Athlone Diaries

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Paola Bassanese is a food and lifestyle writer

Spice India in Athlone

Spice India is a small chain of Indian restaurants in Carrick-on-Shannon, Longford, Mullingar, Newry and now Athlone. Spice India Longford won Best World Cuisine for Leinster at the 2018 Irish Food Awards. I dined at the restaurant on the first day of opening in Athlone, Connaught Street. There was a festive atmosphere with balloons at […]


Genoa Cafe Athlone

Genoa Cafe in Athlone is a bit of an institution: it opened its doors in 1943 and was founded by Frank Magliocco. It started as an ice cream parlour and has been a popular take-away for several decades. Fish and chips is what Genoa Cafe is most famous for, so when a group of friends […]


Ireland’s Oldest Pub: Sean’s Bar in Athlone

Which one is Ireland’s oldest pub? It’s Sean’s Bar in Athlone. If you are travelling around Ireland a visit to Sean’s Bar is a must. Just a quick search on Instagram for Sean’s Bar results in thousands of pictures from both Irish and international tourists appreciating the oldest pub in Ireland. History of Sean’s Bar […]


Gertie Browne’s Pub in Athlone

Gertie Browne’s pub is located on Custume Pier, just opposite Dead Centre Brewing and on the other side of the River Shannon from Athlone Castle. It has its own restaurant called Hatters Lane Bistro which was established in 1999. Gertie Browne’s History Gertie Browne’s location has been used as a hostelry since the XI century […]


Dining at Radisson Blu in Athlone

The Radisson Blu Hotel in Athlone is a popular events venue in a convenient location and with stunning views over the River Shannon. The Radisson also has its own restaurant and caters for conferences and meetings. Radisson Blu Hotel in Athlone The Radisson Blu opened in Athlone in 2004. It has private access to Athlone […]


Best Coffee in Athlone

Fancy a coffee? If you are passing through Athlone, or need a caffeine fix in Athlone, there is plenty of choice. Apart from its stimulating qualities, coffee can also become an experience in its own right. A coffee break can be a pleasant way to spend a rainy afternoon (and there’s plenty of those in […]


Dead Centre Brewing Opens in Athlone

It’s alive! After years of hard work (you just need to read their website to learn the full story) Dead Centre Brewing has officially launched in Athlone at the end of February 2019. If you ever walked past the venue, formerly The Ritz Gastropub, you may have caught a glimpse of the smart interior from […]