Coonty Westmeath (pronounced /wɛstˈmiːð/; Erse: Contae na hIarmhí) is ane o the twenty-sax coonties o the Republic o Ireland an ane o the thirty-twa coonties o Ireland. It is located in the province o Leinster. The population o the coonty is 79,403 according to the 2006 census. Westmeath is the 20t lairgest o Ireland’s 32 coonties in area an 22nt lairgest in terms o population. It is the saxt lairgest o Leinster’s 12 coonties in size an aicht lairgest in terms o population. It wis named efter the heestoric kinrick an province o Mide, the original extant o the kinrick conforming to the present coonty. Westmeath wis created under The Coonties o Meath an Westmeath Act o 1543. The Hill of Uisneach in the barony o Moycashel is sometimes regarded as the notional geographical centre o Ireland.