Mullingar is the capital town of Westmeath and the administrative headquarters of the county. Mullingar is ideally located on the axis of the Dublin-Sligo N4 artery and is less than an hour from Dublin. Mullingar is a thriving business, administrative and industrial centre.
Mullingar Town has a population of approximately 19,770 (which includes Mullingar urban and rural district (source: Census 2011). This shows an increase in population since the 2006 Census report further highlighting Mullingar as an attractive place to live, work and do business.
Source: Census 2011 report
Services & Industry
Ireland’s economy has thrived over the past few decades and Mullingar has developed a strong and evolving economy in that same period. Manufacturing has been at the core of this evolution. Imperial Tobacco Mullingar, Genesis Fine Arts, and Green Farm Foods are just a few of the established companies that are based in the Mullingar area and who are operating successfully both nationally and internationally. Our thriving economy has also enabled Mullingar’s industry base to grow. Increase in the pharmaceutical industry has also boosted the economy with companies such as Pharmed operating in the district. Mullingar also has a growing and significant services sector with companies operating within the commerce, finance, business support and promotions industry such as First Active, FBD Insurance, Bill Butler Promotions, and Laurell Signs.
Industrial / Retail Bases
Lakepoint Business & Retail Park, Harbour Place Shopping Centre and the Fair Green Development in Mullingar are leading retail centres that have attracted leading brand names in the retail area such as Dunnes Stores, Tesco, Marks & Spencer and Woodies D.I.Y.
There are a number of Industrial Parks with fully serviced sites and units available for lease or purchase. Among Industrial Parks in the County are Mullingar Business Park, Lough Sheever Corporate Park and Lakepoint Business & Retail Park in Mullingar. In addition the IDA have a 70 acre Business Park currently under way in Marlinstown in Mullingar, also a new Enterprise Centre is planned for Mullingar Business Park offering incubation units to the micro-enterprise sector.
Mullingar owes much of its prominence to its central location. The M50, Dublin’s orbital route, is only a 50 minute drive since the opening of the new M4 motorway and Sligo to the West is only a 90 minute drive, allowing easy access to Dublin airport, the port tunnel and the city centre itself. This allows companies who are involved in imports/exports to achieve high levels of output through Mullingars excellent road infrastructure. The opening of the C-ring orbital route around Mullingar town has also been a great advancement for infrastructure in the town giving ease of access to main routes and eliminating congestion within the town.
Mullingar sits on one of Ireland’s most important mainline rail routes, providing daily passenger and freight services. The existing commuter train service has been enhanced with the introduction of hourly service linking Mullingar into the commuter network for Dublin, passing through the university town of Maynooth and providing direct access to the rail service along the East Coast.
Mullingar is serviced by the (national) gas pipeline linking it to the new gas field off the west coast, providing guaranteed access to the cleanest and most efficient fuel for years to come.