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Mullingar
An Muileann gCearr
Rinné Colman gairé beag searbh
Location
centerMap highlighting Mullingar
WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates:
53°31′21″N 7°20′16″W / 53.5224, -7.3378
Irish Grid Reference
N438529
Statistics
Province: Leinster
County: County Westmeath
Elevation: 101 m
Population (2006)
 - Town:
 - Rural:
 
8,954 
9,575
Website: http://www.westmeathcoco.ie/

Mullingar (An Muileann gCearr in Irish, meaning "the left-handed mill" or "the Wry-Mill") is the administrative centre of County Westmeath, Ireland and the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Meath. Local government affairs are administered for the county from the town and county council buildings. Mullingar is a hamlet in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, located 25 kilometres south-south west of Spiritwood, 40 kilometres southeast of Glaslyn and about seven kilometres from Rabbit Lake. ... Image File history File links Mullingar_crest. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... GPS redirects here. ... The Irish national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Ireland. ... When under Gaelic rule, Ireland was divided into provinces to replace the earlier system of the túatha. ... Statistics Area: 19,774. ... For much of its history, the island of Ireland was divided into 32 counties (Irish language contae or condae, pronounced IPA: ). Two historical counties, County Desmond and County Coleraine, no longer exist, while several county names have changed. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Mullingar Code: WH Area: 1,764 km² Population (2006) 79,403 Website: www. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Mullingar Code: WH Area: 1,764 km² Population (2006) 79,403 Website: www. ... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... The (Roman Catholic) Diocese of Meath since 1778 until the late 19th century had its seat in Navan, County Meath, Ireland. ... Ronda, Spain Main street in Bastrop, Texas, United States, a small town A town is a community of people ranging from a few hundred to several thousands, although it may be applied loosely even to huge metropolitan areas. ... In the British Isles, a county council is a council that governs a county. ...

Contents

Introduction

From the year 1542, Henry VIII of England made Westmeath a county, separating Meath from Westmeath, and thus distinguishing the two counties. Mullingar became the administrative centre for County Westmeath. “Henry VIII” redirects here. ...


The town was originally named Maelblatha, and takes it's modern name from a mill noted in the legend of Colman of Mullingar.[1] // The Saint Colman of Mullingar,Colman son of Luachans life has come down to the present time via the Rennes Library in Britanny France. ...


Mullingar now possesses amenities such as libraries, secondary schools, gymnasiums, snooker halls, internet-cafes, an Arts Centre, and railway station. The town had a tradition of cattle-trading up until 2003, when its cattle market was finally closed for development of a mixed commercial and residential scheme called the Market Point.


Mullingar is famous for the neighbouring lakes, Lough Owel and Lough Ennell, which attract many anglers, as well as Lough Derravaragh. Lough Derravaragh is best known for its connection with the Irish legend of the Children of Lir. Having being turned into swans, the four children of King Lir spent three hundred years on Lough Derravaragh before moving to other locations around Ireland. Lough Lene has a reputation for its clear water, historic ringforts, and wind-surfing. Lough Owel is a lough in the Midlands of Ireland, situated north of Mullingar, the county town of Westmeath in Ireland. ... Categories: Ireland-place stubs ... Lough Derravaragh Lough Derravaragh is an Irish lough (lake) in County Westmeath, Republic of Ireland, north of Mullingar and close to Castlepollard and Multifarnham. ... The Children of Lir (or Children of Lear) is an Irish legend. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... Ringfort - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Windsurfing in Essex, England Windsurfing (also called boardsailing) is a sport involving travel over water on a small 2-4. ...

Austin Friars statue
Austin Friars statue

In recent times one of Mullingar's major exports has become the items of pewterware produced by the firm of Mullingar Pewter located near the town. Genesis fine art is also produced locally and sold worldwide - one of its sculpures of the "Pilgrims" dominates the dispensary house at Austin Friars St where once there was an Augustinian Friary. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 640 × 480 pixelsFull resolution (640 × 480 pixel, file size: 106 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Peter Gavigan, For GPFL not for sale: My own work: This photo may occur occasionally also here/ http://www. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 640 × 480 pixelsFull resolution (640 × 480 pixel, file size: 106 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Peter Gavigan, For GPFL not for sale: My own work: This photo may occur occasionally also here/ http://www. ... Pewter plate Pewter is a metal alloy, traditionally between 85 and 99 percent tin, with the remainder consisting of 1-15 percent copper, acting as a hardener, with the addition of lead for the lower grades of pewter, which have a bluish tint. ...


