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Athy Heritage Centre & Museum
Athy, Co. Kildare
Athy Heritage Centre Museum located in the former 18th Century market house, it traces the history of Athy, the Anglo Norman town on the marches of Kildare.

You can discover the history of Athy from its Anglo-Norman foundations, to the involvement of Athy men in World War 1, which unfolds in an exciting mixture of sound and vision. Also, discover the effects of the 1798 Rebellion, and the Great Famine on Athy and its people and find out about the Quakers of South Kildare and the Kellyites of Athy. Here you can enjoy the thrills and spills of the 1903 Gordon Bennett motor race, which took place on a circuit centered around Athy.

Follow the exploits of the famous Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. The museum is home to the only permanent exhibition devoted to the Kildare born Polar explorer. Highlights include an original sledge and harness from his Antarctic expeditions, a model of Shackleton’s ship Endurance and an audio visual display featuring Frank Hurley’s ?lm footage of the Endurance expedition. Visitors can relax in our 30 seated audio room and view original film footage.

The Shackleton Autumn School was established to commemorate the explorer. Renowned as “The Polar School”, is held annually on the October Bank Holiday weekend. 19th Annual Shackleton Autumn School Lectures-Exhibitions – Film – Drama – Dinner – Excursion October Bank Holiday Weekend Friday 25th – Monday 28th October 2019 For information and booking contact:

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday 10:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 17:00 Sunday 12 noon to 16:00

Saturday Opening - June to February 12 noon - 16:00

Open out of hours on request

For Guided Tours please book in advance

Admission: Adults - €5.00, Students/Senior Citizens - €3.00, Child - €3.00, Family Ticket - €12.

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