With the Gathering Ireland 2013 ready for off, the guide to Longford’s festivities was recently launched and the line up is bound to encourage Longfordians based all over the world to return back home next year.
Speaking to the Leader, Gathering Longford 2013 Committee member, Mary Carleton Reynolds said that there was much to look forward to, in Longford next year, and she also pointed to events and festivities that were right up there “with the best of them in the country”.
“We are all very excited about the Gathering Longford 2013,” she excitedly said, adding that everyone from the county, residing in other parts of the world, would be encouraged “to come back home and join in the celebrations and fun in 2013”.
“We really want as many people as possible to visit the county throughout next year, where they will experience a vibrant and exciting place, with many wonderful things to both do and see.
“It is not too late to include events on the programme, as we will update the guide, so we would ask those who are still putting the finishing touches to their Gathering 2013 plans to contact us for inclusion in the next edition of the local guide.”
Events in Co Longford kick off in January with Paul Brady in concert at the beautifully constructed Backstage Theatre and that will be followed by numerous plays at the venue throughout February.
‘The Auld Blacks’ gathering of Longford RFC members will be held during the month with a date yet to be confirmed. Then in March, aside from the St Patrick’s festivities, the Midland Karting Championships will take place, while over on the banks of the River Shannon, the nationally acclaimed Lanesboro Horse Fair will be held.
“There will be numerous festivals held over the summer months including the Helium in Ballymahon and the All Star Carnival in Ballinalee,” Ms Carleton-Reynolds explained further.
“The Farrell Clan Gathering will be held in June as will the Padraic Colum Festival – which is something new to the County, and an addition that will be most worthwhile, as Padraic is particularly synonymous with Granard and other parts of north Longford. There will be much unveiled about him.”
Vintage rallies, carnivals and agricultural shows will fill the schedule for late summer with 1798 Commemorative events in Ballinamuck, Ardagh and Granard in the pipeline for late September.
There will also be a huge emphasis on water and river festivities throughout the summer months with the Royal Canal Festival and a number of boating festivals currently being arranged for.
“It will be a very exciting year in Co Longford and we are looking forward to welcoming so many people to our county,” Ms Carleton-Reynolds concluded.