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County Westmeath / An Iarmhí


This is a county often visited with people being attracted by the many amenities such as cruising, swimming, angling and boating , etc. Water is in abundance here with Lough Ree being the western boundary and Lough Ennel and Lough Owel in the centre; and for the sportsman there is also good shooting. The visitor can learn much of the ancient history here, to the north of the county is the famous Lough Derrevaragh - the first of three lakes on which the Children of Lir spent three hundred years after a spell was put on them by their evil step-mother.

The county capital, Mullingar has good restaurants, shopping and a lively night-life; and being centrally located it is an excellent base for touring the area and enjoying the many amenities. Athlone, which means the Ford of Luan, has been a busy, bustling town for centuries; the impressive castle now hosts a museum and is open to the public. The sportsman can also visit the little villages just north of Athlone and on the shores of Lough Ree and apart from enjoying the scenic countryside will also enjoy the country walks leading to salmon, trout and coarse fishing.


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