"Athenry, Co. Galway." Athenry by pfsmalo

Athenry Travel Guide: 24 reviews and 40 photos

Lying just off the the M6 motorway from Galway to Dublin is Athenry, most famously known for the song "The fields of Athenry", written in 1979 but recorded by some of Irelands most famous bands and singers, notably Christy Moore and the Dubliners. Founded and expanded in the late 12th c by the Normans, although the history of Athenry leads on from the 6th c, it was around 1240 Meyler of Bermingham built the fine sturdy looking castle, and has left the town some of the best medieval walls left in Ireland surrounding the inner town, part of which has still standing the "North Gate"**. It also houses the "Market Cross", the only one of its type in the country. Athenry, of course supports the Galway hurlers who were taking part in the All-Ireland final the following day, notice the bordeaux and white bunting in the churchyard in the 1st pic.
Update : No idea how they do the scoring, suffice to say that Galway lost to Kilkenny.

** I didn't photgraph the gate as there was some renovation work going on plus roadworks in front of the gate made it virtually impossible to get a decent view.

  • Last visit to Athenry: Sep 2012
  • Intro Updated Jul 11, 2014
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    I must admit I had never heard the song "The fields of Athenry", but I have just found it and listened to it on YouTube (sung by the Dubliners).

    • pfsmalo's Profile Photo
      Jul 11, 2014 at 12:14 AM

      Beautiful song, sung with much passion at Irish Rugby matches (especially against England). Thanks for the visit Don.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    The ruins are lovely!


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