Athlone Castle Visitor Centre will mark the European Day for Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism with the opening of ‘A Tribute to Innocents’, a Memorial Quilts exhibition from East South Fermanagh Foundation.
The European Day of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism was established after the Madrid Bombings of 11th March 2004. Each year since 2005, the European Union remembers the victims of terrorist atrocities on this date. This year to mark the day of remembrance, Athlone Arts and Tourism will open ‘A Tribute to Innocents’, a Memorial Quilts exhibition at Athlone Castle Visitor Centre in collaboration with the South East Fermanagh Foundation.
The exhibition will consist of 4 memorial quilts made up of patches provided by the families of the innocent victims who lost their lives at the hands of terrorists. The quilts include patches from families in the Republic of Ireland, Great Britain and Mainland Europe. Numerous families from the Midlands have lost their loved ones during the Troubles including the Kelly Family from Moate, County Westmeath.
David Kelly, who will officially open the exhibition, is a son of the Solider, Pte Patrick Kelly David Kelly, H.Q. Coy. 6th Inf. Bn. Oglaigh na hEireann, Defence Forces Ireland. Pte. Kelly was killed in the line of duty, along with Garda Gary Sheehan, by Provisional I.R.A terrorists during the search and rescue of kidnapped business executive, Don Tidey, on 16th December 1983. David is campaigning for truth, justice and accountability in relation to his father’s case, which remains a live criminal investigation.
South East Fermanagh Foundation (SEFF) is a group of victims and survivors from the community of South East Fermanagh, which was formed in 1998 as a result of identified needs amongst those who have been the innocent victims of terrorism in this part of Northern Ireland, together with their families. Over the years, the Foundation has steadily grown whereby it now offers; counselling, befriending, benefits and welfare, advice services, multiple complementary therapy treatment options, advocacy and representation-based work and a yearly educational and social activity programme, for those physically and psychologically affected by the Troubles.
Athlone Castle will display the temporary exhibition “Memorial Quilts” from Wednesday 11th March until to Sunday 5th April 2020 in the lower Keep. Normal admission rates apply. For further information on the exhibition contact Athlone Castle on Tel: 090 6442130.
Event: ‘A Tribute to Innocents’, a Memorial Quilts Exhibition at Athlone Castle
Event Venue: The Lower Keep, Athlone Castle, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
Dates: from Wednesday, March 11 to Sunday, April 5, 2020
Opening Days and Times: Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00am to 5.30pm and Sunday 11.00am to 5.30pm. Last admission at 4.30pm. Closed Mondays.
Admission: Normal admission rates apply. You can purchase a ticket online here.
Athlone is located in the centre of Ireland and is very easily accessed from every part of the country. Athlone Castle Visitor Centre sits on the banks of the mystical River Shannon in the heart of Athlone.
Driving directions to Athlone
Athlone is on the M6 motorway which runs (together with the M4) from Dublin to Galway. Athlone is only 1 hour and 20 minutes drive from Dublin airport, and Galway is just an hour away.
The most direct exit is Exit 11 for the town centre, and continue toward Northgate Street, take a right at the traffic lights and cross the bridge, you can’t miss the Castle.
Seew location map below.
GPS Coordinates: Latitude 53.4231032, Longitude -7.942819699999973