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.


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


Kildare County Council Decade of Commemorations Committee


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.



16th Ernest Shackleton International Autumn School

28 October 2016 - 31 October 2016

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.