Athlone Arts and Tourism will host a free talk on ‘The History of Athlone Castle’ by Dr. Rory Sherlock at Luan Gallery this Saturday (August 31st) at 7 pm.
Dr. Sherlock is an archaeologist and architectural historian and author of the beautifully illustrated guidebook to Athlone Castle, first published in 2016. He completed a programme of doctoral research on the social environment of Irish tower houses at NUI Galway in 2008. He is the founder and director of the Galway Archaeological Field School, which conducts on-going research into late medieval settlement in Ireland while training students in survey and excavation techniques. He is also the author of many papers on late medieval architecture in Ireland and has given papers on the subject to conferences at home and abroad.
Dr. Sherlock’s talk, which forms part of Athlone Castle Medieval Fair, will explore the early Gaelic activity on the site, building of the Royal castle in 1210 and the evolution of the monument over the centuries. The castle was much bigger than many people realise and it played an important role in the politics of the region for hundreds of years, until it was severely damaged in the Williamite siege of 1691.