The current total zoned area within the town and environs is approximately 1,280 hectares, based on the Westmeath County Development Plan 2002-2008. This area therefore, is considerable less than the areas zoned in Athlone and Tullamore.


The town has two newspapers serving the community: The Westmeath Topic and the Westmeath Examiner.[2]

Mullingar Sub-urban map

Mullingar forms part of the Midlands Gateway, along with Athlone and Tullamore. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (945x594, 81 KB) Mullingar, Sub-urban, Software Generated Image, For Public Domain with original details, Date: 01/01: 2007. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (945x594, 81 KB) Mullingar, Sub-urban, Software Generated Image, For Public Domain with original details, Date: 01/01: 2007. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference N033420 Statistics Province: Leinster & Connaught County: Dáil Éireann: Westmeath European Parliament: East Dialling Code: 090, +353 90 Elevation: 56 m Population (2006) 16,888 Town: 6,970 Rural: 9,918  Website: www. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ...

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Commerce

Mullingar's commercial sector has expanded in recent years from just a few shops on the main streets of the town - Oliver Plunkett St., Austin Friars St., and Mount St. - to several major shopping areas. There is an out-of-town retail park at Lakepoint (about a mile from the town center), the 'Harbour Place' shopping center near the town center and a new development at the Green - on the site of the former Avonmore and Pennys units.


The town has a mix of local retailers and chain stores (Tesco, Dunnes Stores, O2, Penneys, Lidl, SuperValu, Boots, Specsavers, Lifestyle Sports, Atlantic Homecare, Mothercare and others). The town also has branches of all the major banks - AIB, Bank of Ireland, Halifax, Ulster Bank, National Irish Bank - and branches of First Active and EBS building societies. The town also has one of the country's largest Credit Unions (St.Colemans Credit Union)[citation needed]. For other uses, see Tesco (disambiguation). ... Dunnes Stores is a supermarket and clothing retail chain based in the Republic of Ireland. ... O2 or O-2 may be: Oceanic Airlines (Guinea) IATA airline designator Oxygen O2 plc, a telecommunications company. ... Penneys is a clothes retailer in Ireland. ... Lidl in Middlesbrough, England Lidl in Lomma, Sweden Typical Lidl interior Lidl is a European discount supermarket chain of German origin that operates 5,000 stores. ... The new logo introduced in November 2006 SuperValu is a supermarket chain in Ireland, owned by the Musgraves wholesaler firm. ... Boots is the dominant pharmacist chain in the United Kingdom, with outlets in most high streets throughout the country. ... Specsavers is a glasses and contact lenses retailer with over 750 stores in the United Kingdom, Spain, Republic of Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Australia, Denmark and the Netherlands. ... Allied Irish Banks plc (AIB),ISEQ: ALBK, LSE: ALBK, NYSE: AIB, FWB:AIB is a commercial bank based in Ireland not to be mistaken for Anglo Irish Bank. ... My wife and I went to visit our daughter in the UK. I used my Ulster Bank credit card and wasnt charged any extra fees. ... Halifax (until November 2006, Bank of Scotland (Ireland)) is a bank based in the Republic of Ireland, a subsidiary of the Bank of Scotland, which is a part of the HBOS Group. ... Ulster Bank (Irish: Banc Uladh[1]) is a large commercial bank, one of the Big Four in both the Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. ... National Irish Bank (NIB) (Irish: Banc Éireannach Náisiúnta) is a commercial bank in the Republic of Ireland, one of the traditional Big Four. ... First Active offers a range of mortgage, savings, investment, pension and life cover products in the Republic of Ireland and are the sole provider of Current Account Mortgages in the Irish marketplace. ... EBS may refer to: EBS Building Society, a company in Ireland East Barnet School, a school In North London Edinburgh Business School, a Business school in Edinburgh Educational Broadcasting System, a Korean broadcasting company Electronic braking system Electronic Broking Services, a large private foreign exchange trading system El Nasr Boys...


A Farmers' Market is held in Mullingar every Sunday and a further small market is run near Penneys by The Green. Roadside farmers market in Bridgehampton, New York Dutch bell peppers at a farmers market in Montpelier, Vermont A farmers market near the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. ...


Industry

Mill-wheel stands where many cattle were once sold

Columb Barracks is a major military base in the county comprising of the 4th Field Artillery Regiment and the HQ of the 54 Reserve Field Artillery Regiment(Army Reserve)formally the FCA(9 FAR). Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (480 × 640 pixel, file size: 76 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Peter Gavigan, For GPFL not for sale: My own work: This photo may occur occasionally also here/ http://www. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (480 × 640 pixel, file size: 76 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Peter Gavigan, For GPFL not for sale: My own work: This photo may occur occasionally also here/ http://www. ...


