Panorama of Ballard Farm

The soil must be man's most Treasured Possession. So He who tends the soil wisely and with care is assuredly the foremost among men. Sir George Stapleton

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East Cost & Midlands

From the first tee to the 19th hole, it's a golfers dream, and our region has a vast amount of attractions, activities & events to keep you on your toes, for those of you who may like to relax & unwind you will be spoilt with choice from relaxing spa breaks, waterside & woodlands walks & breathtaking scenery.

Bord Na Móna

Bord na Móna owns approximately 7% of the peatlands of Ireland. It has reserves of peat, at current rates of consumption, to last over thirty years and has no plans to expand its acquisition of peatlands for production.

Heritage Ireland

The Heritage Ireland site is designed to introduce you to some of the many rich and varied attractions of Ireland's heritage.


Athlone located in the centre of Ireland is a thriving town on the banks of the River Shannon. It is an ideal destination for a holiday, weekend break or business trip. The town offers extensive choices in quality accommodation, restaurants, shops, pubs, sport & leisure activities and entertainment.

The Organic Trust

The Organic Trust was founded in Ireland in 1991 by a core group of dedicated organic producers including some of the pioneers of organic production in Ireland. The Trust was established as a voluntary non-profit making organisation to provide a credible system of organic inspection & certification on which the consumer can depend.

The Good Herdsmen

Founded in 1989 to coordinate the supply, processing and marketing of organic livestock in Ireland, Good Herdsmen today represents the production of some 200 certified organic farmers and has now grown to become the largest dedicated organic meat processor in Ireland and the U.K.

Sowan's Organic Bread Mix

Sowan’s Organic bring together the best organic ingredients in unique wholegrain mixes to make very tasty bread.


Flahavan's porridge has a distinctive texture and taste because all of the oats used in the making of Flahavan's are grown locally, chosen from a select panel of growers. The region around Kilmacthomas has it's own micro-climate, nestling beneath the shelter of the Comeragh mountains while also being relatively close to the sea. This means that the area does not get very cold winters, which gives a better quality oat grain.

Department of Argiculture, Fisheries & Food

The mission of the Department of Argiculture, Fisheries & Food is to lead the sustainable development of a competitive, consumer focussed agri-food sector and to contribute to a vibrant rural economy and society.


Teagasc - the Agriculture and Food Development Authority - is the national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry and rural communities. It was established in September 1988 under the Agriculture (Research, Training and Advice) Act, 1988.

Local Links

Locks Distillery Museum

Locke's Distillery established in 1757 is believed to be the oldest licensed distillery in the world. The three natural raw materials required for distillation were readily available. A ready supply of turf from the bogs, locally grown grain and the pure water from the Brusna River.

Clonmacnoise & West Offaly Railway

Kids love this 9km rail trip through Blackwater Bog, near Shannonbridge. Learn about the bogs, how they were formed and worked through history and even try a little turf cutting! On the journey you will also learn about some of the more interesting archaeological finds in the bog.

Belvedere House & Gardens

Belvedere House Gardens and Park is a magnificent parkland estate on the shores of Lough Ennel in the Irish Midlands. the house, built originally as a hunting and fishing lodge, is set in the midst of 160 acres of parkland on the lake shore.

The Tullamore Show

The Tullamore Show is a cultural event that suits all tastes and offers something to everybody, regardelss of age. Enjoy the exhibits, savour the showings, crave the carriage driving, delight in the dancing or simply be in awe of the atmosphere.

Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre

Visit Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre, located in the 1897 Tullamore Dew bonded warehouse, and learn about Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey and Irish Mist liqueur, famous drinks, born in Tullamore.