Longford celebrates its rich heritage

Today (Wednesday, August 22), marks the midway point in Longford’s celebration of National Heritage Week – and what a rich tapestry of events have been organised for this year’s programme. The week, which began on Saturday (August 18) last, has seen a variety of activities already take place including Jude Flynn’s account of his experiences of uncovering the roots of family trees.

Today (Wednesday, August 22), marks the midway point in Longford’s celebration of National Heritage Week – and what a rich tapestry of events have been organised for this year’s programme. The week, which began on Saturday (August 18) last, has seen a variety of activities already take place including Jude Flynn’s account of his experiences of uncovering the roots of family trees.

The week’s itinerary continues today with an archaeology workshop at the Drumlish library. Entitled ‘A Tale of Two Soldiers’, the workshop will begin at 2.30pm and will focus on uncovering the story of two soldiers through the artefacts that they have left behind (8-12 years). Admission is free and booking is essential. Contact 043-6686164.

Longford library plays host later this evening to ‘Monastic Ireland: A Gift of the Nile?’ with Alf Monaghan. This discussion, which is hosted by Wetlands Heritage Ireland, looks at the history of early Christianity from an alternative perspective. Contact 086-8133205 for further details.

On Thursday, August 23, there is a unique tour of Castle Forbes Gardens at Newtownforbes. Those interested are advised that this tour is already fully booked.

In south Longford, later that evening, there will be a ‘Leo Casey Evening’ at Ballymahon Library. Hosted by the Ballymahon History Group, the evening will celebrate the work of John Keegan ‘Leo’ Casey, a well known writer with ties to Ballymahon. Admission is free. Contact 0906 432546 for further information.

Moving to north Longford and the historic town of Granard, there will be a Country Market Day on Friday, August 24. There will be a showcase of traditional crafts and baking in the Granard Market House, Main Street. Free admission. Contact 086-3029045.

Saturday, August 25, sees a number of activities taking place throughout the county. These include story telling at Longford library (11am – 12.15pm), ‘Native Planting For Your Garden’ with Brendan Farrell (1pm – 2.30pm, contact 086-2887910) and nature walks at Glen Lake, Edgeworthstown (contact 071-9666704).

Finally, on Sunday, August 26, County Longford Bee-keepers Association will take a visit to the apiary at Farraghroe, Cullyfad. Meeting at Cullyfad Church at 2pm sharp. Contact 087-9691176.

Could there be a more perfect way to wind down Longford’s heritage week than ‘Wine Making With Nature’s Bounty’? Jim Fisher, Newtownforbes, takes a look at delicious drinks from locally-sourced berries and fruits. Contact 086-8133205.

Over the course of the week a number of exhibitions are running throughout the county. These include ‘She Moved Through The Fair – The Life and Works of Padraic Colum’ (August 20-31, 10am to 5pm daily at the Longford Library), ‘Exhibition of Church History Celebrating 150th Anniversary of the Present Church’ at St. John’s Church of Ireland, Lanesboro (August 18 – 28, 10.30 – 5.30pm daily), and ‘Arts, Crafts and Creativity Workshops’ at Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre, Ardagh (August 20 – 26 – contact 086-3027602 for further details).