- Ministers announce funding call for more Greenways
13th January 2020
- Minister Humphreys announces over €40m for 26 Projects to drive job creation in the regions
8th January 2020
- IDA Ireland achieves all targets in ‘Winning – Foreign Direct Investment 2015-2019’ Strategy
8th January 2020
- Minister Ring announces €62 million in Government funding for 26 Rural Regeneration and Development projects across the country
12th November 2019
- Athlone Institute of Technology has been named The Sunday Times ‘Institute of Technology of the Year 2020’
4th November 2019
- New Technological University (TU) for the Midlands
15th October 2019
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, it is home to almost 292,000 people.
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.