Athlone in the Spring light

Aine from Athlone Library
Aine from Athlone Library

Do you feel that the routes you take for regular exercise are currently “On Repeat”?  Well here is your opportunity to shake that up!  With the “Fresh Eyes” project, you are being asked to observe, notice, admire; then capture what you loved in a photo.

Whereas we get many days in February that aren’t sunny, we get lots that are filled with lovely Spring light.  And these are days for walks and photographs!  Capture detail, contrasts and pops of colour; or go riverside for crystal-clear reflections.  Just see what catches your eye! 

I took the following pictures on the West side of Athlone. And while much is changing along the west bank of the Shannon – with a new boat club underway, and a major transformation at the No.1 Battery – the town’s history is still being told by the barges, the fishing boats, and the handsome Railway Building from the 1850’s.

My last picture was taken along the family’s route from St. Peter’s N.S., and I could remember that building when it was the Cobbler’s in the 70’s.  Was he a Mr Robinson?  I posted the photo to the Athlone Down Memory Lane site, and a great big number of very fond memories of Paddy Robinson flooded in; every picture does indeed tell a story!

Photography with Fresh Eyes project

Westmeath Library invite submissions from the public of photographs showing their local area. We are looking for images that depict Westmeath in a fresh and original way. Maybe take inspiration from an historical photograph and see what has changed. Or perhaps focus on something you feel hasn’t been explored before. For more details and terms & conditions please click here.
Entries should be submitted in jpg format, via email to with Fresh Eyes in the subject line.

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