Westmeath is located within the province of Leinster and is part of the administrative Midlands Region. The population of the county is 86,164 according to the 2011 census. Westmeath is the 20th largest of Ireland's 32 counties in area and 22nd largest in terms of population. It is the sixth largest of Leinster’s 12 counties in size and eighth largest in terms of population. It was named after the historic kingdom and province of Mide, the original extant of the kingdom conforming to the present county. Westmeath was created under The Counties of Meath and Westmeath Act of 1543. The Hill of Uisneach in the barony of Moycashel is sometimes regarded as the notional geographical centre of Ireland.
The M4 and M6 motorways from Dublin to Galway goes through the middle of the county.
The Joe Dolan Statue. This famous entertainer from Mullingar (The capitol town of Westmeath) recently passed away and his statue is in the main square where many a fine lassie can be found swinging out of it on a Saturday night!
Take a guided tour of the Hill of Uisneach. Uisneach is the sacred centre of Ireland and very close to the geographic centre. Sunrise and sunset on the solstices and equinoxes all align with points east and west, crossing Uisneach. From atop the hill, one can see formations extending into 20 of Ireland's 32 counties. The Hill of Uisneach is on private land but they do offer limited public tours as well as private tours by prior arrangement. Two kinds of tours are available: (1) mythological tour and (2) an archaeological tour. During the first week of May, the Bealtaine Fire Festival is recreated where the bonfire is lit on Uisneach Hill and the surrounding hillsides all light fires in turn creating Ériu's eye gazing out into the cosmos. Visit http://uisneach.ie for more information on gaining access to see this site.