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Ciara Whelan and Jon Slattery, The Holiday Show TV3

"Jon and I went to Westmeath for the most recent series, and it was fantastic. Before that the only thing that would have prompted me to go to Westmeath for a weekend would have been maybe a hen party.
 
We were up really early one absolutely freezing morning to go out on a lake on a boat. As we walked towards the water, the sun was just rising and it was spectacular. If you'd experienced that in somewhere like South Africa you'd be bowled over, gushing about the experience. But when these things are on your doorstep, we don't always appreciate them in the same way.
 
What an under-rated county! It's beautiful with plenty to do and see. The people are so nice there too, that really makes such a difference. Westmeath is most certainly my recently-discovered hidden gem”.

Kingdom of Sports

Kingdom of Sports is a fun new leisure activity open to all ages and level of ability. In this non contact skills challenge, test your ability against your friends in the Kingdom of Sports arena. 

The Arena contains 10 different sports all in their own self contained sections with slopped floors and conveyor belts to return all equipment as needed. 

The fun doesn’t stop with just sports they also offer an upstairs viewing Café, Pool, Foosball and Big Screen TV.

Address: Canal Avenue, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
Tel: +353 44 9313000 
Email:  info@kingdomofsports.ie | Web: www.kingdomofsports.ie


Cycling

Bloomfield House Hotel is located on a new looped cycling route. Enjoy the fresh air, peace and tranquillity. Take in the views of Lough Ennell, relax at Lilliput amenity area or visit Belvedere House and Gardens. This route can take from 2.5 - 3.5 hours. There are also two more looped cycling routes to choose from in the surrounding area.


Mullingar Equestrian Centre

The Fagan Family extend a warm welcome to all horse lovers at Mullingar Equestrian Centre situated in the heart of Ireland just one hours drive from Dublin city. The centre is very much a family affair, and we invite you to come and share our passion for equestrian sports. During the summer months we specialise in residential horse riding & English courses for 10 to 18 year olds. Guests usually stay for two weeks or more. Robert Fagan the centres manager, a very experienced show jumper himself has a deep commitment to equestrian sport and ensures that the centre operates to the highest standard. We offer equestrian day trips, tuition in flatwork & Show jumping. We especially welcome visitors in Ireland to come & enjoy our weekly shows especially our International Show in June. Full fixture list on our website.

Directions: Mullingar Equestrian Centre is situated in the centre of Ireland one hour from Dublin city. Take the M4 from Dublin to Mullingar. We are situated 1.5 kms from Mullingar on the Athlone road ( R390 ) Check our website for detailed directions.

Address: Athlone Road, Mullingar, County Westmeath, Republic of Ireland
Tel: +353 (0)44 9348331 | Fax: +353 (0)44 9349004 | Mobile: +353 (0)86 8514317
E-mail: info@mullingarequestrian.com | Web: www.mullingarequestrian.com


Ladestown House Riding Stables

Ladestown House is a historic manor house offering riding in woodlands and by lake shores in the beautiful County Westmeath. Beginners, nervous riders and children are welcome.

Address: Ladestown, Mullingar, County Westmeath | Tel: +353 (0)44 9348218 | 
 

Ballinagore Equestrian Centre

In a very friendly environment, Ballinagore Equestrian Centre prides itself on offering our clients a high standard facility including Indoor Arena, Outdoor Arenas, Cross Country Course, Stables and Paddocks with a Riding School and Riding Club.
 
Address:Ballinagore,  Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath | Tel: +353(0) 860353502 | +353(0) 871918775
Email: info@ballinagoreequestriancentre.ie | Web: www.ballinagoreequestriancentre.ie
 

Mullingar Greyhound Stadium

Firmly established as one of the leading entertainment venues in the Midlands, Mullingar Greyhound Stadium offers a panoramic view of all the racing action, 2 superb licensed bars, restaurant and snack bar facilities. Ideal for social and corporate outings with packages to suit all tastes. Families welcome, group discounts available. Mullingar stadium provides thrilling dog racing action every Thursday and Saturday night.

Opening Times: Racing Every Thursday & Saturday | Doors open 6.30pm.

Special Greyhound Racing and Accommodation packages available at Bloomfield House Hotel.

