- Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys announces details of new €70m Transitional LEADER Programme
9th April 2021
- Minister Martin and Fáilte Ireland announce new Outdoor Dining Scheme with Local Authorities
31st March 2021
- The Government launch 'Our Rural Future' a blueprint to transform rural Ireland - the most ambitious policy for rural development in decades.
29th March 2021
- Minister Harris and Minister Collins announce €20 million capital funding to expand apprenticeship provision across further and higher education
26th March 2021
- The 130km Royal Canal Greenway has been officially launched and is now the country's longest greenway.
24th March 2021
- Laois & Offaly to receive a total of €770,000 to improve routes, trails & signage in the Slieve Bloom Mountains.
22nd March 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.