ATHLONE SLIDESHOW 001

Street Photography By William Murphy

ATHLONE SLIDESHOW 001

ALL THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE HI-RES SO IT TAKES A WHILE TO LOAD THE SLIDESHOW - PLEASE WAIT

The promenade on the River Shannon is popular among anglers, birdwatchers, and swimmers. The lake shore is accessed from Coosan Point and Hodson Bay. The town is also home to Lough Ree Yacht Club.

Owing to its easy accessibility and large choice of shops, Athlone is the main retail destination for residents in the Midlands region of Ireland. The vibrant town centre extends from Church Street in the west to Sean Costello Street in the east. The centre is flanked by the Athlone Town Centre, a modern shopping centre, built in 2007, containing 54 shops, cafes, and the four star Sheraton Athlone hotel.[20] South of the city centre is the other shopping centre, the Golden Island Shopping Centre, which opened in 1997.

Athlone Regional Sports Centre is a sports facility within the town, which was established May 2002 and developed by the Town Council. The facility contains a swimming pool, gym, and AstroTurf pitches.

Sean's Bar, located on the west bank of the river, is listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest pub in Europe.
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