Address: Ballinderry, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
Tel: 044-93-48348 | Fax: 044-93-42362
Email: info@mullingargreyhoundstadium.ie | Web: www.igb.ie/mullingar


Ambushed Paintballing & Laser Tag

Paintball is a game played in a forest much like a friendly battle. Groups are divided into teams and safety equipment is provided. Paintballing is great for office & corporate outings, Stag and Hen Parties and birthday parties.

Laser Tag Games Mobile Units are available and can be arranged at Bloomfield House Hotel.

Paintball Strictly 16yrs and over. Laser Tag Strictly 8yrs and over.

Address: Gaybrook Demesne , Gaybrook, Mullingar, County Westmeath
Tel: +353 (0)44 9334966 | Mobile: +353 (0)86 8593004
E-mail: sales@paintballing.ie | Web: www.paintballing.ie


Lilliput Adventure Centre

Lilliput Adventure Centre, located on the shores of Lough Ennell, County Westmeath offer Abseiling, archery, Canadian sailing, canoeing, kayaking, orienteering and raft building.

Address: Lilliput House, Lough Ennell, County Westmeath

Telephone: +353 (0)44 9226789
Fax: +353 (0)44 9226789 Web: www.lilliputadventure.com


Angling

Bloomfield House Hotel, Leisure Club and Spa enjoy an idyllic setting on the shores of Lough Ennell outside of Mullingar town in the midlands of Ireland. It is conveniently located just an hour’s drive from Dublin.

Here, you will find some of the best fishing, angling and water sports that Ireland has to offer.

Public piers and jetties are located at Bloomfield House Hotel, Buttlersbridge, Whitesbridge Bay, Ladestown and Lilliput. There is good public access off the Mullingar - Kilbeggan road and off the Mullingar - Castletown Geoghegan road.

Lough Ennell covers an area of 3200 acres (1,300 hectares). A feature of the lake is its huge area of shallow water. Nearly two-thirds of it is less than 25 feet and almost half is less than 10 feet deep. There is a good stock of wild brown trout averaging 2lbs. with 3 to 4 lbs. frequently been taken. The Irish record for brown trout which weighted 26lbs. 2ozs was taken on this lake. From the end of September and early October wet fly fishing is very good with bags of 2-3 fish common.

In the area you will find

  • Excellent trout fishing
  • Very good Pike Angling
  • Coarse Angling
  • Choice of productive waters
  • Good public access to these waters
  • Good infrastructure, boat hire, tackle shops

Sheelin. (IFI permit) Trout, Pike, coarse. Closed to all angling from 13th October to last day Feb.
Derravaragh. (IFI permit) Trout, Pike, coarse.
Owel. (IFI permit) Trout, Pike, coarse.
Ennell. (IFI permit) Trout, Pike, coarse.
Mount Dalton. (IFI permit) Trout. 1st May to 12th October.
Lough Glore. (IFI permit) Trout, Pike, coarse.
Lough Ree. (No permit) Trout, Pike, coarse. Closes 30th September
Gaulmoylestown. (IFI permit) Carp.
Ballinafid Lake. (IFI permit) Pike, coarse, Carp.
Slevin’s, Sheever, Mc Evoy’s. (IFI permit) Pike, coarse, Carp.
Lough Patrick. (IFI permit) Pike, coarse.
Doolin Lake. (IFI permit) Pike, coarse.
River Inny. (IFI permit) Trout, Pike, coarse.
River Brosna. (IFI permit) Trout, Pike, coarse.
River Shannon. (No Permit) Trout, Pike, coarse.

Angling season for trout
1st March 30th September
Lough Lene. (Club tickets). Brown trout, Rainbow trout, pike. 1st March 30th September.
White Lake. (Club tickets). Brown Trout, Rainbow trout. 1st March 30th September.
Lough Bane. (Club tickets). Brown trout, pike. 1st March 30th September.
Dysart lakes. Pike, coarse.
River Deel. (Club tickets) Wild brown trout.
Stoneyford River. (Club tickets) Wild brown trout.
Royal Canal. (No permit) Pike, coarse.

What are the key angling regulations?

Game
Angling season 1st March to 12th October - Shannon
Angling season 1st March to 30th September - Eastern.
Three trout bag limit per angler per day.
Trout must be over 30cm in length. (lake).
Trout must be over 25cm in length. (river).
Anglers need permits on some waters.
Club membership required on other waters.

