Special Accommodation Rates

A huge part of GBCE is not just the classes and the shopping, it’s what goes on afterwards!  Why not make a weekend of it and stay over.  The hotel has a great bar and restaurant, leisure facilities and more.  They have offered us special accommodation rates.

2 Night Package

2BB+1D:               €99.00 per person sharing based on double / twin occupancy

Rate is inclusive of full Irish breakfast and 3 course dinner in Cedar Restaurant.

Saturday night only: €60.00 per person sharing based on double / twin occupancy inclusive of breakfast.

Single room rates details are as follows:

2nights BB+1Dinner: €150 per room based on single occupancy

Saturday night only: €109.00 per room based on single occupancy inclusive of full irish breakfast

Call the Athlone Springs on 090 644 4444 and quote An Siopa Bui or Great Big Craft Extravaganza when booking.

If you prefer to book online, the promo code is “ansiop” and you can book here.  (This will be live from midday Friday)


Travelling from Dublin

The quickest route to the Athlone Springs Hotel is to avoid the town centre of Athlone by bypassing the town using the M6 Dublin-Galway Motorway.On your approach to Athlone remain on the M6 ignoring signs for Athlone (East). Proceed along the Athlone Bypass. You will be exiting on Exit No 13, (Signs along the ByPass are in Blue with Exit Numbers located in black on the bottom right). After you cross the Shannon take the 2nd Exit, marked No.13 for Monksland, Tuam. At the Roundabout at the top of the slip road take the 3rd exit signed, Monksland, Tuam. Go straight through the second roundabout again signed Monksland, Tuam. The hotel is located less than a minute later on the left hand side beside the Nissan/Fiat Garage.

Travelling from Galway

Approaching from Ballinasloe take the first exit No13 for Tuam, Monksland. At the top of the sliproad take the 1st exit marked, Monksland, Tuam. The hotel is located less than a minute later on the left hand side beside the Nissan/Fiat Garage.


The 4th Great Big Craft Extravaganza will be held on September 30th, 1st and 2nd October 2011 at the Athlone Springs Hotel, Athlone.

Athlone is located in the centre of Ireland and is the largest town on the River Shannon south of Lough Ree. Almost 20,000 people live within 2 miles of the town and 39,000 of a population within a 10 mile radius. Athlone (in Irish AthLuain or the ford of Luan ) is one of 21 Irish Walled towns and is steeped in history. The Town is home to several historical landmarks, most notably Athlone Castle which was built as a fortification in 1210 during the Anglo-Norman times. It is one of the fastest growing inland urban areas and has undergone significant changes and developments in all sectors during the last fifteen years. It is one of the Midland Gateway Towns which is marked for development and further investment over the coming years.

Athlone is renowned for its location on the banks of the River Shannon, which flows through the town centre. Lough Ree just north of the town is one of the largest lakes on the Shannon and Lakelands Region and provides the perfect location for water activities such as angling, cruising, water skiing, wind surfing and sailing. The town is easily accessed by rail and road and with ever improving national and local infrastructure is within a short driving distance of Dublin, Galway and Knock airports.

Many of the amenities such as shopping, restaurants, hotels and theatres are located in the town centre which makes it an ideal location to visit for leisure or business.








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