Joining / Renewing Membership for 2014

Why not join or renew your membership with us online! Or Gift Membership for the year to a person with an interest in Offaly! For more information check out our MEMBERSHIP AREA.

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Society Excursion to Athlone Castle

Sunday 22 June visit to the new Athlone Castle centre at 3 pm followed by supper in Athlone . Our castle guide is Dr Harman Murtagh. After a busy April and May we have just one event in June and that is a trip to see the newly refurbished Athlone Castle and the adjoining gallery. The tour will commence at Athlone Castle at 3pm and will be led by Dr Harman Murtagh, President of the Irish Military History Society and a native of Athlone. He is an expert on the castle and the town of Athlone and was very much involved in the €3m refurbishment completed last year. The castle was threatened with demolition in the 1960s so take heart from such efforts and new thinking. The cost of the visit including tea and scones is €6 50 per head. Please email or ring to confirm that you are coming. We can meet at 2pm at the Offaly History Centre to pool cars and provide lifts as may be needed. Following state of the art renovations Athlone Castle Visitor Centre reopened in November 2012. There are now eight new exhibition spaces that tell the colourful history of Athlone and the surrounding area. The spaces are filled with audio visual presentations, interactive touch screens, atmospheric audioscapes, empathised human characters, hands on games, replica weapons, illustrations and sculptures that bring to life the vibrant history of the town. The visitor will learn about the early settlement in the area, the formation of the castle here and become immersed in the famous siege of Athlone through a cinematic experience while going on then to learn about Athlone in the modern era. There is something for all ages, interactive games, weapons, life size soldiers and a dramatic film as well as a range of artefacts that highlights life in Athlone in more recent centuries. Outside there are great viewing points that show off Athlone town, the River Shannon and the great architecture that exists around the castle. Come and see Athlone Castle Visitor Centre and explore, engage and enjoy.

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100 quirky facts about County Offaly

Limited stock remains of this informative gem:

Did you know…..? 100 quirky facts about County Offaly

Buy it now for €10 + P&P


 

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Engage 2013 Patrick StreetEngage with Architecture 2013; Mapping Towns : Patrick St. Tullamore

This project is a result of co-operation with OHAS, Transition year students of Tullamore College and Kenny Lyons and Associates Architects.

The main aim of the project was to survey the levels of occupancy of Patrick Street and to consider the results with the proposals on how to improve Patrick Street streets-cape. Check out the findings!

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