Mullingar contains several industrial estates including Lough Sheever Corporate Park and the Lynn Industrial estate. Two of the towns major manufacturing plants - Penn tennis balls and Tarkett [1] - both closed in the early 2000s causing many job losses. However newer industries have absorbed the job losses - including Capmark [2], Oakley [3], P.E.M. Engineering [4], Trend Technologies [5],Taconic International [6], and Mullingar Pewter [7] which are all sizeable operations. The town is also home to a Van Nelle (Ireland) (a subsidiary of Imperial Tobacco) tobacco factory which has provided employment for many years and Iralco - an automotive component manufacturer is located near the town. The town recently won a €25m Lidl Warehouse and distribution center which will employ between 100 and 150. A new site for the IDA Business Park has been sited aloung the new N52 bypass. A major addition to the towns telecommunications infrastructure - a broadband network - was completed in 2004 - this is expected to increase the areas attractiveness to large multinational companies. Tesco Ireland had wanted to build a superstore in Lakepoint Retail addition to its current store but the local council because pressure from a selfish councillor turned this down. Penn may refer to: // Penn, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom Penn, West Midlands, United Kingdom Penn, Pennsylvania, United States Penn Lake Park, Pennsylvania, United States Penn Township, several municipalities in the United States University of Pennsylvania, a private research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Alexander Penn Wooldridge, American mayor of Austin, Texas... Tarkett is today one of the largest producers and distributors of resilient floorings worldwide. ... Imperial Tobacco Group PLC (LSE: IMT) is the largest tobacco manufacturer in the UK (the second largest UK-based tobacco company by global sales after British American Tobacco). ... Imperial Tobacco Group PLC (LSE: IMT) is the largest tobacco manufacturer in the UK (the second largest UK-based tobacco company by global sales after British American Tobacco). ... Lidl in Middlesbrough, England Lidl in Lomma, Sweden Typical Lidl interior Lidl is a European discount supermarket chain of German origin that operates 5,000 stores. ... IDA Ireland is the agency responsible for industrial development in Ireland. ...

The top of Dominick Street, Mullingar
The top of Dominick Street, Mullingar

The announcement that Marks and Spencer is planning to open a store in the Fairgreen Shopping centre has been a recent boost for the town. The Fairgreen centre had been caught up in a planning battle with the owners of the Harbour Place Shopping Centre who challenged its right to let space to 'high street' retailers rather than 'bulky' retailers, for which the scheme was zoned. This claim however was rejected by the authorities paving the way for a new M&S store. UK fashion retailer 'New Look' is also seeking space in the town. There is however a great need for more retailers in Mullingar which has leaked millions of Euro of spending power from the area to surrounding retail centres such as Liffey Valley and Blanchardstown. The towns high street has witnessed a spate of closures recently, with primarily independent traders suffering, including Kilroys, Texas, The Austin Friar Hotel and Partners Dry Cleaners as shoppers go elsewhere to take advantage of more choice from national and UK stores. Some of these closures are rumoured to relate to land banking by a developer keen to develop a larger scheme on Austin Friar Street. Dunnes Stores has also closed a convenience food store in order to consolidate its business on their larger format department store at Harbour Place, where planning permission is sought to extend their store for them, presumably in preparation for M&S's imminent arrival. Heatons is also rumoured to be closing on the towns main throughfare after over 20 years of successful trading, a suggestion which has been fervently denied by the store, who report excellent trading from the site. Taken with my motorola camera phone - this is a picture of part of Mullingar. ... Taken with my motorola camera phone - this is a picture of part of Mullingar. ...


