Place:Mullingar, County Westmeath, Republic of Ireland

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NameMullingar
Alt namesAn Muileann gCearrsource: Wikipedia
TypeTown
Coordinates53.533°N 7.333°W
Located inCounty Westmeath, Republic of Ireland
Contained Places
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Ladestown
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Mullingar is the county town of County Westmeath in Ireland. The Counties of Meath and Westmeath Act ( Henry VIII 34 ) of 1543, proclaimed Westmeath (which then included Longford which separated in 1586) a county, separating it from Meath. Mullingar became the administrative centre for County Westmeath. The town was originally named Maelblatha, and takes its modern name from a mill noted in the legend of Colman of Mullingar.

The town had a tradition of cattle-trading up until 2003, when its cattle market was closed for development of a mixed commercial and residential scheme called the Market Point. Mullingar is famous for the neighbouring lakes, Lough Owel, Lough Ennell and Lough Derravaragh which attract many anglers. Lough Derravaragh is best known for its connection with the Irish legend of the Children of Lir. The town of Mullingar is linked to Lough Ennell via Lacy's Canal and the River Brosna.

One of Mullingar's major exports are items of pewterware produced by the firm of Mullingar Pewter located near the town. Genesis fine art is also produced locally and sold worldwide – one of its sculptures of the "Pilgrims" dominates the dispensary house at Austin Friars St where once there was an Augustinian Friary.

Three newspapers serve the community: the Westmeath Topic, the Mullingar Advertiser and the Westmeath Examiner. Mullingar is also served by the Midlands Gateway, along with Athlone and Tullamore.

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