Longford Town Landmarks set to be launched in Longford Library next week

Local people share their stories on key places around the county town 

Press Release: Monday, 20 May 2024 

Longford Town Landmarks, featuring ten well-known landmarks and accompanying stories, will be launched by Longford County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr Colm Murray in Longford Library on Tuesday, 28 May at 6:30pm. All are invited to attend.

A Longford County Council publication, it was commissioned by then Longford Arts Officer Fergus Kennedy in 2023, before his untimely passing. The book was written by local journalist Jessica Thompson and photography is by Shelley Corcoran.

Longford Town Landmarks features well-known landmarks around the county town. It also includes stories from local people who share memories of growing up near these places. 

From St John's Church to St Mel's Cathedral, the book takes in some buildings that are still in use, such as St Mel's College and the Temperance Hall. Other landmarks that have changed use over the decades are also included, such as the Fair Green and the Ribbon Factory. 

The local people speaking about these landmarks include Rev Simon Scott, Bridie Göbl, Hugh Farrell, Niamh O'Reilly, Kevin Dempsey, Una Byrne, Cllr Peggy Nolan, Robert Belton, Fr Tom Murray, and Cllr Seamus Butler.

Copies of Longford Town Landmarks will be available to purchase at the launch in Longford Library on Tuesday, 28 May at 6:30pm. It is also available to be purchased from Newsround in Longford Town.

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