Transport

Roads

Royal Canal Mullingar
Royal Canal Mullingar

Mullingar lies on national primary route N4, the main Dublin - Sligo road, 79 km (49 miles) from the capital. The town is served by a Bus Éireann service to Dublin and Athlone where passengers can catch connecting buses. Image File history File links Canal_Mullingar_01. ... Image File history File links Canal_Mullingar_01. ... A directional road sign in the Republic of Ireland on an other road (not a national road) at Portlaoise, County Laois, including patches for national roads and advance warning of bridge height restrictions. ... The N4 road is a National primary route in the Republic of Ireland, running from Dublin to the northwest of Ireland and Sligo Town. ... Dublin city centre at night WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Statistics Province: Leinster County: Dáil Éireann: Dublin Central, Dublin North Central, Dublin North East, Dublin North West, Dublin South Central, Dublin South East European Parliament: Dublin Dialling Code: +353 1 Postal District(s): D1-24, D6W Area: 114. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... Bus Éireann, or Irish Bus, provides bus services in the Republic of Ireland with the exception of those operated entirely within the Dublin Region, which are provided by Dublin Bus. ... Dublin city centre at night WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Statistics Province: Leinster County: Dáil Éireann: Dublin Central, Dublin North Central, Dublin North East, Dublin North West, Dublin South Central, Dublin South East European Parliament: Dublin Dialling Code: +353 1 Postal District(s): D1-24, D6W Area: 114. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference N033420 Statistics Province: Leinster & Connaught County: Dáil Éireann: Westmeath European Parliament: East Dialling Code: 090, +353 90 Elevation: 56 m Population (2006) 16,888 Town: 6,970 Rural: 9,918  Website: www. ...


The town currently suffers from heavy afternoon traffic partially caused by a lack of off-street parking (however an underground carpark has recently been constructed to help solve this problem). The town is bypassed and a ring road has been completed in a bid to further alleviate traffic. A new road to Athlone is also in the planning stages. WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference N033420 Statistics Province: Leinster & Connaught County: Dáil Éireann: Westmeath European Parliament: East Dialling Code: 090, +353 90 Elevation: 56 m Population (2006) 16,888 Town: 6,970 Rural: 9,918  Website: www. ...


Waterways

In the 19th century the town was served for a time by the Royal Canal - however displaced first by the railway and then the car, it is no longer commercially used for the transport of goods or people. Picture of the Royal Canal near Mullingar taken in October 2004 The Royal Canal is a canal originally built for freight transportation from the River Liffey at Dublin to the River Shannon in the Republic of Ireland. ...


Railways

Station Mullingar
Station Mullingar

The Midland Great Western Railway line to Mullingar from Dublin opened in stages from 1846 to 1848, arriving in Mullingar on 2 October 1848. This was to a temporary station, adjacent to the greyhound stadium. The original mainline ran from Dublin (Broadstone) to Galway via Mullingar and Athlone, the Mullingar to Galway section opening in August 1851. The present station opened with the branch line to Longford on 14 December 1855. Image File history File links Station_Mullingar_03. ... Image File history File links Station_Mullingar_03. ... The Midland Great Western Railway (MGWR) main line extended from Broadstone in Dublin to the Midlands (Athlone) and onwards to Galway and Clifden in what is now the Republic of Ireland. ... is the 275th day of the year (276th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1848 (MDCCCXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Several greyhounds before a race. ... See also: Broadstone, Dorset Map of Broadstone Broadstone is an area of the inner city on the Northside of Dublin, Ireland. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Statistics Province: Connacht County: Dáil Éireann: Galway West European Parliament: North-West Dialling Code: 091 Postal District(s): G Area: 50. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference N033420 Statistics Province: Leinster & Connaught County: Dáil Éireann: Westmeath European Parliament: East Dialling Code: 090, +353 90 Elevation: 56 m Population (2006) 16,888 Town: 6,970 Rural: 9,918  Website: www. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Statistics Province: Connacht County: Dáil Éireann: Galway West European Parliament: North-West Dialling Code: 091 Postal District(s): G Area: 50. ... Mullingar railway station serves the town of Mullingar in County Westmeath, Ireland. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1855 (MDCCCLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


There were two secondary stations in Mullingar, Canal Crossing cattle bank was on the Sligo Line and on the Athlone Line, Newbrook racecourse had its own station. This was unique in that it was a two platformed station with both platforms on the Down Line. WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference N033420 Statistics Province: Leinster & Connaught County: Dáil Éireann: Westmeath European Parliament: East Dialling Code: 090, +353 90 Elevation: 56 m Population (2006) 16,888 Town: 6,970 Rural: 9,918  Website: www. ... A race track (or racetrack), is a purpose-built facility for the conducting of races. ...

