Why relocate to Athlone?

Athlone is located in the centre of Ireland in County Westmeath, and is the largest town in the Midlands. In fact, it is one of Ireland’s largest towns and in recent times has been considered for city status as population increases and the area expands. 

Home to Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland’s oldest pub, and several historical sites, there is a fantastic mix of attractions for people here – as well as excellent career opportunities. With factors such as shorter commute times and a lower cost of living than Ireland’s larger cities, it allows you to live at a more comfortable pace. On top of it all, it could not be situated in a better place – just over an hour to Dublin and Limerick, and just under an hour to Galway – and it’s also connected by rail. 



Business Environment

Athlone and the surrounding area of the Midlands is home to companies from around the globe. Due to its ideal location and transport links, the Midlands has attracted organisations across several industries to base operations here – from information technology companies such as Nueda Technology and Ericsson, to medical devices manufacturers such as KCI, Renew Health and Teleflex. Other major organisations include market research company, NPD, as well as medtech and pharma multinationals Jazz, Alkermes and Alexion. No matter what field you work in you are sure to find opportunities here in the heart of Ireland. 

As well as this, the link with Athlone IT means that there is a highly educated workforce and ample opportunities for research or further education. 

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10.92 km2

Town area

Family Life

Family life in Athlone is perfect. Childcare costs are significantly lower than in Dublin and evenings can be spent in a multitude of ways. At weekends, you are just a short trip away from some of Ireland’s most famous counties and towns. 

An average commute time of just 19 minutes means that you are free to spend quality family time every single evening. Attractions such as Athlone Castle and Clonmacnoise, or activities like the Old Rail Trail or boat trips on Ireland’s longest river give you plenty of options to spend time with your loved ones. 

It is also a proud sporting area, home to Buccaneers Rugby Club, Athlone Town FC, and Athlone GAA Club – while there are also swimming centres, basketball teams and more. The perfect way to become a part of the community.  


Lough Ree, Co. Westmeath

Area of Interest – Glasson

Glasson is a small town just 8km outside of Athlone centre. It is a popular living place for many who work in Athlone, with a less than 20 minute commute. 

Located near the banks of Lough Ree, Glasson is the perfect place for you to live peacefully and still be close enough to work in Athlone town. There are plenty of housing estates in the area as well as sports clubs and local businesses. 

In your free time here you can visit The Waterstown House which is the historical centre of Glasson, or enjoy activities in and around Lough Ree. 


The lifestyle in Athlone is full of variety. Whether you love to be active, are a shopaholic or a culture-lover you’ll find enjoyment here. 

As mentioned earlier Athlone is bordering on city status and there is a ‘big-town feel’ around the place at weekends. Athlone Town Shopping Centre is full of recognised brands and there are a number of top quality cafes and restaurants to choose from, too. At night, the town is lit by the many bars – and locals recommend visiting Sean’s Bar, the oldest in Ireland. 

If you prefer to avoid shops, cafes and bars then there are plenty of other attractions to suit your lifestyle. There are several scenic cycling routes, adventure parks and historical sites in the surrounding area. 



Living & Working in Ireland


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Major Industries in Athlone

The Medtech Industry in Ireland

  • Employs 29,000 people
  • 18 of the top 25 largest medtech companies are in Ireland
  • Over 450 medtech companies in Ireland
  • 50% engage in R&D
  • 4,000 job openings between 2016-2020

CMcN MedTech industry in Ireland Report 2018

The Biopharma Industry in Ireland

  • Employs over 28,000 people
  • All of the top 10 largest biopharma companies operate in Ireland
  • Over 75 biopharma companies in Ireland
  • €39 billion in exports annually
  • 8,400 job openings between 2016-2020

CMcN Biopharma Industry in Ireland Report 2018

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