New gateway to Longford's diaspora across the world launched

Aisling Kiernan

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Aisling Kiernan

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Longford Diaspora website launch

llr Paul Ross, Cllr John Browne, Cllr Seamus Butler, Cllr Joe Flaherty, Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council Cllr Martin Mulleady, Cllr Micheál Carrigy, Cllr Pat O'Toole, Cllr Gerry Warnock and C

A new website that creates a gateway to Longford’s diaspora across the world was launched at Longford Co Council HQ last Wednesday by Cathaoirleach Martin Mulleady.

www.longford.ie is being hailed as a portal site, through which Longford people around the world can find information about all aspects of the county and its people.


On the day, the event was attended by elected members and key stakeholders involved in the preparation of a Diaspora Strategy for Co Longford.


“The site features links to a diverse array of information about our county,” Louise Kiernan, Senior Executive Planner, Longford Co Council said, before pointing to the many articles published that detail the county’s idyllic towns and villages.


“Longford’s famous sons and daughters are also noted, as are her distinguished emigrants and there is lots of helpful information on genealogy and tracing one’s Longford ancestry; alongside that are details of the county’s graveyards.”


One of the key components of the site has been the county’s international network among the Longford Associations throughout the world.
Information about these associations is provided on the site as well as links to their websites.


This, say the organisers provides an open invitation to the county’s global diaspora to send back stories of their experiences living and working away from here.
“A specifically commissioned diaspora video is also available to view online and features a tapestry of iconic images from Co Longford; so whether you are to home or overseas, this is sure to pull at the heartstrings,” Ms Kiernan continued.


“There is also a questionnaire online which aims to acquire information in relation to our diaspora and will be used to further develop our connections with that; the website is also operated in partnership with www.visitlongford.ie and provides links to information on all aspects of this directory, including art & culture, food and drink, entertainment, heritage, what to see & do, myth & legend, and much more.”


Meanwhile, www.longford.ie will also feature regular posts of interest and events will be placed on the Co Longford Facebook page, along with the diaspora video and questionnaire. For more details contact diaspora@longfordcoco.ie

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