Local Studies

Local Studies

The Local Studies department has a wealth of material about Longford including a large collection of publications stretching back to 1886, when the first books about the county were published! It also holds a major collection of local newspapers both on microfilm and in hardcopy. In addition, the department has an impressive collection of books about Ireland, including many important works of reference.

See just some of what is available to help you in your County Longford Local Studies:


  • Longford Messenger, January-April 1837 (microfilm)
  • Longford Journal, 1839-88; 1899-1914; 1935-37 (microfilm)
  • Longford Independent, 1885-1913; 1921-25 (microfilm)
  • Longford Leader, ongoing since 1897 (microfilm and hardcopy)
  • Longford News, 1961-69; 1971-73 (microfilm); 1976-77; 1981; 1984-2010 (hardcopy)
  • Longford Telegraph, April 1949-December 1950; most of 1952-54 (hardcopy)

The Longford Leader is also available on the Irish Newspaper Archive at IrishNewsArchive.com, which is searchable. It can be accessed free-of-charge in all the libraries in the county.

Local Publications

There is a broad range of books about the county and its history. Subjects covered include parishes and places, politics, sport, literature, and biographies and autobiographies. 

The Monsignor John V. Sheridan Collection, on loan from County Longford Historical Society, consists of local books and publications on many aspects of Ireland.

You can search the library catalogue for specific titles.