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Welcome to O’Regan’s Athenry:
A collection of historical accounts, news, folklore, books and stories about a little medieval walled town nestled in beautiful County Galway, Ireland.

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Featured articles

Recent Athenry news articles, historical accounts and stories, book extracts and more from the Athenry Archives.

The Cahalans of Castle Ellen
The Cahalan Family, who came from Cork originally to herd for the Lamb… by Finbarr O'Regan
Lamberts of Athenry Archive | Education, History, People
The Great Famine and its effects on Athenry
In the years preceding the Famine, Ireland had a population of eight m… by Finbarr O'Regan
Lamberts of Athenry Archive | Education, Famine, History, People
James (Jim) Barrett's story based on his witness statement BMH.WS 0343
James joined the IRB in Athenry about 1913. He was sworn in by Dick Mu… by Finbarr O'Regan
Easter Rising Archive | Education, Folklore, History, People, Politics
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Many thanks to all our writers, researchers and contributors who have made this collation of writing a meaningful historical record. If you would like to add an article, news, thoughts, opinions, photos or anything else to the Library please contact our Editor, Finbarr O’Regan at:

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Finbarr, a chara. Congratulations on your newly titled and revamped website, which I’ve just come across via the ‘Athenry that was’ Facebook page. It looks fabulous and I’m delighted to know you are k…

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About the project

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Community links

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