Bespoke tour to attract visitors to Athy

Athy Museum

Paula Campbell

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Public meeting at Keadeen Hotel

Michael O’Brien and Kate Conlon, of ATGI Tour Operator Group; and Honor McCullagh, of the Friends of Athy Heritage Centre, pictured at the Tour Operators visit

Athy’s now famous links to Ernest Shackleton has put it on the map once again with a new bespoke tour for the overseas visitor.

A number of tour guides and operators visited the museum in Athy recently drawn to the permanent Shackleton exhibition and in search of an alternative attraction for the overseas visitor.

“It was a great success,” said Museum manager Margaret Walsh. “Many links were made and return visits promised.”

According to Margaret the Athy Bespoke Tour consists of various packaged partnership between the Museum and Athy Boat tours, Athy Arts Centre, local restaurants, Clanard Court Hotel and those offering guided Medieval and Graveyard guided walking tours.

Cllr Aoife Breslin welcomed those present and talked about the redevelopment plans for Athy, the Museum and how important attracting visitors is and welcome the wholeheartedly.

Tony Lenihan, chairperson of Into Kildare talked about what the county had to offer.

Cabin arrival

Meanwhile the acquisition of Shackleton’s Quest Cabin will attract more visitors to Athy when it is expected to be installed at the museum.

The cabin will most likely be installed in the library which is moving out later this year as part of the Emily Square redevelopment.