As part of their heritage awareness programme, Athlone Architectural Heritage Group entered a float in the 2010 St Patrick’s Day Parade, commemorating the hardship endured by the citizens who had to reside in the town’s workhouse during the Great Famine.
The float has been awarded the overall prize by the St Patrick’s Day Parade committee.
The Athlone Architectural Heritage Group would like to sincerely thank the following for their generous assistance: Charlie Finneran, Derryglad Folk Museum, Curraghboy, Co Roscommon; Louis Walsh, Treasures Antiques, Church Street; Bernie Stapleton, principal, St Mary’s NS; Leo Lawless, fuel merchant, Arcadia; Willie McLoughlin, fuel merchant, Coosan Road; Michael Murphy, proprietor Coosan Tavern; Peter Molloy, shotblasting specialist, Ballinahown; and Michael O’Donnell, Viking Tours. They also wish to thank all of their volunteers for their enthusiastic participation.
If you would like more information about the group, you can check out their website at www.athloneheritage.com or phone (087 ) 2304195