Athy Heritage Centre and Shackleton Museum has won the Heritage Award for the East region as part of the National Lotto’s Good Cause Awards.
The centre is now a national finalist in the inaugural National Lottery Good Cause Awards 2018.
The National Lottery Good Causes Awards aims to celebrate the inspiring and innovative work being carried out by the thousands of individuals, organisations, groups and sports clubs all over Ireland who benefit from National Lottery Good Causes funding. Projects can win up to €35,000 for their own work in their community.
2018 is the first year of these awards and these awards are open to any community project, club or individual who has received National Lottery funding from the years 2014, 2015 and 2016.
The Athy Museum received €10,000 in funding as part of the National Lottery’s Good Cause of the Year scheme earlier this year.
Athy host the world’s only permanent exhibition celebrating the polar exploration of Kilkea native Ernest Shackleton. The museum has also acquired Shackleton’s ‘The Quest’ ship cabin and hopes to have the artefact on display in Athy following the redevelopment of the museum.