A book which chronicles the extensive history of Longford Town Council was launched on Tuesday, June 3 by outgoing Town Mayor, Paul Connell, as his last act before the dissolution of the Council.
The event brings an end to a long history of municipal Government in Longford Town which is documented in detail in the book aptly titled ‘A history of Longford Town Council’.
Speaking to the Leader, Mr Connell said “It was a great night. The book covers the history of the town council from start to finish.”
“The history of Longford Town Council goes back further than the County Council. It goes back nearly 300 years.”
The story of municipal government in Longford goes as far back as 1668 when King Charles II established the Longford Borough Corporation. This was the local authority until its abolishment in 1840.
A board of commissioners was formed in 1846 which was taken over by Longford Town Commissioners in 1855 and then the Longford Urban District Council in 1900.
The UDC remained in place until 2002 when the most recent Longford Town Council took over.
The book was launched in the Council offices and was attended on the night by both former and present Councillers and staff of Longford Town Council. The event marked the final meeting and formal dissolving of the Council on May 31.
The book will be available for purchase from all local book outlets at a cost of €10.