The Midlands Storms Forward With 7 Entries In 2024 Digital Towns Awards

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41 finalists have been decided chosen from the 150 applicants. 2 of these 41 finalists are from the midlands.

This year at the .ie Digital Towns Awards there are 7 entries from the midlands area.

There are 9 different categories and there is a total prize fund of 60,000 Euros.

These money prizes will be given out at the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath Fri 24th May. is a finalist in 2 categories-  Digital Business and Digital Changemaker. is a digital roadmap that aims to change perceptions and raise awareness about regions in the midlands.

It aims to make the areas in the midlands more appealing for investing, living, learning, working and visiting. 

Midlands Ireland is run by the local authorities of Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath. 

Some of the key undertakings being done by Midlands Ireland to make the midlands more appealing include the development of a new brand and website.

Abbeyleix- a visual community noticeboards a finalist in the Community Digital category. Abbeyleix has long been known as an important heritage town but they are now making strides as a green and sustainable town

Mountrath Digital Twin has been shortlisted in the Community Digital category. Their plan is to create an online 3D digital replica of the town as is today to see how it could be in the future.

Destination Athlone is a finalist in Digital Tourism. The website they have created here offers a chance for tourists to see what the area has to offer online before visiting the area itself.

Milltown, Rathconrath, Mullingar are setting up better wi-fi networks around the area allowing, with the modern day, for people to work online as much as necessary. They are showing the great work that can be done here for all people regardless of age. 

Athlone Midlands Polish Community TV is a finalist in the newcomer category. They gather a group of volunteers and video enthusiasts who are developing a pioneering opportunity in rural Ireland.

National Director, .ie Digital Town Programme Oonagh McCutcheon said “At .ie, our purpose is to enable and empower people, communities and businesses across Ireland to thrive online and we are advocates for all things digital at all levels. The .ie Digital Town Awards are a celebration of the incredible work being undertaken at a local level to promote innovation and breathe new life into local communities. The awards also afford the opportunity to recognise and show appreciation to the volunteers across the country who devote their spare time working tirelessly to enhance their local area, towns and villages and we look forward to celebrating all of our finalists at our Gala Awards ceremony in May’.

Chair of the .ie Digital Town Awards 2024 judging committee Joan Mulvihill added ‘The calibre of entries we received for this years’ awards has been astounding – I speak on behalf of my fellow judges when I say that we were blown away by the wealth of stories and commend each and every entrant who took the time to complete an application.  The digital future looks incredibly bright when we look at adoption of digital technology to solve everyday problems in towns and communities across the country’.



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