County Westmeath.

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County Westmeath from Samuel Lewis' Topographical Directory of Ireland 1837

Westmeath is a landlocked county in the Provence of Leinster it is surrounded by the counties of Offaly to the south Roscommen and Longford to the west Cavan to the north and Meath to the east it, the name comes from the Irish Iar-Mhí, from Mide, "the middle kingdom" it has an area of 1,763 sq km (681 sq MI). The principal rivers are the Shannon and the Brosna.

It is renowned for its beautiful scenery it's lakes and luscious pasture land on which are reared some of Ireland's finest cattle, it is one of the flattest of Ireland's counties the highest point being about 850 ft (260 M) situated as it is in Ireland's central plain.

The county has an extensive waterway system, the Royal Canal passes through the county from Dublin through Mullingar on its journey west. It is possible to travel to Beleek and Enniskillen (Co Fermanagh) to Limerick City in the west and to Waterford and New Ross in the south using the Royal canal and the Grand Canal.

The county has many lakes the largest of which is Lough Ree other lakes are Lough Ennell, Lene, Owel and Lough Derravaragh as well as many other smaller lakes and rivers. This abundance of lakes and waterways makes Westmeath an anglers paradise. Lough Derravaragh has been assured of a place in Irish mythological with the story of the Children of Lir who are said to have spent 300 years as swans on the lake.

Westmeath has seen much conflict, its rich pasture land the target of warring Irish tribes and successive waves of invaders including the Vikings, Anglo Normans and finally with the plantation. In the county are the ruins of many Abbeys and Castles

The county's main industry is agriculture, Tourism also makes an important contribution to the economy, there are some small industry such as the manufacture of textiles, wool tweed, cotton and linen. Mullingar is a thriving town with a famous livestock Market.

As a holiday destination Westmeath has a lot to offer with angling, boating, golf and equestrian centres not forgetting the beautiful scenery and accommodation ranging from five star hotels, self catering, hostel's and camp sites.

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