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Athenry is the best-preserved medieval town in Ireland, retaining the upstanding remains of most of its original high-status buildings.

With the excellently preserved Athenry Castle, Dominican abbey and over seventy percent of the medieval town walls Athenry provides visitors with an excellent insight into the heritage of medieval Ireland.

The Irish name of Athenry, Baile Átha an Ríogh means ‘town of the river ford’ or ‘kings ford’, pointing to ancient origins that stretch back long before the Anglo-Norman town was built. 

The earliest remaining building in the town is Athenry Castle which was built sometime before 1240.

The town is also well known by virtue of the song “The Fields of Athenry”.

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