About Athlone

Athlone town is located on the beautiful River Shannon near the southern shore of Lough Ree. It is the most populous town in the Midlands Region and here you are at the centre of Ireland, you’re in the heart of it all!

Athlone is a historical medieval Irish town which attracts many tourists and is a busy regional centre for top businesses. Considering that the town centre is only 1.5 hours from Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Kilkenny, with excellent bus and rail connections, it is also surprising how much more affordable the cost of living is here.

The friendly welcome will be the biggest attraction for our students who are looking for somewhere homely for their first experience abroad. We know you will be impressed with Athlone and not to mention the FL school facilities which are excellent.


Athlone is an ideal location for our adult academic year programme as many students are looking for an alternative to the big cities. For those seeking third level opportunities one of the top Institutes of Technology in the country is Athlone IT (soon to become Technology University Athlone).

FL Athlone Campus

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Our school campus is picturesque, close to the town center, beside the river Shannon and the school boasts beautiful large classrooms and green surroundings.

Our Future learning Athlone Campus is based in the newly renovated Lister House. This stunning main building was originally part of a distillery and brewery complex and was then used as a second-level school for boys from around 1960 up until 2017

We always welcome prospective students and agencies to visit the campus and we recommend booking in advance so we can dedicate enough time to show you around.

Working in Athlone

Athlone is one of the main hubs for employment in the midlands. The central location means it is an excellent choice for many companies with close proximity to all major cities and just 1.5 hours to Dublin airport.

There is a wide mixture of industries and business in Athlone which include; Pharmaceuticals, Technology, Farming (dairy and agriculture), Construction, Technology Seven 4 star hotels cater for the business and tourism industry along with many cafe’s, restaurants and bars located both inside and outside of the town and not to mention the many top golf courses located within close proximity.

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Living in Athlone

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With a population of 21,352, according to the 2016 Census, Athlone is really a ‘big small’ town! It has branches of several State and semi-State organisations, including the Department of Education, the Revenue Commissioners, Bus Éireann, Iarnród Éireann, IDA Ireland, and Enterprise Ireland, thus ensuring a strong local economy.

The Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) is the area’s regional third-level college.

The principal shopping centres, Golden Island and Athlone Town Centre, both in the town, house many of the big retailers, including Tesco, Boots, Argos, Zara, Marks and Spencer and TK Maxx.

Athlone is also home to three theatres: the Dean Crowe Theatre & Arts Centre, the Little Theatre, and Passionfruit Theatre. And, in 2012, the Luan, a multi-million euro contemporary art gallery, opened.

Sport plays a huge part in local life. Athlone Regional Sports Centre has a swimming pool, gym, and AstroTurf pitches, while Athlone Town nowadays plays their home games in Lissywollen.

The Athlone IT International Arena is Ireland’s first world-class indoor athletics arena, boasting a floor space of nearly 10,000 square metres.

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Lough Ree also offers wonderful coarse fishing and is hugely popular with fly fishermen. Whether you enjoy a long easy cruise or a white-knuckle powerboat ride, or if kayaking among the islands is your thing, Athlone is your perfect jumping-off point as you voyage south on the Shannon towards Limerick and the sea, or north through the Lakelands to Lough Allen.

There’s plenty of fine restaurants and watering holes along the way, such as Wineport Lodge, right on Lough Ree, in Glasson, and the former setting for RTE’s popular The Restaurant series.