Lots of festive cheer at Longford Failte Festival

Wendy Louise Knight, Sam, Conor, and Luca Keighran at the Failte Festival Longford Artisan Market. Photo: Shelley Corcoran
Festive cheer was in rich supply at the weekend as Longford town played host to the 2014 Failte Festival.

Festive cheer was in rich supply at the weekend as Longford town played host to the 2014 Failte Festival.

From a myriad of shop promotions and Christmas special offers to the obligatory appearance of Santa and his trusty elves, there was plenty to keep all agegroups enticed throughout the course of the two day affair.

Local businessman James Morgan, who helped spearhead the event together with local group, The Longford Unite Project, said the occasion couldn’t have gone any better.

“There were great crowds and the whole festival went off extremely well,” said a delighted Mr Morgan, as he reflected on the weekend’s events.

One of the particular highlights which drew noteworthy interest came courtesy of an artisan market on the town’s Market Square.

The added presence of Santa and a band of elves ensured there was plenty of exictement and merryment throughout the course of Saturday afternoon.

Later that evening, the focus switched to local establishment, ‘Valentine’s’ where a diverse and well attended fancy dress competition was held.

“There was a great range of costumes on display which showed the level of interest and time and effort people had put in,” added the Longford businessman.

Not to be outdone, the Midland Dog Welfare Group staged a special dog show at Longford’s Mall Complex over the weekend.

Add in the wide selection of discounts and other attractions which were laid on by a succession of Longford businesses and it was perhaps not hard to understand the level of interest in the occasion.

“We also have a Mr and Mrs Competiton which we are still running until December 23,” added Mr Morgan.

Winning entrants will receive free hair and make up design, dining and cinema tickets with the winners to be announced on Shannonide Radio that same afternoon.

To enter, send a picture into the Longford Unite Facebook page or the Failte Festival Facebook page.