29 Jan 2022

What’s on this weekend?

Charolais Society Rep by Martin OConnor. Also pictured are John O'Beirne (Strokestown Show Chairman) and Padraig Holmes (Show Vice-Chairman).
The weekend is upon us again, and once more, Longford and the surrounding areas have plenty to offer in the way of entertainment.

The weekend is upon us again, and once more, Longford and the surrounding areas have plenty to offer in the way of entertainment.

Friday, September 6:

“Leaving the Box Behind”, an exhibition by renowned artist Carol Wood will open at the Solas Art Gallery, Ballinamore, Co Leitrim at 7.30pm. The exhibition will be opened by local artist Sandra Vernon, and will continue right up to September 28.

Friday, September 6:

Prior to the establishment of Cooney’s Hotel, Ballymahon, the family were involved in Cooney’s Londis Supermarket for over 20 years. A reunion for all the former staff who worked at Cooney’s Londis, along with their spouses and any customers who wish to attend will take place at 9pm in Cooney’s Hotel. There will be music, entertainment and refreshments on the night.

Friday, September 6:

A benefit dance in aid of the Danika McManus Medical Expenses Fund will take place in Newtowngore Hall. Danika is currently in hospital in Australia for almost 2 months suffering from Guillain Barre Syndrome and will require treatment for approximately 1 year.

Friday, September 6:

Carrickedmond GAA club are holding a fundraising draw which will take place in the Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule. There are numerous prizes on offer including two tickets for either the All Ireland Hurling final or the All Ireland football final, six months club lotto subscription, Longford GAA hoodie, O’Neill’s football and 2 tickets for the club dinner dance. The draw will take place at 10pm. Tickets cost €5 each and can be bought from any player or committee member.

Friday, September 6:

A drinks reception to celebrate the launch of the RDS Student Art Awards travelling exhibition will take place in the Luan Gallery, Athlone at 6pm. Chairman of the RDS Committee of Arts, David Horkan, will open the show.

Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7:

Earl Street pub Coy’s will celebrate their relaunch with two nights of high quality entertainment, including a performance by local favourites Paschal, Liz and Davy, and a farewell gig by Audiopilot.

Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8:

The 2013 Anthony Trollope International Summer School takes place in Drumsna and Carrick on Shannon. The theme of this year’s festival is “An Eye for an Eye” and all sessions will be chaired by Michael G Williamson JP DL, Chairman of the UK Trollope Society. Registration for the festival is now open via the website on

Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8:

Longford will commemorate the 1798 rebellion over the weekend, with a number of events planned for Granard, Ballinalee and Ardagh. Events include tours, talks, live entertainment, a mass of remembrance and the unveiling of new information boards on the battle at the ‘98 Memorial Hall, Ballinamuck. This is to be the first county-wide commemoration of that key episode in Irish and local history.

Saturday, September 7:

A duck race takes place in Ballyleague, with proceeds going towards the development of a new river bank in the area that will provide a new promenade, safety fencing and secure seating. Ducks can be purchased from any shop or pub in the area up until Friday night. The first duck across the finishing line will win its owner €500, and there are prizes of €250 and €100 up for grabs for the runners up.

Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8:

The Strokestown Show will return for its 147th year, with numerous competitions taking place including the All-Ireland Angus Finals. There will also be a dog show, novelty and comedy shows, a family fun day and much, much more. The show will take place on the grounds of Strokestown Park House.

Have you got an event coming up? Let us know about it! Call us on 043 33 45241 or send an email to Alternatively, you can find us on Facebook at or Twitter @Longford_Leader.

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