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In the centre of Ireland sits the county of Lakes and Legend - Westmeath. Covering an area of 710 square miles, County Westmeath is a paradise of clear waterways, offering some of the best angling in Ireland from coarse fishing to brown trout. Visitors can enjoy superb cruising and water sports at Lough Ree, barge holidays on the Grand Canal and boating across the lakes of Westmeath. For the outdoor enthusiast, the county also has some of the finest golf courses and equestrian centres in the country.

Westmeath derives its name from the Irish 'an Lar Mhi', meaning west of Meath. Castles, monuments and ancient sites are abundant in County Westmeath. The renowned Irish fable, Children of Lir, is the Tuatha de Danann legend of Lough Derravaragh. The Hill of Uisneach, near Ballymore, was once the ancient seat of the Kings of Meath with its history rooted in the Iron Age. Westmeath boasts of magnificent castles and gardens including Ballinlough Castle Gardens, Tallynally Castle and St Feichins Monastery at Fore - dating back to the 7th century. Locke's Distillery Museum and Athlete Castle Visitor Centre are both premier heritage destinations in the county.

Westmeath is blessed with lush pastoral land, wooded vales, lakes and a rich culture.

Towns in County Westmeath

The county capital is Mullingar. Other townships include the thriving business centre of Athlone, Moate and Ballymore. The population of County Westmeath is just over 63,000. Please see town guides for further information.

Business Information

Historically, Westmeath has a strong agricultural base rising from particularly fertile land in the county. Agriculture today is still one of the principle employers with a variety of mixed drystock, tillage and related agri-businesses and meat production. Manufacturing in County Westmeath is as diverse as its terrain. The broad spread of activity includes plastics, engineering, publishing, milling, wood products and joinery, IT and the services sector for the growing urban areas. Westmeath has strong industrial bases both in Athlone and Mullingar. Overseas companies to make Westmeath their home include the Swedish software giant, Ericsson, two medical manufacturers from the US - Utah Medical Products and Mallinckrodt Medical and Iralco Ltd from Germany.

Helpful contact details for business enquiries

Westmeath County Enterprise Board

Tel: (353) 044 49008
Enterprise Ireland Regional Office Tel: (353) 0902 74959
Westmeath County Council Tel: (353) 044 40861
IDA Ireland Regional Office Tel: (353) 0902 726951
TEAGASC Tel: (353) 0902 726951
Westmeath Leader II and Area Partnership Tel: (353) 044 48571
Sources of finance applicable to business start up, development and acquisition, and related agencies, are as follows

Credit Unions:

Tel: (353) (0)1 490 8911
National Irish Bank:  Tel: (353) (0)1 678 5066
Ulster Bank (Small Business Unit):  Tel: (353) (0)1 677 7623
Bank of Ireland Enterprise Support Unit:  contact any branch
Smurfit Job Creation Enterprise Fund Tel: (353) (0)1 478 4091
 
The Dept. of Enterprise, Trade and Employment:
TEL: (353) (0) 1 661 4444;
www.irlgov.ie/entemp has extensive and very helpful advice on all aspects of business and employment in Ireland, including a business start up information pack which is superbly put together and includes everything from planning, funding, locating, employing people and development businesses.
 
Travel (see also town guides)

Westmeath has the two major routes from Dublin to the west and north west of Ireland passing through the county. Only an hour by road from Dublin, Westmeath is ideally located in the centre of Ireland. The nearest ferry port and airport to County Westmeath are both in County Dublin. Bus Eireann operates an efficient service across the county. Iarnrod Eireann (Irish rail) run two separate lines across Westmeath, one to Sligo via Mullingar and the other passes through Athlone en route to Galway and the west of Ireland.

Airports
Aer Rianta Dublin Airport
www.dublin-airport.com

Tel: (353) 01 8141111

Ferry  
Stena Line
www.stenaline.com

Tel: (353) 01 204 7700


Irish Ferries
www.irishferries.ie



Tel: (353) 01 555 1995
 
Train  
Iarnrod Eireann - Irish Rail
www.club.ie/railnet

Tel: (353) 044 48274

Bus  
Bus Eireann
www.buseireann.ie

Tel: (353) 0902 73322
   
Tourist Office
Mullingar Tourist Office Tel: (353) 044 48650
 
Tourism, Leisure and Accommodation
Please see town guides
 
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