Athlone developed on the River Shannon in central Ireland and in AD 1210, a castle was erected for King John of England and the town expanded either side of the Shannon. In 1690 and 1691 it was the site of the Sieges of Athlone but today the town offers excellent shopping, fine dining, great entertainment and historic sites to keep everybody amused!
Athlone, split in two by the Shannon, lies in counties Roscommon and Westmeath and within the provinces of Connaught and Leinster. There are rail services connecting Athlone with Dublin, Galway and Westport. Bus services are provided by Bus Éireann and Citylink, and the M6 runs through the town.
There are lots of interesting cultural and historic sites to see here in and around Athlone. Such sites include the Norman Athlone Castle, Derryglad Folk Museum, Athlone Folk Museum, Drum Heritage Visitor Centre, Dún na Sí Heritage Centre - Moate.
For more, see www.athlone.ie