Coarse
Angling season open all year.
Angler can take four fish per day.
Fish must be under 25cm in length.
Anglers need permits on some waters.

Pike
Angling season open all year.
Angler can take one fish per day.
Fish must be under 50cm in length.
Anglers need permits on some waters.

Michael Flanagan - Mick is a boat hire operator for fresh water fishing on the Midland Lakes. He also operates a Gillie Service.

Tel: (0)44 9348969 or 087 279 7270 | Email: mick@midlandangling.com

Lilliput Boat Hire - Address: Lilliput, County Westmeath
Mobile: +353 (0)87 6492866 | E-mail: info@lilliputboathire.com
Web: www.lilliputboathire.com

Lilliput is located on the scenic shores of Lough Ennell, Co. Westmeath. Being one of the few inland facilities in Ireland to be a holder of the prestigous Blue Flag award, Lilliput is a beautiful and historic park which can cater for everybody's tastes.

Boat Hire Eileen Hope - Eileen Hope is a boat hire operator for fresh water fishing on Lough Ennell.
Address: Lough Ennell, Mullingar, County Westmeath | Tel: +353 (0)44 9340807

Doolans Boat Hire - Lough Owel is a well known Trout Lake. It covers an area of 2,500 acres and is situated 3km north of Mullingar on the N4. The open season is from 1st March - 12th October. We have a fleet of Fibre Glass Boats and engines can be provided. We also arrange a Ghillie service.

Address: Doolan's Boat Hire , Lough Owel , Mullingar, County Westmeath
Tel: +353 (0)44 9342085 | E-mail: michaeldoolan26@hotmail.com

Irish Angling Safaries - Irish Angling Safaris on Lough Derravaragh, offers visiting anglers the complete fishing package. We arrange accommodation in a choice of hotels, guesthouses or Self Catering Cottages. Our boats, which have been specially imported from the US are fully equipped with all the latest angling gadgetry, comfort, safety and technology. Alan is a well known fisherman, writer and broadcaster on pike matters. He'll be on hand to advise you throughout your stay.
Address: Crookedwood, County Westmeath | Tel: +353 (0)44 9372015  Web: www.irelandpike.com

Lough Derravaragh Boat Hire - Situated on the shores just off the N4, 4 kms outside the village of Multyfarnham. We provide fiberglass lake boats with outboard engines, lifejackets & fuel.
Address: Donore Shore, Multyfarnham, County Westmeath
Tel: +353 (0)44 9371500 | Fax: +353 (0)44 9371394
Mobile: +353 (0)86 8230363 | E-mail: Camping@iol.ie

Boat Hire Oliver Daly - Oliver Daly is a boat hire operator for fresh water fishing on Lough Derravaragh. He also operates a Gillie Service.
Address: Multyfarnham, County Westmeath | Tel: +353 (0)44 9371220

Boat Hire Martin Fagan - Martin Fagan is a boat hire operator for fresh water fishing on Lough Derrvaragh.
Address: Fulmourth, Multyfarnham, County Westmeath | Tel: +353 (0)44 9371353

Angling White Lake - The White Lake is four miles east of Castlepollard, County Westmeath. It is stocked with both rainbow and brown trout. There is a 10 inch ( 254 mm ) size limit and a bag limit of six trout. This lake is managed by White Lake Anglers' Association.
Address: Castlepollard, County Westmeath | Tel: +353 (0)44 9348650

O'Malleys Fishing Tackle Specialist, Watchmaker & Jeweller - Mullingar's oldest established tackle shop! For the best local fishing knowledge and appropriate fishing tackle, come to Mullingar's longest established tackle shop.
Address: Dominick Street, Mullingar, County Westmeath
Tel: +353 (0)44 9348300 | E-mail: dpomalley@eircom.net

Mullingar Sailing Club - A small friendly club situated at Lough Owel just outside Mullingar. The water quality is excellent as the lake forms the reservoir for Mullingar water supply. Facilities include clubhouse, hard standing and launching slipway.
Address: Lough Owel, Mullingar, County Westmeath | Tel: +353 (0)44 9342058
E-mail: milnerk@gofree.indigo.ie | Web: www.msail.net


Lakeland Shooting Centre

Clay pigeon shooting is something that can be enjoyed by all in all weathers. Beginners are started off with comparatively easy clays and as one progresses the targets are changed to present a challenge. Staff at the centre are very experienced shooters and are always on hand to help with every shot. Also on site is a fully stocked gunshop with resident gunsmith. Private and group lessons are available. Corporate days are also arranged. Clay pigeon shooting is only open on a Friday night for experienced shooters and thereafter open by appointment only. 

