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Things to do in Athlone
MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
Athlone is full of music, from traditional Irish sounds through to modern Country & Western and chart music. The town is also home to the largest Drama Festival in Ireland; the 2018 programme is currently in development.
Explore one of Ireland’s richest monastic sites. An Early Christian site founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the River Shannon. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches (10th -13th century), two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian grave slabs in Western Europe. The original high crosses and a selection of grave slabs are on display in the visitor centre.The long and varied history of Clonmacnoise is recounted in an audio-visual presentation shown in the visitor centre. There are also exhibitions that deal with the flora, fauna and landscape of the region.
THE HILL OF UISNEACH
The Hill of Uisneach in County Westmeath is one of Ireland’s most treasured and most mysterious historical attractions. Situated between the towns of Athlone and Mullingar, it was the ancient seat of the Kings of Meath; its historical roots go back to the La Tene period of the Iron Age. The importance of the Hill of Uisneach as a prehistoric meeting place is reflected in the large number of monuments (almost 20) that are scattered around its environs. Around and on top of the hill are the remains of circular enclosures, barrows, cairns, a holy well and two ancient roads, ring forts and tumuli.
DÚN NA SÍ AMENITY & HERITAGE PARK
Dún na Sí Amenity & Heritage Park is a lovely getaway, full of natural beauty. With a series of paths, a wetland reserve, parklands, it is an ideal place to escape to unwind. Whether you would like a walk in the fresh air or a real taste of Irish history,
FOOD & DRINK
Athlone is home to an extensive range of bars and restaurants. From Lebanese to Thai, traditional and modern Irish cuisine through to Italian and Indian food every taste can be fulfilled in the town centre.
LOUGH BOORA DISCOVERY PARK
Transformed from its previous incarnation as a commercial bog where peat was harvested to heat homes around the country, today Lough Boora Discovery Park is home to countless species of birds and wildlife, fish-filled lakes and a permanent exhibition of huge outdoor sculptures. These sculptures give the park an other-worldly feel, created using the old industrial materials of the bog such as locomotives, rail-line and timber, all crafted into magnificent works of art.
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