Westmeath is located in the Midlands region of Ireland and tourists are drawn to its large waterways network due to its major lakes in the area, the largest being the renowned Grand Canal, the Royal Canal and the River Shannon and its numerous Lough's. The main towns and villages of Westmeath include Athlone, Mullingar, Moate, Kilbeggan. The neighbouring counties of Westmeath are Cavan,Longford, Meath, Offaly and Roscommon.
Westmeath Festivals range from the Goldsmith International Literary Festival Goldsmith International Literary Festival , this is the third oldest event of its type in Ireland. Happening annually over the June Bank Holiday Weekend it takes place in the South Longford-Westmeath area that is becoming increasingly known as Goldsmith Country. It celebrates the life and work of Oliver Goldsmith who died in 1774 and was buried in the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey in London.
Westmeath Visitor Attractions. Westmeath is steeped in archaeological sites such as Loughcrew Cairns, which is an example of the largest example of passage graves and megalithic structures in Ireland. Hill of Uisneach regarded as the centre of Ireland mentioned in Irish mythology has many monuments,megalithic tomb and barrows. Enjoy the many castles also in Westmeath such as Athlone Castle, Tullynally Castle, and the most famous castle used for U2's CD cover being Moydrum Castle ruins in Athlone. Locke's Distillery in Kilbeggan one of the oldest small pot distillery gives a great insight into the still whiskey distilling process.
Westmeath What's On Athlone in Westmeath is the place to be for a night at the theatre and for the RTÉ All-Ireland Drama Festival comprises of nine nights of the best in Irish amateur drama performed at the Dean Crowe Theatre Athlone. Athlone's Literary Festival held each September also displays the literary talent in Westmeath a great nights entertainment.
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