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 […]

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 […]

Solar Farm for Offaly

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Offaly County Council has given the green light for a large solar farm in Edenderry. The Solar farm will be located on a 117-hectare development south of Edenderry. On the sight, PV panels will be constructed on metal frames, new access tracks and 22 MV Power Stations. The solar farm would be operational for 40 […]

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 […]

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 celebrates at Irish Restaurant Awards

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It was a great night for Midlands Food and Drink at the Irish Restaurant Awards, with the Leinster awards seeing the best in food and drink from our region celebrated at a big annual event for the industry in association with The Irish Times. The quality of food and drink in the Midlands region continues […]

Birr Castle Hot Air Ballooning

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The 50th Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships takes place in Birr, Co Offaly, from Saturday 24th to Friday 30th September 2022. The skies above the town will be filled with Hot Air Balloons in a brilliant display for all the family. Balloons are scheduled to launch twice each day, weather permitting, at approximately 7:30am and […]

Culture Night 2022

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Culture Night is one of the biggest nights in the Arts calendar, we take a look at what’s happening in the Midlands this year. OFFALY are be central to RTÉ’s Culture Night special. They broadcast live from Lough Boora Discovery Park on RTÉ One. The RTÉ Concert Orchestra and a selection of guest artists perform. […]

Major regeneration project for Edenderry continues progress

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A major urban regeneration project for Edenderry continues to progress, as Offaly County Council plans for a new flagship Library and Arts Centre move to design phase. The ambitious Blundell Masterplan envisages a new urban quarter for the town, with a new link from the Square and JKL Street opening up to Blundell Castle and […]