Located on the banks of the River Shannon, the University town of Athlone has the largest population in the Midlands with 21,349 people. Central to the town is Athlone Castle which dates back to the 11th Century, making the town a busy tourism destination.
Athlone has developed rapidly in recent years to become one of the fastest growing, and most vibrant towns in Ireland. Driven by a young population, with the majority under 35 years, and the town’s University, TUS Technological University of the Shannon.
A fast-growing reputation as a tourist destination has seen a growing number of award-winning restaurants gaining attention on the national stage, in addition to a vibrant night-time economy with a good choice of hotels and bars. The close proximity of Lough Ree, Clonmacnoise and the tourist village of Glasson are also attracting visitors and residents to the town.
Residents enjoy strong employment opportunities with shorter commute times and excellent schools, shopping and childcare facilities. The town also has numerous sports, recreation and natural amenities nearby. Athlone has recently been named a Top 10 European city for foreign direct investment, and continues to attract global names to base in the area.
Discover more about Athlone as a destination for living, working and investing with our informative town profile.