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Collinstown, North Westmeath

Collinstown has been an inhabited area since pre-Christian times. West of the village, in the townland of Ranaghan, are the remains of several ringforts. At least one of these is attributed to the Viking chief Turgesius, who is said to have conquered Dublin. Turgesius built them on high ground overlooking Lough Lene for defensive purposes and resided there before being killed by Máel Sechnaill mac Maíl Ruanaid, the High King of Ireland. In addition to this fort, Turgesius also had another upon the largest island of Lough Lene which still today bears his name, Turgesius Island.

The area also contains ancient burial-grounds associated with St Colman who was responsible for seven early Christian mass paths by which pilgrims travelled on foot through fields to Sunday mass, dating from the penal times.

Age Friendly Village
Collinstown is an Age Friendly Village and is set up to be very comfortable and welcoming for visitors and residents of all ages and particularly older people.  We have loads of comfortable seating dotted around the village and with nice relaxing walks in a scenic area.  Enjoy Bingo every Tuesday night - perfect for visitors of all ages.  Get up and dance at the monthly Social Dance in Collinstown Hall, young and old alike take to the floor on the first Friday of every month from 9pm.

Food & Drink

  • Carmel’s Daybreak is the perfect spot for all you need for an al fresco lunch or picnic.  They have hot and cold deli’s, freshly made toasted sandwiches, coffee, homemade cakes and are well known locally for their excellent ice cream cones.
  • Roma serves delicious fish and chips and Italian style pizzas, perfect after a long day at Lough Lene.
  • The Lough Lene Inn and The Maypole Bar offer a great range of both alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks that can be enjoyed in a nice cozy atmosphere.

Collinstown is 78 minutes from Dublin and 21 minutes from Mullingar.