Athy Heritage Centre-Museum

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

Welcome

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

 Some details of the 16th Shackleton Autumn School Friday 28th - 31st October 2016 booking/information 0598633075
“Explorers' Sketchbooks: The Art of Discovery and Adventure ” by Dr Huw Lewis-Jones
“Triumph from Disaster: Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition ” by Meredith Hooper
“White and Green Warfare in 1916: the story of Tom Crean & Thomas Ashe” by Frank Nugent
“Finding Franklin - The untold story of a 165 year search" by Dr Russell Potter
“What makes a successful explorer?” Mick Conefrey
'Icebreakers' A series of short presentations presented by those with a passion for their subject.
“The Last Husky Dog Journey on the Antarctic Continent” by John Killingbeck
'Life after Shackleton: The Conservation and Travels of the James Caird' by Simon Stephens
“The 9,000 mile museum:Caring for our Antarctic Heritage" by Camilla Nicholl
'Ernest Shackleton and Adrien de Gerlache - A Belgian Connection' by Dr.Jozef Verlinden
Film ‘ Towards the Coldest Place on Earth ‘
Open Forum – Chaired by Bob Headland
Bus tour through Shackleton country.

 

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 Mark Richards : Shackleton Statue
https://vimeo.com/181032381

 Curtesey of culturefox
A century to the day since Sir Ernest Shackleton rescued the crew of his ship Endurance from Elephant island in the Antarctic ocean, a bronze statue to the polar explorer by Mark Richards has been unveiled in his home county of Kildare.
A Naval Service guard of honour and colour party paid tribute to Shackleton’s life at sea, and Athy singer Jack L performed The Wearing of the Green, which was originally sung by Kerryman Tom Crean on an epic trip with Shackleton to rescue their crew in 1916.

 

News

To mark the centenary of the rescue of the 'Endurance' crew from Elephant Island, Mayor of Kildare, Councillor Ivan Keatley warmly invites all to the unveiling of a sculpture of Ernest Shackleton created by artist Mark Richards.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 - Emily Square, Athy, Co Kildare.

Assembly 12.45pm; event will commence at 1pm sharp

Refreshments: Athy Heritage Centre Museum

 

The unveiling of the Shackleton Staute  an

                        Epic  day for Athy 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact 059 8633075 or email athyheitage@eircom.net to book your place for this years 16th Shackleton Autumn School

Walking Tours

 Guided walking tours of St John’s graveyard takes place every Monday 11.30-12.30

Award winning Medieval town guided walking tours takes place every Wednesday 11am - 1pm

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.
Click here to visit the video page

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.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

16th Ernest Shackleton International Autumn School

28 October 2016 - 31 October 2016

16th Shackleton Autumn School 28th - 31th October 2016 BankHoliday weekend

28 October 2016 - 31 October 2016

 Some details of the 16th Shackleton Autumn School Friday 28th - 31st October 2016 bookings/information contact 059 86633075
“Explorers' Sketchbooks: The Art of Discovery and Adventure ” by Dr Huw Lewis-Jones
“Triumph from Disaster: Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition ” by Meredith Hooper
“White and Green Warfare in 1916: the story of Tom Crean & Thomas Ashe” by Frank Nugent
“Finding Franklin - The untold story of a 165 year search" by Dr Russell Potter
“What makes a successful explorer?” Mick Conefrey
'Icebreakers' A series of short presentations presented by those with a passion for their subject.
“The Last Husky Dog Journey on the Antarctic Continent” by John Killingbeck
'Life after Shackleton: The Conservation and Travels of the James Caird' by Simon Stephens
“The 9,000 mile museum:Caring for our Antarctic Heritage" by Camilla Nicholl
'Ernest Shackleton and Adrien de Gerlache - A Belgian Connection' by Dr.Jozef Verlinden
Film ‘ Towards the Coldest Place on Earth ‘
Open Forum – Chaired by Bob Headland
Bus tour through Shackleton country.

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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.