Dublin Mullingar Train

Nowadays, the line northwest to Longford and Sligo is the mainline, Galway is accessed from Heuston Station via Portarlington and the line between Mullingar and Athlone is disused. Mullingar station is served by national rail company Iarnród Éireann's Arrow commuter services to Dublin and InterCity trains to/from Sligo. Calls have been made for the line to Athlone via Moate to be reopened to facilitate more services between Galway and Dublin. Image File history File links Dublin_Mullingar_Train. ... Image File history File links Dublin_Mullingar_Train. ... Heuston Station, located in Dublin, Ireland is one of the countrys main railway stations, serving the south, southwest and west of Ireland. ... Portarlington (Cúil an tSúdaire in Irish, meaning Tanners Corner) is a town in County Laois, straddling the border with County Offaly in the midlands of Ireland. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference N033420 Statistics Province: Leinster & Connaught County: Dáil Éireann: Westmeath European Parliament: East Dialling Code: 090, +353 90 Elevation: 56 m Population (2006) 16,888 Town: 6,970 Rural: 9,918  Website: www. ... Current Iarnród Eireann (Irish Rail) intercity rail network An IÉ commuter train at Tara Street Station, Dublin, 2006 IÉ no. ... Dublin city centre at night WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Statistics Province: Leinster County: Dáil Éireann: Dublin Central, Dublin North Central, Dublin North East, Dublin North West, Dublin South Central, Dublin South East European Parliament: Dublin Dialling Code: +353 1 Postal District(s): D1-24, D6W Area: 114. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference N033420 Statistics Province: Leinster & Connaught County: Dáil Éireann: Westmeath European Parliament: East Dialling Code: 090, +353 90 Elevation: 56 m Population (2006) 16,888 Town: 6,970 Rural: 9,918  Website: www. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Statistics Province: Connacht County: Dáil Éireann: Galway West European Parliament: North-West Dialling Code: 091 Postal District(s): G Area: 50. ... Dublin city centre at night WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Statistics Province: Leinster County: Dáil Éireann: Dublin Central, Dublin North Central, Dublin North East, Dublin North West, Dublin South Central, Dublin South East European Parliament: Dublin Dialling Code: +353 1 Postal District(s): D1-24, D6W Area: 114. ...


The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland have a secondary base in the town. There is a photo survey of the disused Athlone Mullingar line available by clicking here. We dont have an article called Railway Preservation Society of Ireland Start this article Search for Railway Preservation Society of Ireland in. ...


Health Service

Saint Lomans

Mullingar's hospital services the entire Longford Westmeath area. A large extension was built in the early 1990s to accommodate the ever increasing population. Due to a change in government however investment was halted and the empty shell lay idle until late 2006 when funding was secured to complete the extension. Image File history File links St_Lomans. ... Image File history File links St_Lomans. ...


There are several other hospitals being: St. Mary's Geriatric Hospital, Saint Francis Private Hospital and St. Lomans Psychiatric Hospital which provides Psychiatric services to all of the midlands.


Tourism

Mullingar's main tourist attractions are its lakes - Lough Owel, Lough Lene and Lough Ennell - which are popular with anglers - and Belvedere House and Gardens which is heavily promoted for its beauty. The town has several hotels - including the Greville Arms Hotel, Annebrook House Hotel, Bloomfield House Hotel and the 4 star Mullingar Park Hotel which houses a conference centre. Image File history File links Fore_Abbey. ... Image File history File links Fore_Abbey. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... Lough Owel is a lough in the Midlands of Ireland, situated north of Mullingar, the county town of Westmeath in Ireland. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... Categories: Ireland-place stubs ... Belvedere House and Gardens is a famous country house located near Mullingar, in county Westmeath, Ireland. ...


The town is also known for its connections to Irish author James Joyce, who was a frequent visitor to Mullingar during his youth. Joyce's father, John, was a civil servant posted from Dublin to compile an electoral register of Mullingar and the surrounding townlands. He often stayed in the Greville Arms Hotel, where some of the scenes in the celebrated novel, "Ulysses", are set. This article is about the writer and poet. ...


Notable buildings

Mullingar's most notable building is the cathedral of Christ the King Mullingar, the cathedral of the Diocese of Meath.The Cathedral was dedicated on the day World War II broke out. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2816 × 2112 pixel, file size: 925 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Christ_the_king_Mullingar_may_2007. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2816 × 2112 pixel, file size: 925 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Christ_the_king_Mullingar_may_2007. ... // Christ the King Mullingar The cathedral Christ the King Mullingar is situated near the city centre of Mullingar next to the canal, and over-sees the local Garda Siochana base on Marys street. ... // Christ the King Mullingar The cathedral Christ the King Mullingar is situated near the city centre of Mullingar next to the canal, and over-sees the local Garda Siochana base on Marys street. ... The (Roman Catholic) Diocese of Meath since 1778 until the late 19th century had its seat in Navan, County Meath, Ireland. ...


