Illuminating Heritage – The Walls of Athy through the Artist’s Eye

The Illuminating Heritage project brings together artists, historians and archaeologists in order to generate authentic, accurate and innovative avenues of interpretation to Athy’s Medieval history.

Athy was known as the Stronghold of the Fitzgeralds, on the Marches of Kildare. It was enclosed by walls 40-feet high and was burnt to the ground 11 times by the native Irish of neighbouring Laois. I have already had such interesting exchanges on Medieval women, and learnt things I didn’t know about the business practices of the time.
I hope to progress my research into trade heritage stories which connect with the wider business and medieval communities of today whilst generating a sense of place for Athy town.
Watch this space!! If you have anything you would like to share with me on Medieval trade routes/guilds/interesting professions, women in Medieval times or trade families, please feel free to contact me at

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