Our trip was well organized and I was able to discuss the particulars with Vivienne, who was always available.
The whole group really appreciated her attention to detail and choice of accommodations and restaurants. Our driver was fantastic. This trip to Ireland was my third and my best!
Athlone Castle featured a draw bridge until the 1940s when it disappeared.
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Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland
The first real signs of settlement at Athlone grew up in Anglo-Norman times around the castle which was built for King John of England by his Irish justiciar Bishop John De Gray of Norwich. Though not the first castle to be built at Athlone this castle has endured like no other. Today it still incorporates elements of the castle of 1210 together.
Over the centuries it has been the nucleus of the Anglo-Norman settlement; a stronghold of the rival local families the Dillons and the O’Kelly’s; the seat of the Court of Claims; the residence of the President of Connaught and the Jacobite stronghold during the sieges of Athlone. After the Siege of Athlone it became incorporated into the new military barrack complex. It remained a stronghold of the garrison for almost three hundred years.
In 1922 when the Free State troops took over the Barracks from their British counterparts they proudly flew the tricolour from a temporary flagpole much to the delight of the majority of townspeople.
In 1967 the Old Athlone Society established a museum in the castle with a range of exhibits relating to Athlone and its environs and also to folk-life in the district. Two years later when the military left the castle it was handed over to the Office of Public Works and the central keep became a National Monument..
The castle celebrated its 800th Anniversary in 2010.