It was an appreciative audience that enjoyed a night of poetry, prose, music and art on Wednesday last, November 9, as Longford Writers Group and Longford County Library hosted an evening to showcase new local artists.
In fact, the evening served as a showcase for all kinds of talents, as County Library Mary Carleton Reynolds started the evening by admitting; “I can feel the creativity literally bouncing off the walls this evening”.
“When you look around in here at some of this beautiful artwork here on the walls it would actually lift your spirits at this time of the year and I think it’s fantastic to see that all of these artists are from Co Longford, and we’ve a lot to be very proud of in Longford,” Ms Carleton Reynolds added.
Officially opening the evening, Cathaoirleach of Longford Municipal District, Cllr Padraig Loughrey, said he was honoured to do so, and paid tribute to the talent in the county.
“We have a multitude of wonderful talent here in this county that’s showcased here tonight,” he said. “It’s important that we as a community foster and support this talent. Longford Writers Group is doing just that.”
Expressing his hope that the evening would blossom into an annual event, Cllr Loughrey then opened the floor to writers Dan Flynn, Sally Martin, Eileen Moynihan, Geraldine Ryan, Martina Cooney, Rose Moran, Hilda Kennedy, Rose Byrne, Ann Gerety Smyth and event organiser and MC Maggi McKenna.
Each of the writers took it in turns to read from their works, with Longford singer-songwriter Sean Rooney providing the perfect soundtrack to the evening.
Finally, the time came for the audience to view the wonderful pieces of art created by Gerard Keaveney, June Belton, Dan Flynn, Gene Rhatigan, Christine Treacy and Frank McGarry, which were on display throughout the evening.