Internationally renowned through song, the town of Athenry (Baile Átha an Ríogha, or "town of the river ford") is located 12 miles north west of Loughrea and 14 miles east of Galway City .

Athenry is a heritage town, with the Heritage Centre located in the former Church of Ireland chapel which is itself set among 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 among 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.

Athenry Environmental Network News

1. The Sli na Nlainte walking route is about finished with signage finishing this week. We will have an offical launch with a guided walk by Dilis Clare in February and hopefully if Peter Feeney is also free he can cut the ribbon!! The walk is up pand ready so let people know and feel free to get walking. Starting point is the railway station and there is a map there and singage to follow

2. The Network has been nominated for a county heritage award. the awards are next Thursday 26th and if anyone would like to attend just let me know and I can send you details ...well done all....

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