New Further Education Facility for Athlone

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Further Education in the Midlands to receive another significant boost, with a multi-million euro investment for Athlone getting the go ahead, which will see a new Further Education Facility being developed on grounds of the Athlone Training Centre Campus. The project was announced by LWETB Longford Westmeath Education and Training Board (LWETB) and Minister Simon […]

Midlands Food & Drink wins 18 Awards at Blas na hEireann 2022

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It was a hugely successful event for Midlands Food and Drink Producers at the prestigious Blas na hEireann Awards 2022 in Dingle. The region won a total of 18 Awards, including Gold, Silver and Bronze, as well as a number of Chef’s Larder Awards. The winning producers showcase the quality and broad flavours of Midlands […]

Midlands at the centre of building a new Ireland.

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John Kelly is the Manager of the LOETB – National Construction Training Centre, Mount Lucas, County Offaly and recently he took me on a tour of the 33-acre sight. It is the only place in Ireland doing the national scaffolding apprenticeship which was officially launched in July by Minister Simon Harris. At the time he also […]

New Variety of courses in Further Education


Thinking of starting a new course, something new, and looking for something a little different? Did you know that along with many of the courses on offer in Further Education, you can now study Science, Sound Engineering, Music Performance or even Digital Media with your local Education and Training Board? There are dozens of Community […]

Brother and Sister ‘lockdown’ success story

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“People in Ireland aren’t aware of the amount of funding and support that’s out there for them.”   (Ruairi Dooley BiaSol) When brother and sister Ruari (31) and Niamh Dooley (28) were little they never got on! With tales of ‘Barbie haircutting’ and ‘soap on toothbrushes’, it’s hard to believe the Tullamore based brother and […]

Browne’s expand to Tullamore

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There’s a reason ‘addicted to progress’ is written in neon lights over Padraig Browne’s new venture in business.  Known for the provenance and quality of their food, Padraig and his family are no strangers to progress. At 40 Padraig moved from Waterford to work in the meat business in the midlands. At 57 and three […]

New Film Studios for Mullingar

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Hammerlake Studios are planning a 460,000sq.ft Studio Campus in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. The development may become Ireland’s largest film studio facility. It is set to produce movies and shows for the global market and create 1,000 jobs in Lough Sheever Business Park. 300 construction staff will be employed during the building phase, with the first phase […]

Midlands Hospice Gets Go Ahead


GREEN LIGHT! €20 Million Funding Announced For Midlands Hospice!The government has announced €20 Million in funding for the construction of a 20-bed facility at Tullamore Regional Hospital. The Midlands Region has been fighting for it’s own Centre of Excellence for decades. This is great news for a campaign and story that has been running for […]

Midlands win big at IMR Manufacturing & Supply Chain Award 2022

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Two Midlands companies win Big at the 2022 Irish Manufacturing Research Manufacturing & Supply Chain Awards which took place in the Kilashee Hotel in Naas, Co. Kildare last Friday. No strangers to Awards, Mersus Technologies in Athlone who won ‘Best Training and Development Programme’ for their work with Boston Scientific Cork, in an award sponsored […]

Midlands-based The Factory finalist in SEAI Energy Awards

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Congratulations to eco-print and graphic design company, The Factory, on being named as a Finalist in the 2022 Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Energy Awards. The company, based in Five Alley near Birr, is run by father and daughter team, Brendan and Lisa Dooley. The company is nominated in the Small to Medium Enterprise […]