Special Offers
 Open Thursday Friday & Saturday
12:30 to 6 

 by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday 
please call :090 6494948

The Bastion Gallery was established in 1990.

Welcome to The Bastion Gallery.
We are a gift shop located in the heart of Athlone's Left Bank area .
We stock a selection of gifts  and jewellery ,both handmade in Ireland and  fair trade .

All of our products are ethically sourced.

Jewellery we stock  : Ogham Treasure   ,Alan Ardiff , Linda Uhlehman,  Pearls for girls ,
Some  of the  gifts we stock  :
Ogham Wishes, Bog Buddies,  Ursula Celano Bags and stationary,Jellycat soft toys, handfelted wool and silk scarves by Astrid Tomtrop, ,Blankies,
  Handwoven scarves and throws by Studio Donegal ,
John Hanley blankets and scarves .
Photography by Mark Duffy, Kitty Kilkelly collection of old Athlone ,Prints  and cards by Suzie Sullivan, Original Tapestries by Frances Crowe, Jerpoint  Studio handblown glass , Nicholas Mosse Pottery,Mythical character dolls  and witches by Helga Pikal.
Max Benjamin candles, Natural Beeswax Candles,Gemstone Jewellery and Natural gemstones

A Deed of 1756 refers to this short street as "Royal Bastion" but during the first Ordinance Survey and for the purposes of Griffith's Valiations it was considered as part of Wentworth Street{the modern O 'Connell Street].This is one of the few streets on the Connaught  side of Athlone which recalls the town fortifications.Obviously there was once a bastion at this point on the defensive ditch which protected the western boundary of the town.
It was not until a revision of the Ordnance Survey in 1874 that Bastion Street got the recognition it deserved..One of the great Characters of Bastion Street was Michael Kilkelly,the son of a local shopkeeper James Kilkelly.He was born during Famine times  and lived here until his death in1940,at the age of Ninety-three.Hebecame involved in the family business at a very early age due to the early death of his father.
Michael Kilkelly did more than anyone else of his generation to promote and foster a love of music in Athlone.He was choir -masterof the old St.Peter's Church[the present day DeanCrowe Theatre} and was involved in brass bands,quartets and other musical activities in the town.He was a boyhood friend of T.P.O 'Connor's,as both had attended Summerhill College in Athlone before it moved to Sligo.However is is perhaps best remembered for his early encouragement of John McCormack,a fellow Athlonian with whom a lifelong friendship endured.
Apart from his great love of music Michael Kilkelly was also passionate about politics.A staunch supporter of both Parnell and the Land League movement he was a local organiser of both movements in Athlone.He even spoke from the same platform as Parnell himself.He served on the old Town Commissioners and later the Urban Council and through a series of articles penned for the Westmeath Independent in the 1930s he left us a legacy of wonderfully evocative social commentaries which put flesh on the otherwise dry bones of local history.Today his great granddaughter runs the Bastion Gallery ,while her brothers run Garbz, [Now venue 4}next door.

Text by Gearoid O'Brien, Painting by Leila Canney ,  Reproduced by kind permission of Cottage Publications