- Minister Humphreys and Failte Ireland announce €3.2 million in ORIS funding for outdoor recreational amenities.
18th January 2021
- Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has published Ireland’s first National Remote Work Strategy
15th January 2021
- 16,496 new jobs created by Enterprise Ireland supported companies in 2020
11th January 2021
- Minister Humphreys announces over €15.4 million in funding for 147 rural towns and villages under the Town & Village Renewal Scheme
8th January 2021
- IDA Ireland announces results for 2020, and Tánaiste launches IDA Ireland’s new four-year strategy with continued focus on Regional development
7th January 2021
- Minister Harris announces four new retrofitting centres of excellence
4th January 2021
Welcome to MidlandsIreland.ie
The Midlands of Ireland is a thriving, vibrant region with opportunities for living, learning, enterprise and tourism. Encompassing the counties of Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath, it is home to almost 292,000 people.
The landscape of the Midland Region is diverse, dominated by the River Shannon and its callows along the western boundary, interspersed with the lakes, wetlands, bogs, agricultural lands and eskers throughout the central area, the upland area of Slieve Bloom Mountains to the south and the rolling landscape of the Barrow and Nore valley to the south east.
The Midland Region has much to offer the tourist, from both a land based and water based perspective, natural heritage, archaeology, architecture, festivals and food are important land-based associations. Water based visitors can enjoy the River Shannon, the Grand and Royal canals, and the numerous lakes throughout the region which offer opportunities for outdoor activities and pursuits including boating angling, canoeing, cycling, walking and wildlife watching. Associated attractions include Lough Ree Environmental Summer School and the monastic sites of Clonmacnoise, Fore, Ardagh and the islands of Lough Ree. The wetland areas of Lough Boora Parklands and the Slieve Bloom Environmental Park present an innovative way for tourists to interact with the unique landscape of the peatlands.