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Athlone Town Centre Regeneration and Enhancement


To build on the success of the Church Street Public Realm Enhancement, to create a vibrant town centre, with inviting streetscapes that entice pedestrians and patrons to explore and discover the heart of Athlone.

Athlone Town Centre Regeneration Master Plan

Athlone Town Centre Master Plan


The proposed design will enhance the streetscape at this important gateway to Athlone Town Centre through:

  • the proposed pedestrianisation of Sean Costello Street.
  • kerb & junction realignment to widen existing footpaths.
  • improvements to vehicular traffic management at key junctions.
  • and provision of safe pedestrian crossing points for all town centre users.


Planning Consent

McAdam Design were appointed in August 2020 to deliver and supervise the public realm enhancement scheme from Part 8 planning consent to construction.

Part 8 Planning consent was approved at the June 2020 Meeting of Westmeath County Council.

Artists Impression Sean Costello Street

Artists Impression — Sean Costello Street



Artist Impression – Sweeny’s Corner

Artists Impression — Sweeny's Corner


Contract Signing

Westmeath County Council has awarded the contract for The Athlone Town Centre Public Realm Enhancement Works to John Cradock Ltd. The contract will enhance 0.6HA of Athlone’s Public Realm at Mardyke St, Pump Lane and Sean Costello St, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.


Westmeath County Council’s Chief Executive, Pat Gallagher, said “Westmeath County Council is eagerly anticipating delivery of these public realm works which is one of many projects being delivered by our Regeneration Project Team throughout the county that will revitalise our town centres, ensuring that they are welcoming and attractive places that are accessible and appealing to all regardless of age or ability.”

Councillor Aengus O’Rourke, Cathaoirleach of Westmeath County Council welcomed the signing of this contract with John Cradock ltd as a significant investment in the Town Centre of Athlone that confirms Westmeath County Council’s ongoing commitment to the development of Athlone. Councillor O’Rourke said, “I look forward to the completion of this project which will enhance the appeal of Athlone Town Centre and provide a pleasant pedestrian-friendly space.”

Westmeath County Council’s Regeneration Project team is grateful for the patience and understanding of our businesses and citizens throughout the period of the works and will communicate any key information through the Council’s website and social media channels as the project progresses.


Current Status

Work is substantially complete on Mardyke Street and footpath paving works are substantially complete on St Mary’s Square, Pump Lane, Irishtown and John Broderick Street.

Mardyke Street Jan 2024

‌Final re-surfacing of the section of road between Mardyke Street and Church Street comprising the disabled parking bay and loading bay (Dublin Gate Street) will be taking place in mid February 2024 and a road closure and associated diversions will be in place.

Sean Costello Street was permanently closed to vehicular traffic on 31 October 2023 and laying of paving slabs commenced in january 2024. Sean Costello Street will remain open to pedestrians throught the duration of the works via dedicated routes.

There will be a new traffic signal system commissioned in the coming weeks at the junctions between Mardyke Street / Pump Lane / Gleeson Street / St Marys Square / Irishtown / John Broderick Street. Some adjustments to signal cycle times may be required during the initial operation of the traffic signal system.

Final re-surfacing of Pump Lane and sections of surrounding roads will also be taking place in February / March 2024 and traffic management measures such as lane closures and associated diversions will be in place.

Sweeneys Corner Jan 2024

Sweeneys Corner – Current Works

Sweeneys Corner Artist Impression Completed Project

Sweeneys Corner – Artists Impression of completed project‌

Westmeath County Council acknowledges that the works have the potential to impact adjacent businesses during this construction phase. To facilitate communication and mitigate impacts where possible, the Council has established a Stakeholder Liaison Group comprising representatives from the local businesses, Westmeath County Council, the Contractor, and the Chamber of Commerce.

Access this link to find the contractor's Story Board which details the proposed phasing of works and summarises the works to be completed over the coming weeks. The storyboard will be updated at regular intervals.

Westmeath County Council (WCC) are very grateful to the local community for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused.


The Regeneration Team can be contacted at

Regeneration Project Team,
Westmeath County Council,
Áras an Chontae,
Co. Westmeath. N91 FH4N
Tel. 044-9332000
Email: regen@westmeathcoco.ie