WESTMEATH REGIONChairman: Brian Mahon
Secretary: Dave Scahill
This midlands Region is best known for its very fine lakes and exceptionally fine music stars. Major Irish music stars including the late Joe Dolan (RIP), singing duo Foster and Allen, Niall Breslin (Bressie - The Blizzards) and Niall Horan (One Direction) to name but a few were all born and lived in Westmeath.
The three major lakes to be found here are Lough Owel, Lough Ennel and Lough Derravaragh and of course the majestic River Shannon together with the Royal Canal both wind their way through our Region, greatly enhancing it.
Kilbeggan town boasts one of Ireland's oldest distilleries, Lockes Distillery, which operated as a small pot distillery, can now be visited as a whiskey museum. It was first licensed in 1757 and produced excellent Irish whiskey for more than two hundred years.
The Westmeath Region is proud to be the host Region to the 2015 IPA Anniversary Friendship Week and National Congress which will be held in the Shearaton Hotel in the town of Athlone, on the banks of the Shannon, in April.