Athlone to celebrate Heritage Week in style!

The medieval town of Athlone has taken Heritage Week (August 14th to 22nd) to its heart this year, with an engaging series of events at Athlone Castle and Dún na Sí Heritage Park. Award-winning Dún na Sí celebrates Ireland’s rural heritage with two daily guided tours throughout the week. Athlone Castle is presenting virtual demonstrations, workshops and concerts all themed around their displays and history.

Highlights for children include a Viking Ship Workshop and Collage Workshop to make their version of Athlone Castle.

Adults interested in archaic weaponry will love Longbow Making with master bowyer Jack Pinson of Living Longbows, a closer view of Musket, Bayonet and Grenade with military historian Tóla Collier of Loach Living History, and a look at the innards of the flintlock pistol with David Landers.

Another interesting event should appeal to foodies. It’s an acted recreation of a medieval feast overseen by Lady Susannah of York, the Norman Chatelaine of the household of John De Gray in 1210, at the time when the first stones of Athlone Castle were being laid. The recipes will be available for those brave enough to give it a go at home!

All events are free of charge, but some require pre-booking.

There will be a host of activities throughout the week and full details are available at www.heritageweek.ie.