- IDA Half-Year Results Very Strong – Competitiveness key to maintaining investment levels
12th June 2018
- €4.5 million Community Enhancement Programme
31st May 2018
- Government launches four funds for rural development, urban regeneration, climate action & innovation
30th May 2018
- 100 jobs announced for Longford
14th May 2018
- New Food Starter Programme
14th May 2018
- Gas pipeline route residents urged to register interest now
10th May 2018
- Birr Comedy Weekend29 June - 1 July 2018 The Chestnut, Birr
- 20 Years of Apres Match30 June 2018 8:00 pmBirr Theatre & Arts Centre
- The 'Shannon Feastivel' - a weekend of Feasting and Fun River Activity8 September - 9 September 2018 Athlone
- World Canals Conference10 September - 12 September 2018 Athlone, County Westmeath
- National Ploughing Championships18 September - 20 September 2018 Screggan, Tullamore, County Offaly
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.