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.


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

1916 Step Back In Time school & group booking

1916 Step Back In Time school & group booking now being taking for the week of Monday 4th - Friday 8th April re-enactors will take you through the exhibition, the big house scene, film footage and activities. This is an engaging interactive experience, an unique way to hear all about 1916 Early Booking essential.

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.