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Athenry North Gate Town Wall and Gate
 

County

Galway

Coordinates

N 53° 18' 00.8"   W 008° 44' 46.0"

Nearest town

Athenry

Grid Ref.

M 50305 28000

Map No.

46

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

45

Date of visit

Monday 9 June 2014

GPS Accuracy (m)

4
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Along North Gate Street, looking towards the northeast (30°). The difference in the masonry is visible in this photo. The southeast side of the higher part of the building is darker, and this is the part that was missing until it was rebuilt between 1970's and 2000.
The gate appears as a background feature in the movie "Flight of the Doves" (1971), by Ralph Nelson (see movie at time 0:52:34 and at time 0:57:17).


The town of Athenry has the finest medieval town walls still remaining in Ireland. In 1310 Athenry received a three-year murage grant from King Henry II.
Two thirds of the original town wall length still remain, along with 5 wall towers and one of the original five town gates.
The surviving gate is the North Gate, probably built at the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th century.
The building has been partially rebuilt sometimes between mid 1970's and 2000. Half of the southeast top was missing until that date, and the different masonry is visible today.
Though its name is North Gate, the gate actually looks towards the northeast (30°).
The monument is squeezed among modern buildings and is besieged by heavy car traffic, an inglorious ending for a medieval landmark.

This gate appears as a background feature in the movie "Flight of the Doves" (1971), by Ralph Nelson.

We came here for the first time on May 8th, 2002.


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