Laois 'Slieve Bloom', Offaly 'Clonmacnoise',
Longford 'Anally', Westmeath 'Uisneach'
Regional Secretary - Donal Sweeney
Laois is in the centre of Ireland, a small county, but it has a hidden gem - the Slieve Bloom Mountains. The magnificent Slieve Bloom Mountains boast an almost unlimited amount of different activities including walking, cycling, auto touring, heritage tours, equestrian trails and Irish music and dancing festivals.
An older name to these hills is the Sliabh Bladhma, but this name has been lost over time.
Whether you love an action packed holiday, or simply just love the outdoors, the Slieve Bloom mountains have it covered.
Lakelands is renowned for fishing, cruising, sailing and golf.
Thanks to the National Editor, Brendon Colvert, for the photographs of Region 8.