New Arrivals Coming to Baysports this June!

published on: May 28, 2015

Baysports is open for summer and there is no better way to enjoy the outdoors this summer than on the water at Baysports. Because our waterpark was such a huge hit last year we decided to add to our park and what better way than to design and build new parts that reflect our local history.

Saturn Rocker at Baysports

This year (June 22nd)  will see three new key sections arrive, Our huge eight metre Viking slide, Our new corner tower “Athlone Castle” and a Viking rocker longship.  We are also adding new platforms, an even bigger Saturn Rocker and “Square Bergs”. 

Viking Rocker Slide at Baysports

For our younger visitors under the age of six, their very own “Junior waterpark” will also be arriving.  Other new arrivals at Baysports are Family sit on Kayaks, which can seat two adults and a child, combine these with an hour on the water park for a complete adventure on the majestic waters of Lough Ree. 

Athlone Castle Slide at Baysports

For those of you not taking to the water you can relax on one of our twenty new park benches overlooking the lake and enjoy the fun from a distance with a cup of tea or coffee. 

We look forward to seeing you!

AIT Sports and Athletics Summer Camps

published on: May 25, 2015

AIT Sports and Athletics Summer Camps Announced

AIT Sports and Athletics Summer Camps

School children in the midlands will have lots to choose from this summer with news that Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) is to run week-long camps in sports and athletics.

The camps are aimed at young people aged 6-13 years, with the activities ranging from ball games and sprinting through to arts and crafts. The camps will take place in the state-of-the-art International Arena and will run from 29 June-10 July (10am to 2pm daily). The cost is €60 per child.

The sports camp takes place from Monday 29 June until Friday 3 July and will include fun activities such as ball games, team sports, individual sports, arts and crafts, and much more.

The athletics camp takes place from Monday 6 July until Friday 10 July and will include sprinting, javelin, hurdles, shot putt, long jump, high jump, walks, relays, and arts and crafts.

Paul Coburn, commercial manager at AIT said: “We’re very excited about these two new summer camps. The International Arena will be a magnificent setting for the camps, and with the best facilities and the best leaders, we are confident that everyone taking part in the AIT sport summer camps will have the best fun.”

Places are limited, so early booking is advised, which can be done online at Early drop-off (9am) or late pick-up (3pm) can be arranged, which costs an additional €10 per child.

Beans and Leaves Awarded 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

published on: May 20, 2015

Beans & Leaves, Athlone

Recognised as a Top Performing Restaurant in Athlone, as Reviewed by Travellers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

“Beans & Leaves,” Café/Deli today announced that it has received for the second year in a row a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.  

Beans & Leaves Awarded 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honourees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site.  To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at “Beans & Leaves” and we’d like to thank all of our past customers  who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Steven Linehan, Chef/Proprietor at “Beans & Leaves”, Café/Deli. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

"TripAdvisor is pleased to honour exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travellers on the site,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive increasing hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

Palace Players, Fermoy Win Top Prize

published on: May 11, 2015

Liam Howard director of The Palace Players Fermoy with cast and crew production ''Conversations On a Homecoming'' after winning the RTE All Ireland Drama Festival last Saturday night in the Radisson Blu Hotel Athlone. Co. Westmeath. Photo molloyphotograph
Liam Howard director of The Palace Players Fermoy with cast and crew production ''Conversations On a Homecoming'' after winning the RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival last Saturday night in the Radisson Blu Hotel Athlone. Co. Westmeath. Photo molloyphotograph

The Palace Players, Fermoy from County Cork were crowned RTÉ All Ireland Drama Champions with “Conversations On A Homecoming” by Tom Murphy at the gala awards ceremony in Athlone's Radisson Blu Hotel on Saturday May 9th as the curtain came down on the 63rd RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival.  Directed by Liam Howard, who also won the Best Director award, this is the first time for The Palace Players, Fermoy to win the perpetual trophy.  The adjudicator Walker Ewart, described their performance as a “memorable evening of theatre” which took place in the Dean Crowe Theatre Athlone on Thursday evening last.

Founded in 1988, the group have never missed a year participating on the festival circuit and this is their second play from the pen of Tom Murphy, having performed “The Wake” a few years ago. 

It was a glittering evening of celebration in Athlone in a week that saw thousands flock to the Midlands where the very best of amateur drama was on display in the Dean Crowe Theatre & Arts Centre.

Liam Howard director of The Palace Players Fermoy with production ''Conversations On a Homecoming'' after winning the RTE All Ireland Drama Festival last Saturday night in the Radisson Blu Hotel Athlone%2C Co. Westmeath. Photo molloyphotography

Speaking before the awards presentation, the Festival Director, Joe Mac Carrick, remarked on the success of the festival with nine superb productions on stage, a lively and entertaining Festival Club, an absorbing Fringe and a town that looked its best with themed window displays, flags and flower arrangements. He thanked Westmeath County Council, Athlone businesses and the local media for getting full square behind the festival and contributing to the successful event it has become.

Joe also expressed his sincere gratitude to main sponsors RTÉ for their continued support of the festival.