090 6442130 or

Culture Night at Athlone Castle

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Switch on Culture NightAthlone Castle, Luan Gallery and Abbey Road Artists’ Studios are delighted to be offering an exciting schedule of free events for Culture Night 2017 on Friday, 22nd September.

In Athlone Castle, visitors for Culture Night will be treated to rousing performances by the Athlone Pipe Band and the Army Band of the 2nd Brigade, as well as free entry to the Visitor Centre, and a recital by Poetry in the Park.

Heritage Week 2017 at Athlone Castle

Athlone Castle celebrates National Heritage Week with an extensive programme of events for all ages

Athlone Castle Visitor Centre is encouraging members of the public to support the programmed celebrations for Heritage Week 2017 running from Saturday 19th – Sunday 27th August. This year’s theme; ‘It’s in our Nature’ is reflected in the various events programmed throughout the week suitable aimed at all ages and interests.

Events include; a Walk the Walls tour scheduled over several days will guide visitors around the external features of the castle where they will learn about the defensive development of the castle throughout the centuries. The tours will be delivered by Castle Volunteer and retired Army Veteran, Henry Brady on Sunday 20th August at 2pm and Friday 25th at 11am and on Tuesday 22nd August at 11am with Cultural Officer, Mary Bannon. Guided tours of the visitor centre and museum will also take place on Sat 19th, Mon 21st and Sat 26th August at 1pm.
Cultural Officer, Mary Bannon, will give an illustrated talk about Life 100 Years Ago at 3pm on Tuesday 22nd and it will take place in the Castle Keep.

Manager, Carmel Duffy, invites you ‘to bring all the family along to storm the castle on our annual free day on Wednesday August 23rd. It is a great opportunity to visit Athlone Castle Free of Charge and discover the story of our castle, town and its people. We are open from 10am to 6pm with last admission at 5pm but make sure to come early as it’s always a very busy day’.

National Heritage Week 2017 at Athlone Castle Visitor Centre

Professional storyteller Aideen McBride will be on site narrating her mystical tales in two storytelling sessions for all the family on Thursday 24th August. Midlands Astronomy Club will be back at Athlone Castle for a lecture and a twilight tour of the night sky from 8pm on Friday 25th August with their huge telescopes set-up in the castle courtyard to get the best possible views. This event is weather dependent but you are also advised to dress up snugly for the cooler night air.

Local group Poetry in the Park will complete the line-up off Heritage Week events at Athlone Castle with a performance of sonnets, prose, limericks and song in the courtyard.

Anyone interested in attending any of the castle’s events are advised to pre-book as spaces will be limited. Normal admission rates apply to all tours programmed for Heritage Week with no additional charge for the guided tour. Please note the programmed talk on ‘Follies’ scheduled for Saturday 19th August has been cancelled and will be rescheduled to a later date. A full schedule of events with further details, times and booking information is available to view on Athlone Castle’s newly launched re-designed website: Queries and requests for further information should be addressed to Athlone Castle on 0906442130 or

Guided tours of Athlone Castle and Custume Barracks

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Athlone Castle and Custume Barracks are delighted offer this pilot scheme of guided tours to visitors. Athlone Castle Visitor Centre will offer a daily guided tour every Friday, Saturday and Sunday commencing Friday 21st July at 2.30pm for the months of July and August. Visitors who opt for the guided tour will be led through Athlone’s history in the company of Castle staff who will relay tales of its earliest settlers, legends of its bloodiest battles and fables of more modern times. Visitors are invited to engage with our local expert guides, tapping into their vast knowledge of Athlone and its varied past.

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