Summer Festival returns to Longford Town

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Pictured on site in Connolly Barracks this week and reviewing plans for the Longford Summer Festival were left to right, Joe Flaherty, Peter Dolan, Anita Hanly; Martina Glennon of Optimum Events, who are managing the three day event, and Frank Kiernan. Other members of the small band of organisers, but missing from the photo are Aidan Brady, Patrick Hanlon and Joe Flynn. Photo by: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
Longford Summer Festival is set to return after an absence of more than ten years. Inspired by Killoe based businessman, Frank Kiernan Jnr (Kiernan Structural Steel) a small group of businesspeople have come together and will this weekend announce full details for the three day programme.

Longford Summer Festival is set to return after an absence of more than ten years. Inspired by Killoe based businessman, Frank Kiernan Jnr (Kiernan Structural Steel) a small group of businesspeople have come together and will this weekend announce full details for the three day programme.

Throughout the day, Saturday and Sunday, the old Barracks will be turned into a tented village with a major Food Village and demonstrations by top chefs such as local hero, Gary O’Hanlon and his colleague from The Restaurant TV show, Louise Lennox.

There will also be dedicated areas for Home & Garden with local woman, Anita Hanly, bringing together several leading lights from the gardening world. There will be a fashion quarter and fashion shows featuring local retailers both days. Another exciting component will be the Lifestyle quarter, showcasing the leaders in health and fitness and it will be a great opportunity see the extensive range of therapies and alternatives now on our doorsteps.

Throughout the day there will be two dedicated bar areas including the Camlin Wine Bar, which does exactly as it says and will see popular wines and bubbles served in a beautiful and hidden setting.

One of the most exciting dimensions to the festival however will be the children’s village. This zone will be divided into three areas, each with their own elements of magic. Highlights will include a super dooper Pirate Slide; a Giant Circus Bouncing Castle to compete with the Carrot Bouncing Castle and a pirate boat train to ferry the youngsters on a magical voyage around the old barracks.

Looking ahead to the big event, Frank Kiernan Jnr told the Leader: “We wanted to stage an event that reflects positively on the town, county and the people of Longford. We have been hugely heartened by the support from Longford Council, the Chamber and the Gardai and I am certain that with goodwill and support, we can put the town back in lights.”

However he went on to say that the event is not cheap to stage and with total running costs in the region of €115k, the organisers will be reaching out to local businesses who will benefit from an association with the Festival.