The Rise of the Esker

The Esker Arts Centre in Tullamore is finally opening its doors to the public on April 15th. After decades of trying to get the Arts Centre off the ground, with community groups and individuals, all flying the flag for years, it was the amalgamation with Offaly County Council that helped see it through. I paid […]

Midlands nominated for 8 Irish Wedding Venue Awards

Wedding venues across the Midlands are celebrating after receiving a total of 8 nominations in the finals of the Annual Irish Wedding Venue Awards. The annual awards recognise the best in venues, special places and spaces, rewarding excellence, high quality and unique offerings to make a special day truly special. This year, 47 of […]

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 […]

Over €3.2 million in funding for 20 Midlands Town and Village Renewal projects

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, has today (14 December) announced over €27 million in funding that will combat dereliction and breathe new life into rural towns and villages across Ireland, with over €3.2 million of the fund being allocated to projects in the Midlands region. The announcement represents the largest ever […]

Boost for Public Transport routes across the Midlands

Transport connectivity in the Midlands is set to for a series of improvements with new public transport announcements from Bus Eireann and Iarnroid Eireann under Transport for Ireland. Improved bus services between Athlone, Mullingar and Drogheda, and between Athlone and Cavan are the latest announcements, serving many towns and villages of the region along the […]

Significant boost for LGBT+ Community Projects throughout the Midlands

LGBTI+ Community Projects across the Midlands region have received funding under the National LGBTI+ Inclusion Strategy. The Strategy is based on four key themes, providing a vision of an Ireland where members of the LGBTI+ community are healthy, visible and included, safe and supported and treated equally. Positive visibility and increased non-stereotypical representation of LGBTI+ […]

Over €1.8 million to upgrade 18 Community Centres across the Midlands region

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, along with the Tánaiste Leo Varadkar TD, have today announced funding of over €1.8 million for the upgrade and development of 18 Community Centres across Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath. The announcement under the new Community Centre Investment Fund represents the largest ever capital investment […]

Over €1.2m for Midlands under Embracing Ireland’s Outdoors

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A total of 5 projects across the Midlands will share in a new fund under the National Outdoor Recreation Strategy. Launched by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, the goal is to make Ireland a destination of choice internationally for outdoor adventures. Building from a ground-up, locally led approach, over €1.2 million […]

Tullamore Harbour in €200,000 overhaul

Contracts have been signed with Waterways Ireland and Grafton Architects for the preparation of a €200,000 masterplan that will aim to breathe new life into the Tullamore’s Grand Canal Harbour area. Under the project, Grafton Architects will prepare development options for the site and a viability appraisal. They will then prepare a masterplan, following direction […]

TUS Learning Gates open across the Midlands

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The Technological University of the Shannon has opened new ‘TUS Learning Gates’ at locations across the Midlands. Several ‘TUS Learning Gates’ are to be located throughout the Midlands region, ensuring access to Higher Education opportunities is available to those living and working in surrounding areas throughout the Midlands. The first TUS Learning Gates to open […]