There is something magical in the water that flows along the Royal Canal in Mullingar. The line: ‘That fair metropolis, so great and populous, adorns the regions of sweet Westmeath,’ still perfectly sums up the town in the 21st century. So many selfless people throughout the town’s history came together to lay the foundations for generations to follow. They were not in it for fame or glory. Their only vested interest was to see the town prosper and grow its burgeoning industrial heritage. Mullingar was safe in the hands of our predecessors who needed the town to grow, compete and succeed.