- 30 YEARS, ARTISTS, PLACES - MAJOR TOURING IRISH ART EXHIBITION
28th January 2016
- New Exhibition at Laois Arthouse, Stradbally
27th January 2016
- IDA Announces Regional Statistics
19th January 2016
- SFI Announce Funding for iLOFAR Station at Birr Castle
12th January 2016
- Silence Roars Opens on November 5th
28th October 2015
- Midland Regional Energy Seminar set for Tullamore, Thursday, October 15th 2015
1st October 2015
- Romanza14 February 2016 Birr Theatre & Arts Centre
- Duke Special & Guests17 April 2016 8:00 pmBirr Theatre & Arts Centre
- RTE All Ireland Drama Festival28 April - 7 May 2016 Athlone
- Uisneach Bealtaine Fire Celebration6 May 2016 The Hill of Uisneach
- Ballinalee Connemara Pony Show - Horse Shows and Fairs12 June 2016 Ballinalee, Co. Longford
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.