About Mullingar

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. After the most recient census of 2006, the Westmeath central administrative centre, Mullingar, and dependent surrounding dwelling area posesses a population of 18,529, making it the largest population within County Westmeath.

Mullingar also possesses amenities such as libraries, secondary schools, gymnasiums, snooker halls, internet-cafes, Arts Centre, and railway station and had a proud 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 also 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 gin-clear water, historic ringforts, and wind-surfing.

In recent times one of Mullingar's major exports has become the items of fine pewterware produced by the firm of Mullingar Pewter located near the town. Genisis fine art is also produced locally and has worldwide appeal with one of its sculpures of the "Pilgrims" dominating the dispensary house at Austin Friars St where once there was an Augustinian Friary.