County Westmeath is in the eastern province of Leinster.
The hill of Uisneach in the medieval Barony of Moycashel is generally accepted as the notional geographical center of Ireland.
County Westmeath is bordered by the counties of Cavan, Longford, Meath, Offaly and Roscommon.
Mullingar, the county town
Athlone, Ballymore and Castlepollard.
The Dublin to Galway/Westport/Ballina inter city train service stops at Athlone Train Station and the Dublin to Sligo service stops at Mullingar Train Station
Westmeath has a strong agricultural economy around the major market centers of Mullingar, Moate, and Kinnegad.
Athlone developed due to its military significance, and its strategic location on the main Dublin-Galway route across the River Shannon.
Tourism in Westmeath is generally centered on its many water amenities.
The county lakes include Lough Derravaragh, Lough Ennell,Lough Cassidy,Lough Lene, Lough Hogg, Lough Owel, Lough Coffey and Lough Ree. Both the Grand Canal, and the Royal Canal flow through Westmeath, and the River Shannon has a modern inland harbour in Athlone.
Mullingar is renowned for the high quality of its beef and veal. Weaned cattle from the west of the Shannon, are fattened for market on the lush grasslands of Meath and Westmeath.
The cattle are also used to maintain grassland to help sustain wildlife in the areas fringing the Bog of Allen.
Westmeath is home to many stud farms.
The plains of Westmeath, covered in calcium-rich marl, contribute significantly to calcification of foal bones during their formative years. Westmeath mares are usually put into foal in spring to facilitate summer growth.
Pregnancy lasts for approximately 335–340 days and usually results in one foal.
Horses mature around four years old.
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