Sheila Healy, Westmeath County Council; Lauren Gregory, Mullingar Chamber of Commerce; Cllr Bill Collentine, Mullingar Tidy Towns; Louise Kelly, Mullingar Chamber of Commerce; Ciara Gilhooley, Mullingar Tidy Towns; and Aisling Coleman, Mullingar Chamber of Commerce.

Mullilngar retains Purple Flag status

Mullingar has been awarded the Purple Flag accreditation for its evening and night-time economy (ENTE), following an assessment process carried out by expert assessors on March 31.

The Purple Flag accreditation is an internationally recognised standard which shows that Mullingar has proven to be a prime destination for a safe, enjoyable, and diverse night-time experience.

The successful application was built on features such as the establishment of the Mullingar Community First Responder Unit, and the submission included a number of projects and events that contributed to a thriving evening and night-time scene.

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann stood out as a prime example of the ability of the town to host large-scale and successful events.

Mullingar’s Purple Flag partnership was also commended in the assessment. The strong collaboration between local businesses, community organisations, the local authority, and the gardaí was instrumental in creating a well-rounded and cohesive evening and night-time experience.

Aisling Coleman, manager at Mullingar Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be awarded the Purple Flag accreditation. This recognition reflects the tremendous efforts made by the local stakeholders to develop a vibrant and safe evening and night-time economy. We are proud of the diverse range of attractions, events, and initiatives that make Mullingar an exceptional destination after dark.”

The Purple Flag accreditation also reinforces the town as a destination for visitors in Ireland, as they and residents can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing they are in a town that prioritises safety, accessibility, and diversity during the evening and night-time hours.

Mullingar Chamber thanked all the businesses who supported them on their assessment night by attending and decorating their windows. They would like to thank Mullingar Community First Responders and Joe Connaire for their presentations; Bill Collentine and Mullingar Tidy Towns for their support in helping them achieve the Purple Flag Accreditation.

Joe, Riona and Ellen Connaire and Anna and Aoife Dunleavy provided music on the night of the assessment; Daniel Boyne was MC and historian Ruth Illingworth led a walking tour of Mullingar with the assessors on the night.

The chamber would especially like to thank Westmeath County Council for their continued support in retaining the Purple Flag over the last seven years.