<br>TUS and Zinkworks Launch €2M Telecommunications Research Group

Technological University of the Shannon and Athlone-based technology company Zinkworks have launched a new €2M Telecommunications Research Group to Make Driverless, Intelligent Shipping Ports a Reality The group will develop cutting-edge autonomous port management capabilities using 5G, AI and cloud, improving eco-efficiency and safety. As the race for self-driving cars heats up, a team of […]

CAO Points ‘game-changer’

A new government initiative will allow students to start a degree programme in a college of further education (FE) and finish it in a university, without the big worry of CAO points. For the Midlands, TUS (Technological University of the Shannon) will be involved in the initial phase. This landmark policy will see students commence […]

2023 Green Awards features 7 Midlands Finalists


The Midlands region is celebrating an outstanding 7 Award Nominations at the upcoming Green Awards 2023, which recognise the very best in Green Business and Sustainability across Ireland. Topping the Midlands entries is Laois’s C J Sheeran, nominated for 3 Awards. The Mountrath-based business is Ireland’s top producer and recycler of wooden packaging products, and […]

Enterprise Ireland show 4% jobs growth in Midlands for 2022

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Midlands businesses backed by Enterprise Ireland increased employment numbers by 4% in 2022, according to new figures released by the Agency today. The total number employed by businesses working with Enterprise Ireland in the region now stands at close to 12,000. In 2021, the Midlands region was the fastest-growing region in the country for the […]


Congratulations to Wines Direct Ltd, Mullingar, after Westmeath County Council granted planning permission for them to enter the Athlone market.Located in Lough Sheever, Business Park, Mullingar, they expanded location is earmarked for Units 1 and 3, at The Hickey Building, along Magazine Road, Athlone. The project will involve amalgamating both units into one. Gareth Keogh and his brother Gavin, are […]

Start a new Course in January, 2023?

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Why not start the year 2023 afresh by taking up a new course with your local Further Education and Training Centre? We have compiled a list of some part-time and FREE courses taking place across the midlands, that range in skills from ‘Mindfullness’ to Bookkeeping, Art or even Construction. Most people think they can only […]

New STEM Building approved for TUS Athlone with capacity for 1,000 students

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris has today (21 December) welcomed the conclusion and signing of the contracts for the construction of six new buildings across multiple campuses in the eastern, southern and midlands regions. As part of the announcement, a new 65,000sq.ft. STEM Building will be constructed on […]

EU officially approves €169 million Just Transition Fund for the Midlands Region

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The European Commission has today officially approved Ireland’s Territorial Just Transition Plan and associated Programme for 2021-2027. The approval has been welcomed by the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan, and follows government approval on 29 November 2022. The EU Just Transition Fund (EUJTF) is targeted at the Midlands region. The designated […]

€68 million in EU Just Transition Funding allocated to Tourism in Ireland’s Midlands

Tourism across the Midlands region is set to be transformed through a regenerative tourism scheme which will be funded by the Just Transition Fund. €68million has been allocated to the National Tourism Development Authority, Failte Ireland, to implement a Regenerative Tourism & Placemaking Scheme for Ireland’s Midlands. The focus of the scheme is to provide […]

Well that beats Banagher!

Banagher is looking good! The Banagher Painting Scheme has been completed, have a look at the photos. The aim of the Scheme was to improve the visual appearance of the town on the approach from the Marina. Funded under a Department of Rural and Community Development initiative, applications were received from eligible property owners in […]