Athy Heritage Centre-Museum, Athy

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  • June 9, 2017
    Good on the history of Athy !!!! Tour was self guided but thorough. Interesting artifacts. Staff was very friendly .  more »
  • April 9, 2017
    I came on the heritage centre by accident and popped in to find very friendly and knowledgeable staff. It is the home of a wonderful Shackleton exhibition and also a tourist information office with wi...  more »
  • March 23, 2017
    Pleasant folks showed us the exhibits. This is the only permanant exhibit regarding the Endurence expedition. Nicely maintained.  more »
  • April 30, 2016
    This is a straightforward local museum. It looks at Athy's past concentrating on topics as diverse as the first world war to the area's religious history. There is a fascinating display on Sir Ernest Shackleton and his adventures. The exhibits throughout are informative and well thought through and the audio guides works well. A member of staff, an American gentleman, made us very welcome.
  • May 15, 2016
    It does not have too much up it's sleeve. The Shackleton and WW1 exhibits were OK. However a pro is that you use radio telephones that enhance the experience. It was stuffy and of course it is small but it is a local museum and it is in a historic building so it makes sense. The staff were friendly and it is cheap. Within close proximity of town centre. Town train station is 4 minutes walk and coach stops are very close.
  • May 18, 2016
    Called in to see if I could find out anything about my family who came from Athy the man on the desk was so helpful and telephoned an expert who came down and helped me to find some links. Thanks to Athy Heritage Centre they were very helpful and I will be back for more digging.
  • March 12, 2015
    To Curator /Commissioners having been a visitor to Stradbally area, Laois, October last, I was invited by my hosts to join them in Carlow, George Bernard Shaw theatre to hear Ist performance of Endurance by Brian Hughes/his musicans and narrator John Mc Kenna: it was uplifting. I was then invited to join the tour the next day: it complimented the theatre event and before I left the museum I bought the CD and met a relative of Ernest Shakleton, Barbara her Ist name.Having played the CD a number of times I'm left with the thought that there is a possibility of a 'single' coming from the work if its in your remit to do so. In short, tracks 1 and 13, first and final narrative pieces, and tracks 2 and 14 the 1st and final musical pieces fit this bill: John's diction as he puts himself in the person of Ernest is a beauty to listen to and Brians opening track, as it is described in the accompaning booklet lends for dancing to, among other things while the final track 'The Flag of the Adventurer': 'throw caution to the wind' for you will in the process make more and more people happier and they will know more about Ernest's Endurance. Paddy Kelly

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