- Register your Event for National Heritage Week
30th May 2016
- Longford-based Kiernan Structural Steel announces 50 new jobs
27th May 2016
- A NEW WAY TO EXPLORE LOUGH BOORA SCULPTURES
19th May 2016
- Laois Bealtaine Festival
18th May 2016
- Nominations are now open for the Midlands Gateway Chamber’s Best in Business Awards 2016
13th May 2016
- En Plein Air Film and Catalogue launch
13th May 2016
- On My Green Way I Wend An exhibition of paintings by Maria O’Brien7 May - 3 June 2016 The Laois Arthouse Gallery, Stradbally, Co. Laois
- Reflective Creations Exhibition11 May - 3 June 2016 Offaly County Council
- Anderson3 June 2016 9:00 pmUpstairs@ Hugh Lynch’s Tullamore
- Film@birrtheatre: Room7 June 2016 8:00 pmBirr Theatre & Arts Centre
- Room Film@BirrTheatre7 June 2016 8:00 pmBirr Theatre & Arts Centre
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.