Love Longford Festival begins today

Aoife Carberry

Reporter:

Aoife Carberry

The very first Love Longford Festival is set to take place this coming weekend, kicking off today, Thursday, with a wide range of events.

The very first Love Longford Festival is set to take place this coming weekend, kicking off today, Thursday, with a wide range of events.

Today sees the opening of a number of art exhibitions throughout the town. Local artists including Shane Crossan, Pat Hourican, Amanda Graham, Gordon Farrell, Gary Robinson and Shelley Corcoran will have their work on display for the duration of the festival. There will also be exhibitions by Out-take Film Makers Group, Reflections Art Group and Longford Camera Club.

Given the theme of “Love Longford”, community groups, secondary school students and the men and women of St Christopher’s have been working hard to produce the beautiful works of art that will be on display in the town for the weekend.

The town arts trail will also begin today, with free guided tours of each of the exhibitions taking place on all four days of the festival. To book a place in one of the tours, contact the Longford Tourist Office at 043 3342577 or 085 8888876.

The Flower Club are hosting their own exhibition for Love Longford, which also kicked off today at St John’s Church, Battery Road, and will continue right through to Sunday.

Celebrating one of Longford’s literary greats, an exhibition on Padraic Colum can be viewed until Sunday in the Longford Library.

Continuing on the literary theme, the Longford Leader Literary Awards will take place tonight at 8pm in the Longford Arms Hotel. Poets and writers from around Longford have been submitting their pieces, each written with the “Love Longford” theme in mind.

Tomorrow, all exhibitions will once again be open to the public, and the Longford Arms Hotel will host a great night of music and entertainment. Four Men & A Dog will take to the stage tomorrow night, supported by a group of local musicians coming together for one night as “The Scattering”. Admission is €10.