Notable citizens

  • Music: Home town of the ska-pop band The Blizzards and the well-known singer Joe Dolan.
  • Writers: Home town of Declan Power Military analyst & author of "Siege at Jadotville". Home to J. P. Donleavy, author of "The Ginger Man". Author and Joycean scholar Leo Daly, whose books include, "The Rock Garden", and "James Joyce and the Mullingar Connection".
  • Business: Home town of Michael O'Leary, the CEO of Ryanair.
  • Academic: Mullingar is the home town of the President of Dublin City University, Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski whose family home is at Knockdrin, just outside the town.
  • Artists: Patrick Graham, one of Ireland's most highly rated artists, was born in Mullingar in 1943.
  • Military: Columb Barracks has housed soldiers decorated for bravery:
    • Comdt Adrian Aisnworth,Military Medal for Gallantry 2nd Class(C/O 9 FAR fca)
    • Captain Thomas Boyle, Distinguished Service Medal 2nd Class
    • Sergeant John Quirke, Distinguished Service Medal 2nd Class
    • Corporal William Allen, Distinguished Service Medal 2nd Class, who now lives in Collinstown
    • Sergeant Patrick Mulcahy, Distinguished Service Medal 3rd Class, posthumous

The Blizzards are an Irish ska-pop band from Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland formed in 2003. ... Portrait of Joe Dolan 2007 Joe Dolan (born Joseph Francis Robert Dolan, 16 October, 1943 in Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland) is a singer of easy listening songs. ... J.P. Donleavy James Patrick Donleavy is an Irish American author, born April 23, 1926 in New York to Irish immigrants. ... Leo Daly is a writer, poet and Joycean scholar. ... Michael OLeary (born 1961) is chief executive of the low-cost airline Ryanair. ... For other uses of RYR, see Robert Yates Racing Ryanair (ISEQ: RYA, LSE: RYA, NASDAQ: RYAAY) is an Irish airline headquartered in Dublin, with its biggest operational base situated in London Stansted Airport in the UK. It is Europes largest low-cost carrier and it is one of the... Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski has been President of Dublin City University since 2000. ... Knockdrin entrance leaving Mullingar towards Castlepollard This is an area north of Mullingar, doted with a beautiful castle in County Westmeath, Ireland. ...

Local Organisations

Music

The Mullingar Town Band was founded in 1879 by Fr. Polland as a Holy Family Confraternity Band. The local Military Barracks supplied many of the early members who themselves were serving members of the British Regimental bands stationed in Mullingar. Many of the members of these bands settled in the town and joined the band. The Mullingar Confraternity Band remained under the auspices of the Confraternity until the 1940's when it was handed over to a committee who continued under the title of Mullingar Brass and Reed Band. And thus it remained until membership had dwindled to 3 or 4 members in 1957 when the present Director Hubert Magee was asked to take the helm. In 1979 the centenary was celebrated with a membership of 100 - one member for every year of the band's existence.


The band has a dual role of marching band - The Celtic Crusaders - and a concert band which has won some of the top awards in Ireland, Northern Ireland and England. Entirely voluntary, it is maintained financially by membership fees and fundraising. Every four years since 1974 both the Celtic Crusaders and Concert Band attend the International Youth Band Festival in Pumerend, Holland. In 2004 the band completed a successful exchange with the Cardinal Gibbons High School Band, Raleigh, North Carolina and the band travelled to Midsomer Norton, England in July 2006 for the Open European Championships, bringing home four gold medals, including a gold with distinction in the senior concert section for the first time.


GAA

Mullingar parish is served by two Gaelic football teams; Mullingar Shamrocks and St. Loman's (both senior clubs). St Oliver Plunkett's (senior)and Cullion (Intermediate) are the only hurling teams in Mullingar.The principal GAA ground for Co. Westmeath,Cusack Park is situated in Mullingar. Gaelic football (Irish: Peil or Caid ), commonly referred to as football, Gaelic or GAA (gah), is a form of football played mainly in Ireland. ... Cusack Park is a GAA stadium in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland. ...


Soccer

At the moment, Mullingar has two soccer teams, i.e. Mullingar Athletic (who play in a Gainstown) and Mullingar Town (who have their grounds in Dalton Park). A third, set up in 2006, are known as Mullingar Bohemians. Football is a ball game played between two teams of eleven players, each attempting to win by scoring more goals than their opponent. ...


Rugby

Mullingar rugby football club is located in Cullionbeg, and has had a degree of success in the 1990s with two towns cup final appearances. The first team will be captained in the 2007/2008 season by dual star Brian Murphy, following in the footsteps of his brother Ray and father Tom. For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ...


