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The town of Athy, designated a Heritage Town in 1998, has its origins in the 12th century when an Anglo-Norman settlement grew on the Ford of Ae. Legend has it that Ae, a son of a Munster Chieftain, was killed on the site during a battle in the 2nd Century.
Whitewater, Ireland's largest shopping centre outside Dublin, opening soon in Newbridge, is only 20 minutes drive. This new centre includes 50 individual retail units, six screen cinema complex and car park for 1,500 cars.
Today, Athy is a busy Market Town with good rail and bus links to Dublin, Kilkenny & Waterford. The N78 connects with the M9 & M7 motorways and allows easy access to the capital. City West to the North can be reached in only 45 minutes and Dublin Airport in an hour. To the south, the vibrant city of Kilkenny is only 35 minutes away, while Portlaoise, with its excellent rail and road links to the South and West of the country is a short 15 minutes away.
Whitewater, Ireland's largest shopping centre outside Dublin, in Newbridge, is only 20 minutes drive. This new centre includes 50 individual retail units, six screen cinema complex and car park for 1,500 cars
Athy and its surrounding area can offer much to today's family. There is an excellent range of both primary and secondary schooling on offer. There are no fewer than 5 primary school and 3 secondary schools in the area. The Carlow Institute of Tecnology is only 12 minutes away and provides an excellent 3rd Level College and is easily accessible daily by both road and rail.
For a night out, there is a very good selection of pubs and restaurants which provide a wide variety of choice. In Kilberry there is the splendour of Bert House which has been transformed into an impressive Hotel, you are also only a short drive from the famous Kilkea Castle Hotel & Golf club and there are two more hotels currently being constructed in the town.
Athy is the scenic meeting point of the Grand Canal and the River Barrow and both provide good Course, Salmon and Trout fishing. A new Marina which is currently under construction on the River Barrow will further develop the water based tourist industry in the town. The disused paths along the banks of the Grand Canal and the Barrow provide pleasant walks from Emily Square to Ardeigh and from William Street to Lennon's Bridge.
Athy benefits from numerous clubs including GAA, Rugby, Tennis, Badminton, Soccer, Hockey, a Swimming Pool and leading Golf Clubs nearby at Carlow, Athy, Mount Wolseley, Rathsallagh House & Kellerig Castle ensuring that the sports enthusiast is well catered for.
There is also a rowing club in the town and a three day Water Festival which is held in May each year and attracts boating enthusiasts and tourists from all over.
The town hosts many fesitvals and exhibitions annually including The International Bluegrass Music Festival, The Athy Water Festival, The Kildare County Agricultural Show and the famous Shackleton Autum School. There is a very good community library and an active Art Group which exhibit their work regularly.
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