|External View (photo)
What's Athlone Town Stadium Like?
Athlone Town Stadium (photo)
West Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
How To Get There And Where To Park
Training Ground End (photo)
Record & Average Attendance
Athlone Town Stadium Location Map
|What's Athlone Stadium Like?|
Athlone Town Stadium, also
referred to as Lissywollen, is located around a mile
to the north east of Athlone's historic Town centre.
But despite this the stadium surroundings at present
lend to a “out in the sticks” feel more in common
with the new English stadiums at Colchester and
Shrewsbury. The club recently celebrated a return to
the League Of Ireland Premier Division for the first
time since 1996. Along with Shamrock Rovers, they
can rightly claim to have one of the most modern
football stadiums in Ireland, even if the ground has
only one stand at present and one rather impressive
turnstile block entrance. Once through the
turnstiles at the North/Car Park End (the only way
into the ground), the ticket office, club offices
and players dressing rooms are located in the
central section at the rear of the stand whilst the
wings offer supporters toilet and refreshment
facilities. There is no concourse as such a set of 4
staircases lead out onto a walkway between an upper
and lower seating deck. Looking at the structure
from behind the goal at the South/training ground
end the West Stand has an appealing seating deck of
2,500 blue and black plastic seats, neatly matching
Athlone Town's unusual playing colours, all beneath
a cantilever roof which unfortunately doesn’t quite
extend to cover the lowest rows of seats. Since the
central tv gantry sits at the rear of the stand
rather than on scaffolding on the opposite side of
the pitch there are no advertising hoardings on the
back wall, giving the stand a somewhat unfinished
appearance. The seating deck is complimented by dug
outs and a disabled enclosure at the North/Car Park
|As far as we are aware visiting fans
are allocated a section of seating at the training
ground end of the West Stand (furthest from the
turnstiles). Every seat has an excellent
unobstructed view of the pitch and leg room is also
pretty good. As stated above however the seats below
the mid-level walkway do not benefit from roof
coverage, nevertheless with both home and away
supporters in one stand atmosphere generated should
be pretty good. It may also be possible to stand
behind the goal at the undeveloped training ground
end but please check with the stewards/staff before
|Where To Drink?|
|Surprisingly (as they are normally a
good source of revenue for most Clubs) there is no
supporters bar at the stadium. Also as Athlone Town
Stadium stands pretty much on its own in the north
of the town, there is not much close by in the way
of pubs. However there is plenty on offer around the
town centre and on the banks of the River Shannon.
The town centre is around 15 minutes walk from the
|How To Get There And Where To Park|
Dublin and the East:
M4 motorway from Dublin then onto the M6/N6 heading towards Galway. On approaching the outskirts of Athlone you will see the floodlights of the stadium on the left hand side. Leave the N6 at the N55 Junction signposted Longford/Athlone Town Centre, turning left to follow the R915 Ballymahon Road towards Athlone Town Centre. At the next roundabout take the first exit left onto Brawney Road which runs parallel to the Motorway, you will see Athlone's Pairc Ciaran GAA Ground on your right, with Athlone Town Stadium also on the right hand side, further up the road beyond the Athlone Regional Sports Centre.
From Cork and the South:
Follow the M8 North of Cork, exit at Junction 6 onto the N62, follow through Thurles, Roscrea & Birr then onto join the M6 Motorway briefly at Junction 8 and then onto the N6 towards Athlone. Leave the N6 at the N55 Junction signposted Longford/Athlone Town Centre, turning left to follow the R915 Ballymahon Road towards Athlone Town Centre. Then as from the East above.
From Galway and the West:
Follow the M6 Motorway from Galway and then onto the N6 through Athlone. Leave the N6 at the N55 Junction signposted Longford/Athlone Town Centre, turning right and over the Motorway bridge to follow the R915 Ballymahon Road towards Athlone Town centre. Then as from the East above.
From Sligo and the North West:
Follow the N4 South of Sligo, then on the approach to Boyle turn onto the N61 and continue South through Roscommon. Join the M6 Motorway briefly at Junction 12 and the continuing along the N6 through Athlone. Leave the N6 at the N55 Junction signposted Longford/Athlone Town Centre, turning right and over the Motorway bridge to follow the R915 Ballymahon Road towards Athlone Town Centre. Then as from the East above.
There is a large car park at the stadium which is free.
Map showing the location of the Athlone Town Stadium (at the bottom of this page).
| Training Ground
is at the halfway point of the Dublin Heuston-Galway
Railway line, operated by Irish Rail. Services run
around about hourly between 9am and 5pm though the
timetable is far less frequent in the evening. Journey
time from Dublin Heuston is around 1 hour 20 minutes.
It is also possible to reach Athlone from County Mayo
and Roscommon by using the Westport-Dublin Heuston
train however the timetable has only 5 services
running throughout the day. Athlone can be reached
from County Limerick & County Cork by taking the
frequent Cork-Limerick Junction-Portlaoise-Dublin
Heuston services then changing at Portarlington onto
the Galway line.
For fans travelling from Dublin you will see the floodlights of the stadium on the right hands side as the train approaches the town. It will take around 10-15 minutes’ walk from here. When you come out of the station entrance bare left and follow Southern Station Road towards the Town Centre. There is a Pharmacy on the corner of the first junction, turn left into Ballymahon Road and walk under the railway bridge. After a minute or so you will pass over a derelict railway line, then on the right you will see the sky blue entrance turnstiles to Athlone's Pairc Cairan GAA Ground. Continue on Ballymahon Road then at the N6 roundabout turn right into Brawney Road. The ground is 5-10 minutes walk along this road, with the turnstiles on the right hand side.
|Bus Eireann Service 20 also has
a regular timetable and runs from Dublin Busaras to
Galway stoping at Athlone.Journey time is around two
hours. In addition there is a Express Service, X20,
from Dublin Airport to Galway operated by GoBus in
association with Bus Eireann. Service 21 also links
Ireland West Airport Knock to Athlone via Roscommon.
|Official Programme €3|
|Athlone Town stand as
County Westmeath's only representative in the Legaue
of Ireland. Outside of the league the nearest cross
border rivalry is with Longford Town. Geographically
the nearest rivals in the League of Ireland are
|League Of Ireland Premier League Fixtures (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record And Average Attendance|
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