Croí na hÉireann

Festival 2023

The Athlone Croí na hÉireann Festival will run this year from Wednesday March 15th with events throughout the town, finishing with our annual St. Patrick's Day parade through the town on Sunday March 19th.

Check back regularly for details of the events as they are published!

Opening Ceremony

The official opening ceremony of the 2023 Croí na hÉireann festival which was due to take place on Wednesday, March 15th, in the Technological University of the Shannon (TUS) campus has unfortunately had to be cancelled, as a mark of respect due to a number of bereavements in TUS over the last few days.

Only the Festival Launch event is impacted, all other events planned as part of the festival will go ahead as per the schedule.

Parade Grand Marshal 2023

Tanya Cannon

The theme for this years St. Patricks Day parade is "Mná Na hÉireann", and in keeping with that theme, we are delighted to announce that the Grand Marshal for this years parade will be local Athlone businesswoman and author Tanya Cannon.

Making the announcement, Festival chairman John Henson said that Tanya represented all the qualities required for such a prestigious role. 

Tanya is the owner of A1 Cleaning Maintenance & Services Ltd., and has provided support to many charities and sporting bodies in the Athlone area.

She is seen here on the left being congratulated by Uachtairáin na hÉireann Michael D. Higgins.

More details on the Westmeath Independent

Left-to-Right: Festival Treasurer Frankie Keena, Festival PRO Deirdre Berry, Grand Marshal Tanya Cannon, Uachtairáin na hÉireann Michael D. Higgins, Festival Chairman John Henson, Minister for Sport Thomas Byrne.

Presenting the Festival Staff to Grand Marshal Tanya Cannon is Sports Minister Thomas Byrne. Also included are Festival Treasurer Frankie Keena, Festival Chairman John Henson, Festival PRO Deirdre Berry and Mayor Vinny McCormack

Festival Programme

Run/Walk 5k 

Arise Athlone and run or walk 5km on St. Patrick's Day!

The 5km run and walk will be held on the walking track in the sports center itself, safe and secure, without use of the public roads. 

The 5km Run will start in the Athlone Regional Sports Centre (by the entrance) circa 10am - all levels of runner is welcome.

For those who prefer a more sedate level of activity, we invite all and sundry to come and walk the same 5km route from circa 10:30am.

Eircode: N37 W3W0

McFaddens Funfair

McFaddens Funfair start their year in Athlone from the 10th to the 19th of March as part of the Croí na hÉireann festival!

The funfair will be in Burgess park (beside Golden Island Shopping Centre), and will be open on weekdays from 5pm, and on St Patricks Day and Sunday the 19th, will be open from 1pm.

Come along and share in the fun !!!

Teddy Bears Picnic

Fun for all the little ones in your family!

Join us at the White Gates on the Ballymahon Road (entrance to the Athlone Greenway) at 12 noon.

We will have a trail of surprises along the Greenway for all the children, followed by the Teddy Bears Picnic in Garrycastle GAA Club.

Eircode: (near to) N37 P9W3

Fun on the water !


Raising the Bunting

The bunting doesn't put itself up!

Out doing the job on a lovely sunny Athlone morning were Frankie Keena, Pat Fitzpatrick and John Henson.

Some highlights from 2022