On Thursday, 2 July 1903 the Gordon Bennett Cup ran through Athy. It was the first international motor race to be held in Britain or Ireland.
Athy contains the only permanent exhibition on Ernest Shackleton, who was born not far from the town in Kilkea House.
Athy is the linking point between the Grand Canal and the Barrow Navigation.
Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis was born in 1904 in Ballinturbbert House, Athy
Crom Abu Bridge was named after the war cry of the Fitzgeralds.
Athy hosted the very first Ploughing Championships in 1931.
The earliest existing record of corporate status for Athy dates back to 7 October 1515 when King Henry VIII granted the town a charter
In 1798 captured United Irishmen rebels were flogged by the militia in the Town Square