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Athenry is a heritage town, with the Heritage Centre located in the former Church of Ireland chapel which is itself set amongst the ruins of an older 14th century Collegiate church. The centre provides the historical context for the town's development, chronicling its evolution from the granting of the town charter in 1235 through to the 21st century. Athenry's town walls rank amongst the best in the British Isles. Dating from 1310 the walls originally enclosed an area of some 28 hectares. Approximately two-thirds of the original walls remain.
 

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Athenry lies on the Galway-Dublin main line of the Irish rail network, at the junction of that route with the currently disused Limerick-Sligo line (dubbed the Western Railway Corridor). Work is now underway ('West on Track') to re-open these passenger links, with the Ennis-Athenry section due for re-opening by 2008 and the Athenry-Tuam section by 2010. The town received its charter in 1235, and Athenry Castle was built in the same year. In 1241, the Dominican Abbey was founded, a major institution which was eventually raised to the status of a university before being sacked by Cromwellian soldiers. Both buildings are now national monuments.
 
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Athenry Heritage Centre

Athenry retains many of its medieval buildings and features and the award-winning Athenry Heritage Centre (above left) brings this Medieval Town to life using models, storyboards and audio-visual touch screen to celebrate and interpret the town's medieval past. The Heritage Centre, situated in the ruins of the Medieval St. Mary's Parish Church, in the centre of town, is the ideal starting point for anyone visiting Athenry. It profiles the 13th Century Norman Castle and Dominican Priory, 14th Century Town Walls - complete with towers and the North Gate and the 15th Century Market Cross. The market scene captures the hustle and bustle of town life whilst the development and appearance of the town's most important buildings through the centuries is graphically illustrated. It is also the new home to the town's 14th Century Mace and Seal returned after an absence of 150 years.
 
Athenry Castle
Athenry is one of the most notable medieval walled towns surviving in Ireland, owing its foundation to Meiler de Bermingham who built his Castle (above right) there c.1250. The great three-storey tower, surrounded by defensive walls, is entered at first-floor level through an unusual decorated doorway. Recently re-roofed, the interior contains an audio visual room and exhibition. Access to ground floor of Castle for people with disabilities.
 
Athenry is very proud of its sporting tradition and is home to many successful sporting clubs. It boasts one of the most successful gaelic hurling teams of all time, St. Mary's G.A.A. club who have won numerous All- Ireland Club Championships.
 

 

 
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