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Longford tourism should be higher up the economic strategy agenda

Longford is set to become one of the leading counties in tourism, according to Cllr Pat O'Toole, with an influx of up to 10,000 people a week to potentially hit the county thanks to Center Parcs Longford Forest.

ALSO READ:  Promoting Longford at Holiday World Cllr Micheál ...

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Export report predicts Longford house prices will rise 10% in 2019

The price of the average three-bed semi in County Longford is expected to rise by 10% in the next 12 months, according to a survey carried out by Real Estate Alliance. The survey predicts Longford will have the largest national price rise – along with Waterford City.  Prices in the ...

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Deaths in Longford - Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Karen Clarke Curran, Briskill, Newtownforbes, Longford The death occurred on Monday, January 21 of Karen Clarke Curran, Briskill, Newtownforbes, Longford and formerly 3 O’Connell Terrace, Longford. Karen passed away at her home in the tender loving care of her family. Karen will be forever ...

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Longford Mass-goers advised not to shake hands as a sign of peace due to flu virus

Because of the present heightened threat posed by the flu virus, Bishop Francis Duffy has recommended that priests do not invite worshippers to use a handshake as a sign of peace at Mass.

HSE has recommended that you see your GP if any of the following applies to you:

* Your symptoms ...

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Ten Longford families in mortgage arrears saved from repossession

High Profile Vulture Fund opponent David Hall announced his new housing group i-Care came to the aid of those affected over the last year.  

I-CARE, which is funded by AIB was set up a year ago to rescue families in Mortgage Arrears trouble.

At the time the housing body ...

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Longford Weather Alert: Met Éireann issues snow and ice warning for the whole country

Met Éireann has issued a snow and ice warning for the whole country as temperatures drop. The weather warning is in place from 9pm tonight until 7pm tomorrow evening (Tuesday).

Icy and slippery conditions are expected due to an accumulation of ice and snow on untreated ...

2019-01-21 15:55 open_in_new
Lough Ree Angling Hub delighted as new fisheries facilities developed at Kilnacarrow

The angling tourism business of Longford and Roscommon has got a major boost with the development of new access facilities to one of Europe's best known fisheries at Kilnacarrow bridge north of Lanesboro and Ballyleague.

For over twenty years the Bord na Móna railway bridge at ...

2019-01-21 15:55 open_in_new
BREAKING: Bord Na Móna to lodge controversial Longford windfarm plans

ALSO READ: New guidelines hold key to Derryadd wind farm proposal

The semi state peat firm will table a detailed application with the national planning appeals body next Thursday (January 31) with a view to constructing a 24-strong windfarm.

The proposed development, which has ...

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Faster rail line needed between Longford and Dublin

For Longford town and county to progress, attract businesses and bring people to work, settle down and live within the county, it needs to begin with fast access to and from our capital city.

That was the opening statement of Cllr John Browne at last week's special meeting of Longford ...

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Hanging on the telephone - Longford has 84 mobile phone blackspots

Longford has 84 mobile phone blackspots, giving it the unwanted distinction of topping the table for the highest number of identified mobile phone blackspots in the country. The revelation is, perhaps, not all that surprising, considering county Longford also has the slowest average ...

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Deaths in Longford - Monday, January 21, 2019

Roy Fitzsimons, Rathcline Road, Lanesboro, Longford The death occurred, peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, January 19 of Roy Fitzsimons, Rathcline Road, Lanesboro, Longford. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Maureen, daughter Shana, son Garret, son in law Duncan, ...

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Granard - Longford Local Link evening service extended until March

The Granard - Longford Local Link bus service, 865, which travels via Ballinalee and Ennybegs, will continue to run until March 31, 2019.

Originally, it was intended that the pilot Local Link service would end on December 31, 2018 after which the NTA (National Transport Authority) ...

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Robin Lyons wins Midland MC Hewison Autotest Championship round at Longford

After a close battle for most of the day, Robin Lyons ran out the winner of the Midland MC Hewison Autotest Championship round at Longford on Sunday. Lyons finished five seconds ahead of defending title holder Ian White, with his main challenger Guy Foster in third position, less than three ...

2019-01-20 23:07 open_in_new
Deaths in Longford - Sunday, January 20, 2019 - evening

Roy Fitzsimons, Rathcline Road, Lanesboro, Longford The death occurred, peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, January 19 of Roy Fitzsimons, Rathcline Road, Lanesboro, Longford. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Maureen, daughter Shana, son Garret, son in law Duncan, ...

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Longford swimmer Darragh Greene wins three medals at Flanders Cup in Belgium

Longford swimmer Darragh Greene won three medals - gold, silver and bronze - at the Flanders Cup in Belgium this weekend.

Darragh, the Irish record holder for the 100m and 200m Breastroke, was part of the Irish National squad and he finished with the 5th highest Fina points of ...

2019-01-20 21:01 open_in_new
GALLERY | Spectacular ‘A Night On Broadway’ production at Backstage Theatre Longford

'A Night On Broadway' returned to Backstage Theatre Longford with spectacular performances on January 11 and 12. Produced by Paul Hennessy and Tracey Carty of Evolution Stage School, this was the third year of the fundraiser for St Mel's Musical Society.

ALSO READ: ...

2019-01-20 17:52 open_in_new
€80m Lidl agri-food produce sourced from Longford

According to the recently launched Lidl Ireland 2018 IMPACT report, over €80 million agri-food produce is sourced from Longford-based suppliers. The report is a major study of the positive impact Lidl is having on the communities it serves throughout Ireland.

ALSO READ:  Truly ...

2019-01-20 17:52 open_in_new
Great start to 2019 for Longford's Geraldine Mahon as she wins brand new car in 'Gala Gifts' promotion

It’s been a prosperous start to 2019 for one lucky lady in Newtownforbes, who has been presented with a brand new 181 Toyota Aygo, courtesy of Gala Retail. Geraldine Mahon won the top prize in Gala Retail’s biggest ever ‘Gala Gifts’ promotion, which gave Gala customers the chance to ...

2019-01-20 16:49 open_in_new
Deaths in Longford - Sunday, January 20, 2019

Thomas Davis, Drumbad, Ballinamuck, Longford

The death occurred, peacefully, after a short illness at St Vincent's Private Hospital, Dublin, on Saturday, January 19 of Thomas Davis, Drumbad, Ballinamuck, Longford. Beloved husband of Sheila. Sadly missed by his heartbroken wife, brother ...

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Nothing could prepare Longford comedian Sean Finnerty 'for the adrenaline rush' of appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

Killoe comedian Sean Finnerty had audiences around the world laughing at his Irish humour after he appeared on the internationally popular Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last Friday night. The hilarious local man nabbed the slot on the popular TV show after he auditioned for a nationwide ...

2019-01-19 18:46 open_in_new
Truly inspirational story of Longford's Margaret Norton and her quest to find her birth parents moves Late Late Show viewers to tears

The truly inspirational story of the quest of Longford's Margaret Norton to find her birth parents moved viewers of the Late Late Show to tears last night. 

Margaret was illegally adopted from a GP in Monaghan in the 1970s, and with few clues to her origins, she shared her ...

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