- Bord Bia Announces the Return of the Food & Drink Awards - Call for entries!
1st July 2015
- Government launches Midlands Action Plan for Jobs, part of €250million Regional Jobs Strategy
29th June 2015
- Talk on Borders lll. from Kathmandu to Kerry and Beyond
17th June 2015
- Foundation 15 – what’s it all about?
16th June 2015
- Sojourn – The Sneak Preview
8th June 2015
- Laois Youth Theatre know how to put on a show!
3rd June 2015
- Longford Summer Festival 20153 July - 5 July 2015 Connolly Barracks
- Midland Home & Garden Festival17 July - 19 July 2015
- Cruthú Arts Festival23 July - 26 July 2015
- Bat Walk with Bat Conservation Ireland12 September 2015 Belvedere House Gardens & Park
- Bat Walk with Bat Conservation Ireland17 September 2015 Belvedere House Gardens & Park
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 more than 282,000 people or 6% of the national population 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.