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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 progressing along Mardyke Street, Pump Lane and St Mary’s Square. To faciliate the works Mardyke Street is closed to Vehicular Traffic until September 2023 and a Southbound one way system is in operation on Pump Lane until early November 2023. Lane closures resulting in temporary one way systems will be in place on Sean Costello Street and John Broderick Street from Late September until early November 2023.
Traffic diversions are in place.

Mardyke Street August 2023

Mardyke Street Illustration

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