This new clay pigeon shooting centre is located 10km from Mullingar on the N52 and a short driving distance from Bloomfield House Hotel.

Address: Dalystown, Mullingar, County Westmeath | Tel: +353 (0)44 9223127 
E-mail: info@lakelandshootingcentre.ie | Web: www.lakelandshootingcentre.ie



Lough Owel Pitch and Putt

Description: Lough Owel is a challenging 18 hole championship course set on a scenic 25 acre site on the shores of Lough Owel. The design provides and exciting challenge for both the casual and accomplished player. There is also a Pitching Range, a Practice Putting Green and a full size croquet lawn.

Special rates for groups, societies an corporate Outings.

Address: Tullaghan, Mullingar, County Westmeath | Tel: 044-93-48319


The Hill of Uisneach

The Hill of Uisneach, situated between the villages of Ballymore and Loughanavally, was the ancient seat of the Kings of Meath. Its roots stretch back into ancient mythology with its history rooted in a La Tene period of the Iron Age and it has been placed in the same league as the Hill of Tara in neighbouring County Meath.

Uisneach has also been famous as a meeting place in pre history as a place of cattle rituals and other ‘May Day’ assemblies, and in more recent times as the meeting place for an important twelfth century synod. St. Patrick and St. Brigid have important connections with the Hill, it being claimed that it was here St. Brigid received the veil from St. Patrick.

The importance of Uisneach in early times is reflected in the large number of monuments – almost twenty – mostly ring forts and tumuli which are scattered around and upon it. it was said to be linked to Tara by a chariot road and many of the town-lands which impinge on the hill re named for the remaining features such as Meawira meaning “the bald fort” or more likely “the dismantled fort”, Rathnew or “the new fort” and Togherstown meaning “the town of the causeway”. The most famous feature on Uisneach is the CAT STONE, named so because it resembles a cat watching a mouse. It is a huge limestone boulder almost six metres high which is estimated to weigh over 30 ton and is said to mark the centre of Ireland or the coming together of the provinces.

The Hill of Uisneach is located in the heart of Ireland in County Westmeath and is unique in that one can view more counties from this hill than any other – 21 in total. Situated on the exact centre point of the island, it was the ancient home of the Goddess Ériu and the true residence of the High Kings of Ireland. Over the centuries Uisneach was a busy, bustling place where all clans, tribes, chiefs and faiths came together at Ériu’s burial place – Aill na Mireann, or the ‘Catstone’ - to pass laws, trade and renew allegiance to each other. Each May they gathered to praise Ériu and celebrate the arrival of summer with the Bealtaine festival. Traders from around the world came and practically every mythology features some mention of this festival. Artefacts from the Middle East and Afghanistan have been found in archaeological digs, and the Hill was mentioned in many pre-Christian texts. Even Caesar spoke of the festival.

In more recent times, Uisneach was an important meeting and rallying place. An important 12th Century Christian Synod took place here, whilst the likes of St. Patrick and St. Brigid, Brian Boru, Fionn MacChumaill and the notorious O’Neill clan all have connections to the hill. Eamon De Valera, Padraic Pearse and Daniel O’Connell all addressed rallies there, and James Joyce, pop star Michael Jackson and the leader of the Sioux Nation have all visited.

Some forty monuments are scattered upon the Hill, each with a unique story to tell. We hope to tell these stories, and make a bit of new history on this most historic and important site.

Address: Killare, County Westmeath


The Belvedere Trail

The Belvedere Trail. The Starting point for the Belvedere Trail is Mullingar Town.

Mullingar is a town associated with agriculture and noted as a prime cattle-rearing area. The area has a strong farming history and yet it is a vibrant & thriving commercial town. The town its self is easily accessible due to its location on the N4 and its railway station (which