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Press Release – New Café Opening on Old Rail Trail

Jack’s Stop, a new café, located on the Old Rail Trail Greenway at Streamstown, opens its doors on 31 March 2023. In the perfect location at the halfway point between Athlone and Mullingar, the café operator is Jacqueline Muldoon, a local entrepreneur with a passion for great food, great coffee, and warm hospitality.

Jack's Stop promises to be a warm and welcoming hub for locals and visitors alike, offering delicious food and coffee, right on the greenway at the Streamstown access point. The café is set in the beautifully restored Station House, with a wonderful playground right alongside and, with ample bike and car parking, it is the perfect amenity for families, walkers, cyclists, and joggers.

Cathaoirleach of Westmeath County Council, Cllr. Aengus O’Rourke, said, “Having met Jackie and visited Jack's Stop recently I know she will do a fantastic job. This is a beautiful coffee shop, in a superb location with ample parking, a play area for children, and great facilities. I want to wish Jackie well and I have no doubt given her enthusiasm and experience that Jack's Stop will be a great success.”

A renovation project undertaken by Westmeath County Council transformed the historic buildings at the Streamstown Railway Station into a modern café and rest area with public conveniences.

Barry Kehoe, Director of Services, Westmeath County Council said, “It is a fantastic destination on the greenway halfway between Athlone and Mullingar and will provide restroom and refreshment facilities for the many cyclists, runners, and walkers using the greenway.”

"We're grateful to Westmeath County Council for their support and collaboration in bringing Jack's Stop to life," said Jackie, the café operator. "The building's rich history and its location on the Old Rail Trail Greenway makes it the perfect location for a café. We're honoured to be able to preserve its heritage while creating a new community space for locals and visitors."

Jack's Stop will be open five days a week, Thursday to Monday, from 8.30am to 5.30pm, with Sunday opening from 10am to 5pm. With ample indoor seating, the cafe also has a generous outdoor seating area, making it the perfect location for al fresco summer dining.

"We're looking forward to welcoming everyone to Jack's Stop," said Jackie. "We believe that our cafe will become a beloved local institution and a destination for visitors exploring the Old Rail Trail Greenway."

The Old Rail Trail is a 43km greenway that brings visitors along the historic Great Western Railway line, connecting the Royal Canal Greenway in Mullingar with the River Shannon in Athlone. Jack's Stop will be the ideal place for walkers, cyclists, joggers, visitors, and locals to take a break and enjoy some refreshments along the way.


Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 28/03/2023