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.


Cecil Day Lewis Literary Awards

The official opening of the Cecil Day Lewis Literary Awards Ceremony by James Durney (Author and Historian in Residence for County Kildare) takes place on Friday 20th May @ 7.00pm in Athy Community Arts Centre. Athy Centre Museum is a not for profit community run project and this is part of our outreach projects.

Information about the award

Cecil Day Lewis Literary Awards competition is an annual event run by Athy Heritage Centre Museum. It is open to approx 150 schools in Co Kildare both primary and secondary which includes Special needs category from children and young adults between the ages of 6 - 18years. Individual entries are also accepted.
This prestigious award for any individual to receive, offers students and individuals the opportunity to participate in commemorating the internationally acclaimed poet, Cecil Day Lewis, born in 1904 in Ballintubbert, Athy. He was a Professor of Poetry at Oxford and in 1966, he was awarded Poet Laureate.

The aim of these awards is to foster creativity and explore the power of the word through self-expression, as the Stories, Poems and One Act Plays can be on any subject. The Cecil Day Lewis Literary Awards opens up the literary world to students and individuals alike and could be the starting point for our future poets, playwrights and authors such as yourself. The impact of these Awards far outreaches the class room; aspects like social integration, self-expression and family involvement are all very much a part of these awards. This is very evident on the night of the Awards Ceremony with the attendance of parents, grandparents, siblings, teachers, local authors and poets.

Consultation regarding Shackleton statue location

Shackleton challenge is well under way with students from Ard Scoil Na Trionade taking part this year - part of our Outreach Programme to Schools/Institutions.

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.



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.