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A breif look into the history and culture of Athlone.

A breif look into the history and culture of Athlone.

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  • My Home Town Athlone ( Baile Átha Luain ) Ireland
  • Introduction
    • “ Baile Átha Luain ” meaning Town of the Ford of Luan .
    • One of the largest towns in central Ireland .
    • Population of 17,544 approx.
    • Governed by an elected town council which elects a Mayor.
    • Commuter town to Dublin.
    • Twin town is Chateaubriant, France.
    • Radisson SAS on the Banks of the River Shannon
  • Location
    • Located in central Ireland.
    • Lies on the banks of the River Shannon.
    • Situated on the N6 road connecting Galway to Dublin.
  • History Athlone Castle and Warfare
    • At the end of the 12 th century the Anglo-Normans constructed a motte-and-bailey fortification on the River Shannon.
    • Athlone Castle was built in 1210 by Justiciar John Gray.
    • The Castle was largely destroyed during the Siege of Athlone.
    • It was subsequently rebuilt and enlarged.
    • During the wars that followed in the 17 th century, Athlone held a vital position, holding the main bridge over the River Shannon.
    • In the Irish Confederate Wars(1641–1653), the town was held by Irish Confederate troops until it was taken late in 1650 by Charles Coote.
    • 40 years later, during the Williamite War in Ireland, the town was again of central strategic importance, being one of the Jacobite strongholds, after they had retreated west after the Battle of the Boyne.
    • Athlone saw a further assault by the troops of King William III.
    • The current bridge was built in the 19th century to replace the old bridge.
    • It was proposed in the É ire Nua programme to make Athlone the capital city of the Ireland.
  • History Custume Barracks
    • Occupies a large area of the west bank of the Shannon.
    • Named after Sergeant Custume:
      • In the 1691 Siege he led a dozen volunteers, under the Dutch guns to tear down the wooden bridge and prevent them reaching the castle.
    • The Barracks is today the headquarters of the Western Command of the Irish Defense Forces.
    • The Army No. 4 Band was formed in 1936 and has been located at Custume Barracks, Athlone since that time.
  • Music, Theatre and Culture
    • There are two theatres in Athlone which are:
      • The Dean Crowe Theatre and Arts Centre
      • The Little Theatre
    • The RT É All-Ireland Drama Festival takes place annually which hosts:
      • street theatre
      • art exhibitions
      • workshops
      • events for young people
    • Count John McCormack was born in Athlone and an annual festival celebrates this world renowned tenor.
    • Athlone School of Music opened in October 2005 it is:
      • grant aided
      • aimed at developing music education and services
    • St Peter and Paul's Church (Roman Catholic) is located on the west bank of the River Shannon.
    • Hot air Balloons over Athlone Town
  • Tourism and Amenities
    • Lough Ree, the largest lake on the Shannon, is a short distance from Athlone and hosts:
      • Lough Ree Yacht Club
    • Lough Ree and the River Shannon are popular among:
      • anglers
      • birdwatchers
      • swimmers
      • pleasure craft
    • Athlone is the main retail centre in the Midlands.
    • It hosts many Hotels including:
      • Radisson SAS
      • Prince of Wales
      • Shamrock Lodge
    • Athlone Town Centre hosts:
      • two internal streets
      • 54 shops
      • Sheraton Hotel
      • Is the largest shopping centre, outside Dublin
    • Athlone Town Centre
    • There is a wide variety of Shops and Restaurants.
    • Sean’s Bar is located behind the Castle:
      • It is listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest pub in the British and Irish Isles
    • Other popular attractions for visitors include:
      • Glendeer Open Farm
      • Viking Cruise of the Shannon
      • Clonmacnoise monastery
  • Education & industry
    • Athlone's major employers include companies such as:
      • É lan (pharmaceuticals )
      • Bioclin Laboratories (pharmaceuticals)
      • Ericsson (telecommunications)
      • Tyco Health Care (medical equipment)
      • Aleinware (computer hardware)
      • Athlone Extrusions (polymers)
    • Athlone is the regional centre for a large number of state and semi-state organisations such as:
      • Department of Education and Science
      • State Examinations Commission
      • Revenue Commissioner
    • Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) is the regional third level college:
      • AIT harbors ambitions of attaining university status
    • Athlone Institute of Technology
  • Sports
    • As well as having a Regional Sports Centre, Athlone has a variety of sporting organisations :
      • Athlone Boat Club
      • Athlone Town Association Football Club
      • Buccaneers Rugby Club
      • Athlone GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) Club
      • Lough Ree Yacht Club
      • Athlone Basketball Club
      • Athlone Cricket Club
      • Triathlon
    • Athlone will host the European Triathlon Championships in 2010
    • Tour of Ireland
    Temple Villa Underage Soccer Athlone Triathlon 2008
  • Transport
    • As a central location Athlone is a hub for transport.
    • Situated on the main Galway to Dublin rail line.
    • Bus Eireann the national bus operator:
      • hourly service to Dublin and Galway
      • covers most towns and city's in the country
    • Taxi service is widely available throughout the area.
  • Ciara Preston AIT Ireland © 2008