- Over €700,000 announced for CLÁR Projects in the Midland Region
1st December 2016
- Midland Region secures over €1M of REDZ funding to stimulate economic development in rural towns and their hinterlands
28th November 2016
- Lowry to attend Sports Awards of the Decade
21st November 2016
- Big funding boost for Lanesboro festival
16th November 2016
- Enterprise Ireland opens €500,000 Competitive Start Fund to Support Female-led Start-Ups
10th November 2016
- The Laois Arthouse Gallery Presents Related to Life
9th November 2016
- Wild Wreath & Festive Food Fair11 December 2016 Mount Briscoe Organic Farm
- My Name is Emily13 December 2016 8:00 pmBirr Theatre & Arts Centre
- Frosty The Snowman15 December 2016 Birr Theatre & Arts Centre
- Christmas Dance Show - Callanan School of Dance17 December 2016 Birr Theatre & Arts Centre
- A Musical Morning with Mercy Primary School Choir20 December 2016 11:00 amBirr Library
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.