Geographical centre of Ireland
The geographical centre of Ireland is where the 8° Meridian West meets the 53°30' North Latitude in the townland of Carnagh East, County Roscommon on the western shore of Lough Ree, opposite the Cribby Islands and 8.85 kilometres NNW of Athlone Town. Lecarrow is the closest population centre.
The Hill of Uisneach was in ancient times considered to be the centre of Ireland. Up to recently[when?] a fire was lit every May Day and a Mass was celebrated on the hill. The Hill of Uisneach is situated on the road from Mullingar to Athlone, about 17.7 kilometres west of Mullingar two kilometres from the village of Loughanavally.