1. Entrepreneurial Region
There’s no shortage of entrepreneurial spirit in the Midlands, if the annual IBYE is anything to go by.
Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs (IBYE) is a programme run by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices with the support of the Department of Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland. The competition is open to people between the ages of 18 and 35 with an innovative business idea, new start-up, or established business. Held every year, IBYE has an investment fund of up to €2million and there is a €50,000 county investment fund on offer to local winners and runners-up in Westmeath.
2. Central Location
It’s Less than an hour’s drive to Dublin Airport – that’s probably less than driving from the South side Dublin on the M50!
3. Cheaper Housing & Accommodation
Whether it’ to to buy and to rent! According to the latest figures from Daft the average house price in Westmeath is €200k Offaly €188, Longford €138 compared to the average price of a house in South county Dublin of €602k! (Source Daft.ie)
Proximity to a host of excellent urban and rural primary and secondary schools across the area, The Department of Education is also investing in 12 primary and secondary schools across Westmeath – for example there are 3 brand new primary schools currently being built in Mullingar (one being a Gaelscoil), extensions to Educate Together in Mullingar, Tubberclair NS in Glasson, and Moate Community college and a 650 student school for Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan. Our Midlands town of Athlone is host to the Department of Education as well as Athlone Institute of Technology.
5. Better Quality of Life
Enchanting Picturesque Forests, Lakes, Rivers and Canals that can be explored and enjoyed from your doorstep from canoeing or cruising to forests and trails – there’s so much to explore.
Football, hurling, rugby, swimming, golf, tennis, athletics, cycling, sailing.. whatever your sport, we have it all in the Midlands!
With a rich culture of music, the Midlands is known worldwide for musical greats such as Joe Dolan, Bressie, Niall Horan, Foster and Allen, The Academic and of course our very own Mullingar Town Band. Enjoy live music and entertainment in many of our pubs and clubs. For theatre goers, Mullingar Arts Centre and The Dean Crowe Theatre have a wide variety of shows to suit all tastes. A night at the dogs at Mullingar Greyhound Stadium or a day or evening at Kilbeggan Races. Movie goers will enjoy the latest flix at IMC Cinema. Fancy a bite to eat? We have restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets.
Work-life balance means something different to every individual. Lengthy commute journeys, sitting in traffic, family time at the weekends only – it’s not hard to imagine how detrimental this is to your mental health. By working closer to where you live and reducing the commute times, you’ll enjoy a better quality of life. More time for family and less stress – sounds good to me!