‘Music, Myths & Legends’
The traditional market town of Mullingar (An Muileann gCearr) translates as “the left-handed mill” and is located in the heart of the Lakelands, where history and heritage combine to create a mythical and magical landscape. Mullingar is famous for the neighbouring lakes, Lough Owel, Lough Ennell and Lough Derravaragh, and the Royal Canal that meanders through the town.
The surrounding areas of Mullingar display some incredible built heritage including Belvedere House and Gardens overlooking Lough Ennell. with its enchanting story of the Jealous Wall and 160 acres of parkland. Lough Ennell is also linked to Mullingar via Lacy’s Canal and the River Brosna while Lough Derravaragh is known for its connection with the Irish legend of the Children of Lir. Located west of Mullingar is the Hill of Uisneach, which is the centre of Ireland not just geographically but also effectively with the highways of early Ireland converging near its centre. North Westmeath presents picturesque country scenes with sparkling lakes and the beautiful Mullaghmeen forest, in addition to unique attractions such as Tullynally Castle and the historic site of Fore Abbey and it’s Seven Wonders offering a distinctive visitor experience.
The hinterland of Mullingar is also home to Locke’s Distillery in Kilbeggan as well as sporting venues such as the Kilbeggan Races and the Mullingar Greyhound Stadium. Not forgetting Mullingar’s links to the music industry, the town is known for its links to singer Joe Dolan, ‘Bressie’ and Niall Horan of international ‘One Direction’ boyband fame.
Mullingar offers a central location midway between Dublin and the West with ease of access (less than an hour from Dublin airport), with a selection of hotels, restaurants pubs and sporting and recreational venues such as the Kilbeggan Racecourse and the Mullingar Greyhound Stadium, as well as a central access point to the National Cycle Network.
Mullingar, the county town of Westmeath - a thriving, bustling town and historically a busy market centre has grown into a leading hub of enterprise, industry and commercial development. Confident Capital of the Lakes, County Town of Westmeath, Mullingar is a thriving business, administrative and industrial centre. Famous for Beefsteak, Bachelors and international singing stars including the great Joe Dolan, Bressie and of course One Direction superstar Niall Horan. Mullingar is a market town with a rich heritage dating back to Norman times. Its beautiful Renaissance style Cathedral looks over this bustling town which is encircled by the Royal Canal.
Mullingar is located on the N4 between Dublin and Sligo and not far from the intersection with the main road to Galway (N6). An ideal location, less than an hour west of the greater Dublin area on the M4, has meant that Mullingar has become a very popular choice as a place to visit and do business. Mullingar is also only 50 minutes from the M50, Dublin's "Ring Road" from which Dublin Airport, Dublin Port, Dun Laoighre, and generally any part of the capital are easily accessed.
Set amidst stunning lakes and inland waterways, the town can offer peaceful living combined with a busy commercial life. Nearby lakes provide peaceful amenity areas and wonderful lakeviews. Mullingar is located in one of the most scenic and beautiful areas close to all of the major lakes in the midlands and provides a wonderful lifestyle on your back door. In addition, all sporting activities including horse riding, golf and watersports are within only a short distance and provide excellent opportunities for rest and relaxation.
Mullingar is now linked with the adjoining towns of Athlone and Tullamore to form one of the most important gateway networks in the country. This gateway network, comprising of a combined population of 130,000, will receive increased funding from national resources to further develop infrastructure, enterprise and industrial activity in this region. The town has a significant agricultural hinterland and an existing strong industrial and technical base. Mullingar is the administrative centre for Co Westmeath, the County Council Offices, a large Garda headquarters, a general hospital and two other hospitals as well as headquarters for Teagasc and Coillte (Forestry Regional Offices).
Key attractions include:
- Accessible location – 80 kms from Dublin on M4 motorway
- Easy access to key airports and port services
- Excellent road and rail links with major centres