- Irish Tourism Industry Awards 2017
7th September 2016
- €4.455 million approved by Minister Ring for 75 Rural Recreation Project
5th September 2016
- Early stage female entrepreneurs, apply for a funded place on ACORNS 2
30th August 2016
- Two million people now in employment in the State
23rd August 2016
- Search for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur is now underway
16th August 2016
- Pharma group Jazz opens Athlone manufacturing plant
2nd August 2016
- Life Science Career Opportunities - Biopharma, Medtech Engineering Fair28 September 2016 9:00 amAthlone Institute of Technology
- James Fintan Lalor Autumn School30 September - 2 October 2016
- Scene of the Rhyme30 September 2016 9:30 amJoe Lee's Church St, Tullamore
- Midlands Science Festival13 November - 20 November 2016
- Jack L Live2 December 2028 Hugh Lynch's, Kilbride St., Tullamore.
Welcome to MidlandsIreland.ie
The Midlands of Ireland is a thriving, vibrant region with opportunities for living, learning, enterprise and tourism. Encompassing the counties of Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath, population in the region has risen rapidly in recent years, with almost 292,000 people calling the Midlands home.
Located in the ‘heart’ of Ireland, the Midland Region encompasses the counties of Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath. The landscape of the Midland Region is diverse, dominated by the River Shannon and its callows along the western boundary, interspersed with the lakes, wetlands, bogs, agricultural lands and eskers throughout the central area, the upland area of Slieve Bloom Mountains to the south and the rolling landscape of the Barrow and Nore valley to the south east.
The Midland Region has much to offer the tourist, from both a land based and water based perspective, natural heritage, archaeology, architecture, festivals and food are important land-based associations. Water based visitors can enjoy the River Shannon, the Grand and Royal canals, and the numerous lakes throughout the region which offer opportunities for outdoor activities and pursuits including boating angling, canoeing, cycling, walking and wildlife watching. Associated attractions include Lough Ree Environmental Summer School and the monastic sites of Clonmacnoise, Fore, Ardagh and the islands of Lough Ree. The wetland areas of Lough Boora Parklands and the Slieve Bloom Environmental Park present an innovative way for tourists to interact with the unique landscape of the peatlands.