Our School is Surrounded by the Medieval History of Athenry
Athenry is the best preserved medieval town in Ireland, retaining the upstanding remains of most of its original high-status buildings, in addition to its medieval street pattern. Over seventy percent of the masonry town wall survives, complete with an impressive arched gateway and five defensive towers. Athenry’s medieval Town Walls, which date back to the 14th century, are a National Monument. They are among the best preserved Town Walls that survive on the island of Ireland and are an immense source of local pride.
How fortunate and special for us that a section of these spectacular walls runs along the perimeter of our school ending their journey by merging with the North West Tower which strikes an impressive pose on our Senior Yard.
In addition to the Town Walls, a restored Anglo-Norman castle towers over the medieval streetscape; a ruined Dominican priory and parish church lie within the town walls and a rare late medieval market cross stands proudly in its original location. Each year, these local treasures call our pupils on exciting field trips which never fail to stir their imaginations.