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Athlone Castle Conservation Works Notice

The Office of Public Works is undertaking essential conservation works on the exterior walls of Athlone Castle this year.

It is envisaged that these works will continue up to and including early to mid-June 2019. 

Athlone Castle Visitor Centre and grounds will be closed to the public for a brief period of time on dates to be confirmed after the repairs have been completed to facilitate the de-install of the scaffolding erected to deliver these works. 

For Public Safety reasons it may be necessary to close the tunnel under the town bridge and adjacent pedestrian area for this brief period also as shown hatched in yellow on attached drawing entitled “Requirements for Scaffold De-install”

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Athlone Arts & Tourism

“Art makes us get up in the Morning” Title of New Exhibition in New Space

Athlone Arts Group are holding an Exhibition of New Work in the first Exhibition to be held in the Atrium in Athlone Library and Civic Centre on Thursday 25th of April. Westmeath County Council has made this exhibition space available for local Artists to exhibit their work. It complements the Luan Gallery perfectly and gives local artists a platform to exhibit their work to the public at large.

The title of the Exhibition “Art makes us get up in the morning” explains the passion of these local Artists who get excited by the thoughts of working towards a new exhibition. The process involved of conjuring up the subject matter, the execution of the drawing, choice of medium and the finished work.  All this is very satisfying for the artist.  The ultimate goal is the Exhibition to the public, the judges of their work.

This Exhibition will be a feast for the eyes and hopefully it will strike a chord with the viewers. On offer will be paintings, drawings, prints, oil, acrylic, watercolour, pencil, and pen and ink. Hopefully there will be something for everyone.

You are all invited to the Launch of the Exhibition on Thursday the 25th of April at 6pm. Launch by Mr. Pat Gallagher CEO of Westmeath County Council. We wish to take this opportunity to thank Westmeath County Council for allocating this space for Athlone Artists and their continued support for the Arts in Athlone.


Civic Centre Athlone

Applications are invited from locally based artists groups to submit for inclusion in an exhibition series hosted in the Atrium at the Civic Centre, Athlone. This is an open bright space where artist groups/collectives can exhibit their artwork.

Ideas from artist groups/collectives working in 2D are welcomed. Submissions may include: painting, drawing, photography or 2D mixed media. 


The available 2019 exhibition slots are:

Spring Exhibition Mid April to mid May
Summer Exhibition July
Autumn Exhibition Mid August – mid September
Winter Exhibition Mid December – mid January

Application Process

  1. Applicants must indicate their preferred exhibition slot.
  2. Applicants must submit 1 copy of the completed and signed application form, incomplete and unsigned applications will not be considered. The declaration page MUST be signed but a scanned copy of the signature will be accepted. 
  3. Download the Atrium Exhibitions Application Form
    Submit the application form by email to or post to Atrium Exhibitions, Athlone Arts and Tourism, Civic Centre, Church Street, Athlone.

Luan Gallery Education Programme for Primary and Secondary Schools

Luan Gallery is a purpose built art gallery space incorporating the renovated and extended 1897 Fr Mathew Hall. Delivering a varied exhibitions programme featuring work by both emerging and established artists from home and abroad, Luan Gallery acts as a resource for the entire community.

Many studies have shown that gallery visits enhance pupils’ learning experiences and at Luan Gallery we strive to ensure that pupils’ visits are enjoyable, relaxed, stimulating and educational. We are committed to encouraging pupils to engage with and think about visual art which in turn helps to develop new skills and confidence.

Primary Schools

We have developed numerous resource materials including activity worksheets, catalogues, tours and workshops each designed to support the meaningful delivery of qualitative art viewing experiences to students, in support of the school curriculum.

Secondary Schools

We have developed a number of resource materials including a Leaving Certificate Art Appreciation Workbook, catalogues, talks, tours and workshops each designed to support the meaningful delivery of the art curriculum to second level students.

For more information on our education programmes, download the booklets below.

Primary School booklet
Secondary School booklet
Primary Schools Education booklet 2016 Secondary Schools Education booklet 2016