Athy Heritage Centre-Museum

  • Famine/Rebellion Room
  • Religious Diversity Room
  • Shackleton Exhibition
  • World War 1 Exhibition


Athy is a designated HERITAGE TOWN OF IRELAND and the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum focuses on the history of Athy and the surrounding area.

Athy Heritage Centre-Museum reopens on 11th January 2016

Press Release

Athy Heritage Centre Museum is delighted to announce our success as a winner at the annual Barrow Awards Scheme.
Our Medieval Town Wall Walking Tour has been a great success in integrating the Barrow and Athy Town into the whole Museum experience.

Our thanks to the Irish Walled Towns Network for their on-going support and to Marc Guernon of the South Kildare Medieval Project, for designing the tour and the artwork.

We congratulate all the winners, most especially Athy's own North Barrow Branch, big winners in the on-going project category, and Barry Keatley for his on-going efforts to have all the community's efforts acknowledged.

Athy Heritage Centre on Irish TV

Kildare Matters dedicated a full programme to the Shackleton Autumn School, the Museum and the Endurance performance.
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Ms Honor McCullough was featured on Irish TV, talking about Arrol Johnson, see link below

View Kildare Matters 36 on Irish TV

Shackleton's Endurance

The retelling of the 'Endurance' story through music and words is an unique and innovative commemorative piece.

Buy the CD online now.




1 January 2016 - 26 February 2016

LIFE ON THE LINE celebrates the variety of existence in the circumpolar Arctic, in the face of overwhelming environmental and cultural change. Photographer Cristian Barnett has journeyed to the Arctic Circle, an invisible line of latitude 66 degrees and 33 minutes north of the Equator. The line intersects eight countries and is home to a rich diversity of peoples for whom the sun never sets in high summer, nor rises in deepest winter. All the photographs were taken on film within 35 miles of the Arctic Circle.
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This project acknowledges the support of KELT and the LEADER Plus programme which is funded by the Irish Government and part-financed by the European Union under the National Development Plan, 2000 – 2006.