Infobox Irish Place
name = Tullamore
gaeilge = Tulach Mhór
motto = Esto Fideles - The Faithful
pin coords = left: 78px; top: 35px
north coord = 53.2667
west coord = 7.5000
irish grid = N335248
elevation = 73 m (239 ft)
county = Offaly
town pop = 12,927
rural pop =
census yr = 2006
web = www.offaly.ie/yourcouncil/tullamoretc.asp
Tullamore is an important commercial and industrial centre in the region. Major international employers in the town include 'Tyco Healthcare' and 'Boston Scientific'. In 2004, [http://www.trp.ie Tullamore Retail Park] was formed. It includes outlets such as a Tesco Extra hypermarket, DID electrical, Argos Extra and Atlantic Homecare.
The town is home to the Midland Area offices of the
Health Service Executiveand its Midland Regional Hospital, which together employ over 1,000 people. A new state of the art hospital is currently under a phased opening process.
Tullamore was designated a 'gateway' town in late 2003 by the
Irish Government, making it eligible for increased infrastructural investment. The town and its community received a bronze medal in the Government's National Tidy Towns Competition in 2004 and also played host to the 'World Sheep Dog Trials' in 2005 which attracted huge international interest in the region. The Tullamore Show is held in Charleville, Tullamore every year.
The town's most famous export is "
Tullamore Dew" - an Irish whiskeypreviously distilled by " Tullamore Distillery" - that can be traced back to 1829. The distillery closed in the 1950s but its traces are still visible in the town. Tullamore Dew is now produced by Irish Distillers Ltd.in Midleton, County Cork, and marketed by Cantrell & Cochrane.
Tullamore was part of the first English plantation of Offaly in the 1570s . In 1785 the town was seriously damaged when the crash of a hot air balloon resulted in a fire that burned down about 100 houses giving the town the distinction of being home to the world's first aviation disaster.
To this day, the town shield depicts a phoenix rising from the ashes.
The Grand Canal linked Tullamore to
Dublinin 1798. Tullamore became county townof County Offalyin 1835, replacing Daingean.
From 1975 until
24 March 2008Tullamore was the home of RTÉ Radio 1's principal medium-wave transmitter, broadcasting the AM version of Radio 1 on 567 kHz, at a power of 500 kW. Before this, the main transmission centre had been sited near Athlone. Tullamore is also home to the headquartersof Midlands 103.
Places of interest
The [http://www.tullamore-dew.org Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre] on the banks of the
Grand Canalfocuses on the distilling, canal and urban history of the town. Audio visual and self guided tours are available daily.
Charleville Forest Castle
Charleville Estate located on the edge of the town, one of Ireland’s most splendid Gothic buildings, stands in beautiful parkland which contains the Charleville oak, one of the biggest and oldest in the country. The castle is said to be haunted and was featured on series 1 of Living TV's Most Haunted. The oak woodland is beautiful – and botanically an important survivor of primeval stock. Once a year the park becomes a hub of bustling and happy humanity on the occasion of Tullamore Agricultural Show, one of the most important of its kind.
Tullamore is an ideal base for discovering the
Slieve Bloom Mountainsto the south of the county. The 'Slieve Bloom' mountains have many beautiful walking and cycling trails as well as excellent picnic areas with some panoramic views of the surrounding lowlands.
Just south of Tullamore are the unique 'Lough Boora' parklands. The boglands are a landscape for a wide range of flora and fauna. The magnificent wetlands and wildlife wilderness of Lough Boora now host some of the most innovative land and
environmental sculptures in Ireland. The artists, inspired by the rich natural and industrial legacy of the boglands, have created a series of large-scale sculptures that are now part of the Parklands permanent collection.
10 km west of Tullamore is the village of
Rahan. The remains of a what was once a large monastery settlement founded by St.Carthage or Mochudain the 6th century, can be seen in the village.
Within 5 minutes' drive is the
Celtic crossof Durrow. In the middle of the 6th century a monastery was founded here by St Colomba, the monastery is famous for an illuminated manuscript, written here in the 7th century, known as the Book of Durrow.
The population of Tullamore (and its environs) has risen by 28.8% from 1996 to 2006 [cite web | title=Demographic context | work=Offaly County Council Development Plan 2009 - 2015 | url=http://www.offaly.ie/NR/rdonlyres/A4AD027E-87E4-4353-917B-47C75D92768F/1095/Chapter2ContextandChallenges_FEB08.pdf | accessdate=2008-06-28] :
*1996 ... 10,039
*2002 ... 11,098
*2006 ... 12,927
Tullamore railway station, first opened on 2 October 1854, [cite web | title=Tullamore station | work=Railscot - Irish Railways | url=http://www.railscot.co.uk/Ireland/Irish_railways.pdf | accessdate=2007-09-07] is served by trains on the Dublin-Galway and Dublin-Westport/Ballina inter-city routes.
National Development PlanIn association with the County Westmeathurban centres, Athloneand Mullingar, Tullamore forms part of what is known as the Midlands Gateway.
Tullamorebypass [http://www.nra.ie/RoadSchemeActivity/OffalyCountyCouncil/N52TullamoreBypass/SchemeName,14490,en.html N52 Tullamore Bypass Scheme] - [http://www.nra.ie www.nra.ie] ] will be a new km to mi | 14 | abbr=yes | precision=0 single carriageway upgrade to the N52. The route will leave the existing N52 approximately km to mi | 6 | abbr=yes | precision=0 southwest of Tullamore town, intersecting with the N80 road, crossing over the Grand Canal, before rejoining the N52 again km to mi | 3 | abbr=yes | precision=0 north of the town. A spur will be constructed from the northern section of the route to the Tullamore Western Relief Road and will, therefore, effectively create a bypass for the N80 road. The scheme began construction in April 2008, with the expected completion date in the last quarter of 2010.
Festivals and events
Tullamore Phoenix Festival
This annual celebration of extreme, arts, culture and heritage was first held in August 2000. Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th July 2008. The festival celebrates Tullamore's resurrection from the ashes following a hot air balloon accident in which part of the town centre was destroyed by a wayward balloon on
May 10, 1785- it is recognised as the world's first aviation disaster. The festival holds many events including - Hot Air Balloons, Sky Diving, Live Outdoor Concerts, Street Entertainment, Fire Parade, Fireworks and much more.
The Queen of the Land Festival
This takes place in Tullamore each year on the third weekend in November. Primarily a personality contest it seeks to find the best examples of a modern Irish woman. It is organised by Offaly Macra Na Feirme. Each year about 25 girls between the age of 17 and 35 compete to be crowned Queen of the Land. The festival provides a host of entertainment throughout the town over the weekend, primarily at night.
This annual Livestock show takes place in August. It has grown considerably over the past number of years and is now the largest one day show in the country.
Fleadh Ceoilwas held in Tullamore for the very first time between the 17th and 24th August 2007.
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* [http://www.tullamore.org Tullamore]
* [http://www.tullamorechamber.com Tullamore Chamber]
* [http://www.phoenixfestival.ie Phoenix Festival]
* [http://www.queenofthelandfestival.com Queen of the Land Festival]
* [http://www.tullamorelife.net Tullamore Life & Community]
* [http://www.tullamore-dew.org Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre]
* [http://www.hophill.com Tullamore news, sport and events]
* [http://www.tullamoreonline.net/ Tulamore on line]
* [http://www.offalyexpress.ie Offaly Express Newspaper]
* [http://www.irish-architecture.com/buildings_ireland/offaly/tullamore/index.html Architecture of Tullamore]
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