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Athlone town is located in the centre of Ireland and is situated on the river Shannon. It is well accessible from both North, South, East and West with Dublin being only just over an hour on the new motorway and Galway just under an hour on the new motorway also.
Our GPS co-ordinates are N 53'25.303 W 7'57.140.
Athlone has a population of approximately 25000 people and has all the facilities that you would associate with a large town, ie. shopping facilities, night entertainment and of course eating out.
Athlone is part of County Westmeath which has an area of 710 square miles and a population of almost 62,000 people.
Two centrally located and easily accessible shopping centres provide a quality shopping experience in the centre of Ireland; the new Athlone Towncentre and Golden Island Shopping Centre. Both shopping centres have endless retail shops that will keep you on your feet for hours if desired. The Left-Bank quarter of the town offers a colourful selection of bistros, bars, bookshops, antique shops, craft shops and alternative boutiques. The old world ambiance of the town combined with modern conveniences and the quality of service makes Athlone a delight to shop in.
Tourism is a significant and growing income earner for the Midlands. A wide range of amenities and services are available within a 20 mile radius of Athlone town. The town is well catered for by a variety of restaurants and eateries catering for all tastes and budgets. Athlone's position on the River Shannon at the foot of Lough Ree has ensured a consistent influx of water enthusiasts including those who participate in sailing, cruising, wind surfing and canoeing. Angling enthusiasts come to fish the Shannon and the many lakes located in the Midlands Region. There is a wealth of trout and coarse angling on the Westmeath Lakes, Ennell, Owel, Derravaragh, Sheelin, Lene, Lough Ree, the River Shannon and the Royal Canal. Derravaragh is the source of the infamous legend of the Children of Lir who are said to have spent three hundred years in isolation on its waters. Visitors wishing to cruise or to fish, to recall mythology from childhood, to tour the scenic routes and picturesque villages, traverse Goldsmith country or the Fore Trail or The Belvedere Trail will find much, much more in Westmeath.