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.


Also opened at Weekends - 
Sat and Sunday 12-4 p.m.


This spectacular exhibition By Endurance We Conquer: Shackleton and his Men ends on Sunday 28th May 2017


Cecil Day Lewis Literary Awards Competition 2017

We are inviting entries from all Primary and Secondary Schools in County Kildare for the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum Annual Cecil Day Lewis Literary Awards Competition 2017 which is Proudly Supported by Bord Na Mona.

Students can enter the competition under the various sections: Short Story, Poetry and One Act play. Students can submit one entry under each section if they wish. Closing Date for Entries Friday 7th April 2017

Download Secondary School Entry Form || Download Primary School Entry Form


EXTENDED  ‘By Endurance We Conquer: Shackleton and his Men’ Exhibition
Athy Heritage Centre Museum is commemorating the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition’s centenary with a new exhibition, ‘By Endurance We Conquer: Shackleton and his Men.’ This exhibition given by the Scott Polar Institute, Cambridge first time in Ireland extended till the end of March 2017. The exhibition draws on original material and images from the Scott Polar Research Institute’s collection and currently has objects from private collections on display.                                                 Kindly sponsored by Into Kildare 
Opening Mon-Fri and on weekends by request.

 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.