Love Your County - Westmeath
The men from the Midlands have had some great GAA days over the last decade, with a 2004 Leinster title the highlight.
GAA Moment: 2004 Leinster Final
Now that Paidi O’Sé is no longer with us Westmeath’s 2004 Leinster title is even more poignant. The Kerry legend took over in 2004 and with a fine panel of underage winners at his disposal O’Sé led Westmeath to victories over Wexford, Dublin and Offaly. That set up a Leinster final against Laois, managed by O’Sé former boss Mick O’Dwyer and after a draw in the first game Westmeath won 0-12 to 0-10.
It was the counties the first ever senior title – and it remains so – and the fantastic documentary Marooned was there to capture it all. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a must watch.
Enjoy the Shannon in Athlone
Ireland’s longest river is one of the Ireland’s top tourist attractions, especially for cruising by boat. If you do, then Athlone is a must stop-off point. With a host of bars and restaurants in the town, you will be spoiled for choice and if the weather is in your favour then spending time on the banks of the Shannon is a great way to pass an hour or two.
With a licence to produce whiskey since 1757, the former Locke’s Distillery is a great spot to while away some time in Westmeath. With its distinctive whitewashed walls and water-driven wheel this fully active distillery will show you how whiskey was made two centuries ago, a method still employed by the current owners.
And if you take the Gold Medal tour, it finishes with a whiskey tasting class where you get to try four different tipples. Sounds good to us.