Athletics

Mullingar has a rich tradition in athletics with the club Mullingar Harriers producing many international athletes.Bobby Begley was Irish Team Manager when Eamonn Coughlan won the 5,000 meters World Championship in Helsinki. A womens 400m hurdles race on a typical outdoor red rubber track. ...


Snooker

St.Mary's Snooker Club has the proud history of running Ranking Events for Greater Westmeath, namely the Mullingar Open Snooker Championship, The Westmeath Open Snooker Championship, the Midland Open and the St Mary's Open Classic. The County's most successful player has been Mick Kane who has won 11 Mullingar Open Snooker Champioship titles and 7 times County Westmeath Champion.Ger O'Connor has won 4 Mullingar Open titles and also 7 Westmeath Championships.Richie Toal is the current holder for 2006 of Mullingar Open Snooker Championship. in the junior snooker championships,stephen hickey has proved to be successful.stephen won the mullingar junior snooker championship in 2005.all that year he proved to be the most successful underage player in westmeath reaching all except one ranking event.stephen also remains westmeath champion and has held his number 1 spot for the last 2 years.other players like kevin boyle and chris vella are among the top guns of the westmeath junior snooker scene. The "John Smith Memorial Cup" is played for each year as a Handicap event and has been in existence since 1963. The "Peter McNally Memorial Cup" in honour of Peter McNally(Irish International) Edenderry Snooker Club was won by the St Mary's Snooker Club team in 1997 the Team was Mick Kane (capt) Ger O'Connor,Anthony Cleary,Richie Toal,John Norris,Larry Mahedy & Niall Heffernan. Some years later the McNally Tournament became a singles event and Ger O'Connor and Pat Tyrell reached the Final and Richie Toal the Semi Finals. Snooker is a cue sport that is played on a large baize-covered table with pockets in each of the four corners and in the middle of each of the long side cushions. ...


Golf

Mullingar golf club also has a proud history and hosts every August bank holiday weekend a leading amateur golf competition, i.e. The Mullingar Scratch Cup. This competition has been won by the likes of Hughie Myres, Des Smyth, Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley. The 2006 winner is up and coming golfer from Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy. Mullingar player Gerry Purcell is former An Post Golf Society Irish Champion on two occasions. This article is about the sport. ... This article is about the sport. ... Des Smyth (born 12 February 1953 in Drogheda, County Louth) is an Irish golfer. ... // Pádraig Harrington (born 31 August 1971 in Ballyroan, Dublin, Ireland) is a professional golfer and former #6 in the world who has won ten tournaments on the European Tour and two on the PGA Tour. ... Darren Clarke (born in Dungannon, County Tyrone on August 14, 1968) is a professional golfer from Northern Ireland who plays on both the PGA Tour and the European Tour. ... Paul McGinley (born December 16, 1966 in Dublin) is an Irish golfer who plays on the PGA European Tour. ... Northern Ireland (Irish: ) is a part of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ... Rory McIlroy (born May 4, 1989) is an amateur golfer from Holywood, Northern Ireland, where he attended Sullivan Upper School. ...


Basketball

The Mullingar Monarchs were formed in 2001, training from the CBS gym in the town centre. However the derilect gym was rejected in favour of Rochfortbridge. While the club took 2 years to get off the ground they are now one of the most decorated in the Midland League, securing one trebble and two double titles. The team have also played in the National League Division 1, only one step away from the superleague.


Cricket

The Cricket club is based on the Murray Murray in Bunbrosna, overlooking Lough Owel. The Club fields 2 mens teams in Leinster and MIdland Cup and league competitions Bowler Shaun Pollock bowls to batsman Michael Hussey. ...


Hockey

Mullingar Hockey Club plays its matches at the Loreto secondary school, near the hospital. The mens club is in its 25th year, and has between 40 and 50 members, fielding a First Division Four team, a Second Division Eight team and (from 2007) a Third cup team. In the club there are 3 qualified coaches, with matches (open to the public) played every Saturday.


Swimming

The Mullingar Jets Swimming Club is based in the town swimming pool located in Mullingar Town Park. This article concentrates on human swimming. ...


Cycling

Lakeside Wheelers Mullingar Cycling club is a predominantly leisure and touring club catering for cyclists of all ages and abilities. The Clubs main activities are short, medium and longer distance cycles on Saturday and Sunday mornings and in the summer months on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Police officer on a bicycle Cycling is a means of transport, a form of recreation, and a sport. ...


