Athy Heritage Centre-Museum


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


Sinead Cullen - Care of Collections Officer for Athy Heritage Centre & Museum enjoying her night at the Clanard Court Hotel celebrating 114 Years of Local Government in Athy, Fri 28th March 2014

Official Opening

A Century of Motoring: The Tale of Two Irishmen - ‘A Company and a Car’

Thursday 20th March, at 7.45 p.m. in Athy Heritage Centre Museum, Emily Square, Athy, Co. Kildare, running until the 17th April 2014 . All invited.

News- Shackleton Photos Discovered, over 100 years old

RTE News- click to open player. Relevant piece 35 minutes into programme.


Cecil Day Lewis Literary Awards 2014

8 May 2014

Entries are invited from all primary and secondary schools in County Kildare to enter the Annual Cecil Day Lewis Literary Awards. The competition consists of students entering under the various sections: - Short Story, Poetry and (One Act Play for secondary schools only). Students can submit one entry under each section if they wish. The competition, organised by Athy Heritage Centre-Museum, celebrates the connection between the celebrated poet and the South Kildare area. C.D Lewis was Professor of Poetry at Oxford from 1951-1956. A talented and humorous man, he wrote in An Italian Visit, parodies on poets ranging from Hardy to Dylan Thomas. His autobiography was published in 1960 and in 1966, he was awarded Poet Laureate.
Trophies, Book tokens and Certificates are given to 1st, 2nd & 3rd in each category. We also award Highly Commended certificates.
Closing date for entry no later than Tuesday 25th March 2014
This year’s award ceremony which will take place Thursday evening 8th May 2014.
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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.