Discover how the town of Athlone regenerated itself following its destruction in the late 17th century. Follow the story of Athlone over the next 250 years and explore an extensive display of artefacts/objects representing Athlone’s indigenous industries, religion, communication, education and military history. A comprehensive timeline from 800AD to the present day encapsulates the events that shaped the town of Athlone. Learn how Athlone rediscovered its importance following its catastrophic destruction. The exhibition is designed like a patchwork quilt, a fabric of sorts, detailing the town’s eventual growth and prosperity.
“I gave the order for the making of the bridge of Athlone which I finished. A piece found serviceable I am sure durable it is and I think memorable.’’
“Athlone Woollen Mills gives employment to hundreds of people mostly girls and women, whose pale faces and drooping figures bore testimony to the wearing nature of their work.’’
“The military barracks so long the buttress of English power in the midlands was vacated by the British troops and handed over to the Irish army headed by Commandant General Sean MacEoin.’’