First Aid Organisations

The Order of Malta Ambulance Corps, Irelands largest voluntary ambulance service, has been in operation in Mullingar since september 2001. The Order of Malta provides ambulance and first aid cover at events across Mullingar and Westmeath. The Order of Malta operate 2 vehicles in Mullingar and work closely with the Athlone Order of Malta which operates 4 ambulances. Logo of OMAC The Order of Malta Ambulance Corps (OMAC) is a charitable voluntary organisation in Ireland. ... An ambulance in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico A Helicopter used as an Ambulance. ... The Knights Hospitaller (the or Knights of Malta or Knights of Rhodes) is a tradition which began as a Benedictine nursing Order founded in the 11th century based in the Holy Land, but soon became a militant Christian Chivalric Order under its own charter, and was charged with the care... An ambulance in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico A Helicopter used as an Ambulance. ... First aid is a series of simple, life-saving medical techniques that a non-doctor or layman can be trained to perform. ... County Westmeath (Irish: An Iarmhí) is a county situated in the Irish Midlands, in the western part of the province of Leinster. ... The Knights Hospitaller (the or Knights of Malta or Knights of Rhodes) is a tradition which began as a Benedictine nursing Order founded in the 11th century based in the Holy Land, but soon became a militant Christian Chivalric Order under its own charter, and was charged with the care... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference N033420 Statistics Province: Leinster & Connaught County: Dáil Éireann: Westmeath European Parliament: East Dialling Code: 090, +353 90 Elevation: 56 m Population (2006) 16,888 Town: 6,970 Rural: 9,918  Website: www. ... The Knights Hospitaller (the or Knights of Malta or Knights of Rhodes) is a tradition which began as a Benedictine nursing Order founded in the 11th century based in the Holy Land, but soon became a militant Christian Chivalric Order under its own charter, and was charged with the care...


The Westmeath Civil Defence headquarters are now located in the County Council lands at Cullenbeg just off the N4 at the Castlepollard exit off the Motorway in Mullingar. They operate several vehicles to be deployed as required in Mullingar and Westmeath. County Westmeath (Irish: An Iarmhí) is a county situated in the Irish Midlands, in the western part of the province of Leinster. ... The old American Civil Defense logo, used today federally only as a historical reminder on FEMAs seal, the triangle emphasises the 3-step Civil Defense philosophy used before the foundation of FEMA and Comprehensive Emergency Management. ... County Westmeath (Irish: An Iarmhí) is a county situated in the Irish Midlands, in the western part of the province of Leinster. ...


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Notes

  1. ^ From: Betha Colmáin Maic Lúacháin, or, The Life of Colmán son of Lúachan Life of Colman of Lynn alternatively, one may find where the old copy of the original has been all these years in France Bibliothèque de Rennes
  2. ^ Audit Bureau of Circulations, Jun 2006 - Jan 2007.

References

  • Seamus O'Brien (1999). Famine and Community in Mullingar Poor Law Union, 1845-49. Irish Academic Press. ISBN 0-7165-2678-6. 
  • Matt Nolan (1999). Mullingar: Just for the Record. Crigean P.. ISBN 0-9537651-0-5. 
  • Mary Farrell (2002). Mullingar: Essays on the History of a Midlands Town. Westmeath County Library. ISBN 0-9506016-3-2. 
  • Leo Daly (1975). James Joyce and the Mullingar Connection. Dolmen P. ISBN 0-85105-266-5. 

See also

This is a link page for cities and towns in the Republic of Ireland, including larger villages, and villages and townlands of note, as well as towns, townships or urban centres in Dublin. ... Market Houses are a notable feature of many Irish towns with varying styles of architecture, size and ornamentation making for a most interesting feature of the streetscape. ...

External links

  • Mullingar Town Band
  • Mullingar Chamber of Commerce
  • St. Colman (Colman Mac Luachain 6th/7th century)
  • Westmeath County Council (including Census Information.)
  • Order of Malta Ambulance Corps Mullingar Unit
  • Corpus of electronic texts
  • Betha Colmáin Maic Lúacháin, or, The Life of Colmán son of Lúachan
  • Bibliothèques de Rennes and chercher Colman (Recherche par Sujet)
  • STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK FOR THE MIDLANDS GATEWAY; Census stastics page 27

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Mullingar (population 18,529) is the largest town and the county town, Athlone (population 16,888).
Lough Derravaragh Lough Derravaragh is an Irish lough (lake) in County Westmeath, Republic of Ireland, north of Mullingar and close to Castlepollard and Multifarnham.
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