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 […]

Longford Film ‘Lakelands’ set for cinemas and Santa Barbara!

”Last year couldn’t have been much better really” admits Longford filmmaker Robert Higgins, who has just been cited as one of the Irish Independent’s ’50 people to watch in 2023’. Robert is a producer, director and writer, based in Granard, County Longford, who operates the film production and digital media company ‘Harp Media’ with Patrick […]

Midlands Win Big at the Pride of Place Awards

A massive Congratulations to 2 Midlands groups, Mullingar and Geashill Tidy Towns on winning top place in their categories in the IPB National Pride of Place Award 2022. The Pride of Place awards, in it’s 20th year, were established to recognise the selfless efforts of people who make their local neighbourhoods better places to live, […]

Laois filmmaker needs your help!

A young up and coming filmmmaker, Reuben Harvey from Abbeyleix, County Laois is certainly one to watch. Just 22 years of age, he is shooting his final graduate film for Dun Laoghaire National Film School IADT, at the end of January in his hometown of Abbeyleix. Last year, he won a Royal Television Society Undergraduate […]

Longford students win World Design of the year

Two young students from Longford, representing Cnoc Mhuire Secondary School have won the Overall Prize for ‘World Design of the Year’ prize at the Junk Kouture World Final in Abu Dhabi. Solomon Eduard and Joshua Osabuehien from Cnoc Mhuire Granard, along with their teacher Charmaine Hetherton, flew out to Abu Dhabi where they competed against […]

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 […]


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 […]

Family walks in the Midlands over Christmas

Fancy walking off the Christmas turkey, taking a little breather from the in-laws or just dragging your child away from their brand new Nintendo Switch over Christmas? Here are the ‘Midlands Walks of Christmas’, both forest and trail ways, to help you shake off the cobwebs. So lace up your boots, get your scarves ready […]

Midlands Hotels & Resorts receive 9 nominations in Gold Medal Award

The Best Hotels and Resorts across the Midlands have received 9 nominations in this years Gold Medal Awards, which celebrate the Best in Hospitality in Ireland each year. There are nominations for hotels and destinations right across the region, from 5 Star Hotel Spa Experience, to Leading Green Hotel, in the awards which are now […]

€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 […]