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Eighty kilometres east of Dublin, straddling the Tullamore River, lies Tullamore, Offaly's county town (population 10,000). Over half of Offaly's working population is employed in this busy town. The local employers are a mixture of indigenous enterprises, such as Bord na Mona (Irish Peat Board), and multinational companies, such as Lowe Alpine.

The Grand Canal connects Tullamore to the River Shannon in the west and to Dublin in the east. Once a major trade route for the region, the canal is now solely used for pleasure boating, walking, and cycling.

The town is famous for its Tullamore Dew whiskey and Irish Mist Liqueur, although the whiskey is now made in Midleton, Co. Cork, and the liqueur is made in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

Places to visit include Charleville Castle, a Gothic country house completed between 1800 and 1812 for the Earl of Charleville, Charles William Bury, who had a lot to do with the development of the town. The Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre, which showcases the town’s history, as well as its famous whiskey, is also worth a visit.

There are various leisure amenities, including three nearby golf courses and two new hotels with leisure centres.

There are trains from Tullamore to Dublin approximately every hour. Buses to Dublin are not as frequent, with just one local bus and one Expressway most days.

Some useful contacts are:
Tullamore Chamber of Commerce   tel: (353) (0) 506 23698
Tourism Office tel: (353) (0) 506 52617
Heritage Centre tel: (353) (0) 506 25015
Garda Station tel: (353) (0) 506 21305
Hospital tel: (353) (0) 506 21501
Train/Bus Station tel: (353) (0) 506 21431
Offaly Enterprise Board tel: (353) (0) 506 52971/46800

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