Athenry Heritage Centre

St. Mary's,The Square, Athenry,

Co. Galway

T: +353 (0)91 844661



Athenry - Our Medieval Town

The name of the town is an Irish one, Baile Atha an Riogh, thus indicating that the ford there must have been of importance in pre-Norman times. As no kings of any note are known to have been connected with the area at any time, the name should perhaps be translated as 'River Ford' rather than as 'Kings Ford', rige being an ancient Indo-European word associated with rivers. The river at Athenry is 'The Clareen' which, in turn, gives its name to Clarenbridge where it enters the sea.


For lots more detail you can visit the Athenry Heritage Centre, but remember to join us for your lunch, or dinner at The New Park Hotel


Lady Gregory Heritage Trail

Various sites between Athenry, Loughrea and Gort


Follow in the footsteps of two of Ireland’s most influential literary figures and see the landscapes, sites and people who inspired some of their greatest works.


Start at St Brendan’s Cathedral in Loughrea following the trail loop to Gort and back taking in sights including Coole Park, Thoor Ballykee and Killinane Graveyard.


Discover more at the Lady Gregory & Yeats Heritage Trail website




Athenry Castle

Athenry Castle Galway was built in 1249 ,The castle was restored in 2005 using the building techniques which would have been used when the castle was built. There are guided tours during the summer.


Athenry Heritage Centre - Athenry, Galway


The Athenry Heritage Centre is the ideal starting point to discover the best preserved medieval town in Ireland. Visitors both young and old can experience this history with interactive exhibits of weaponry, armor, dressing up in medieval costume and Have-A-Go Archery.





Dunsandle Castle & Woods

The De Burgo family (one of the original tribes of Galway) built Dunsandle Castle in 15th Century. Later extended into a grand manor house it still retains many original features including the banqueting hall, secret chamber and killing room.


The castle sits in 20 acres with beautiful woodland and riverside paths to explore. More daring visitors can put their heads in the stocks for souvenir photos. Themed events are held throughout the summer months.



Turoe Pet Farm - Ballaun

Walk around the 14 acre park feeding and cuddling the animals. Meet sheep, goats, rabbits, ponies, pigs, donkeys… even llamas and alpacas! If your little ones have any energy left there is a fantastic outdoor play area with swings, slides and see-saws.


Turoe Pet Farm has a lovely picnic area and coffee shop to recharge your batteries..



Fields of Athenry by Pete St. John

"The Fields of Athenry" is an Irish folk ballad set during the Great Irish Famine (1845–1850) about a fictional man named Michael from near Athenry in County Galway who has been sentenced to transportation to Botany Bay, Australia, for stealing food for his starving family.


Sang as an Irish Anthem Worldwide at nearly every sporting Venue this song that feels like it was written centuries ago is a relatively new song written in the 1970's by Pete St. John and first recorded by Danny Doyle in 1979



Athenry Golf Club

Athenry Golf Club is a mixture of parkland and heathland built on a limestone base against the backdrop of a large forest giving excellent drainage and remaining playable all year round. Why not organise a four ball and stay with us at The New Park Hotel for a weekend we will help you book and recommend other fine Golf Course in Galway.



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