There are loads of guest houses available in Athlone, Moate or Mullingar – all convenient to the training centre if you are driving. There is a B&B, with 3 rooms, on the Moate to Ballymore Road, Fairfield B&B, it is run by Louise Wynne and is highly recommended by students. Contact Louise at 087 6547686 or 09064 82866.
The Grand Hotel in Moate is very popular and reasonably priced. The Village B&B in nearby Mount Temple offers 2 self fully equipped catering apartments for €50 – €55 per night, €250 per week. Pets welcome. Call Gael 0868257484, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.thevillagebnb.com
Janice Ransom, 56 St Anne’s Terrace, Athlone (approx 20 min drive to CTC). This accommodation is in a family home in the heart of Athlone, 10 minutes walk from the town centre. There is full use of the house & garden including the kitchen – handy for those on special diets who need/like to prepare their own food. Free high speed WIFI, desk in room if required for study. Price used to be €20 per night, weekly stays from €70 (these may have changed!). Contact Janice 087 6879782 or email@example.com
Woodlands Farm Guesthouse in Streamstown has 6 rooms and also offers evenings meals. (Phone Mary Maxwell at 044-8226414) There is also a low cost hostel (summer) in Athlone (About €30 – €35), the Lough Ree Lodge (Phone 090 6476738, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.athlonehostel.ie ) This has basic rooms (with en-suite and TV) and communal areas for cooking, playing pool etc. Best value of all if you come outside of college terms (i.e. summer) is any of the variety of student accommodation units in Athlone (check online): e.g. Wellmount Student Village offers rooms for very low rates. The number to call is 0906 491471, the main contact is John Tumulty. See www.croioige.com for details of more low cost student accommodation in Athlone, during June, July and August. It is located directly opposite the Athlone Institute of Technology on the Dublin Road in Athlone behind the Londis shop. Rent can be paid in cash or cheque. There is free parking available and all apartments are fully equipped and bed linen is provided. Sharon is the person to contact at 087-9184424 or email@example.com
There are a selection of self-catering houses and cottages to let around Moate and Horseleap that groups of students may be interested in sharing. The info is available on www.ireland.ie also. The three most convenient ones from that site are Julie Ann’s Cottage, St Martins, and Russagh Cottage. Although they refer to weekly bookings it is worth phoning and enquiring about renting for shorter periods if that is what you need. More self catering accommodation is available at Glasson Mews (near the golf course in Glasson); 3 bed houses for €125 + €6 electricity per night (may have changed rates!). Contact Fiona at 087 9106108. 3 bedroom chalets on the lakeshore are available from Owen Egan, Shannon Holidays, Portlick, Glasson (087 2265982) for €280 for 2 nights (2 double beds and 1 twin room plus futon) last time students stayed there. This includes the use of a boat! Coosan Cottage, Ireland’s 1st Eco Guesthouse (fully licenced), in Athlone comes highly recommended – contact Tom at 090 6473468/0868339116, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ecoguesthouse.com
Note: Prices above may be out of date!
There is no restaurant in Ballymore, only a take-away. There are lots of restaurants in Mullingar and Athlone but best food is definitely in Athlone – wide range of restaurants. There is also a good Chinese restaurant in Moate with an extensive menu and a delivery service (Phone 09064-82666 or 09064-82873) and food is good in the Grand Hotel (Moate also). Supermacs available also!