'A caring and compassionate county': Aisling Kiernan reflects on her time with the Longford Leader

'A caring and compassionate county': Aisling Kiernan reflects on her time with the Longford Leader

Aisling takes her chances in the Clay Pigeon Shoot at Longford Show & Country Fair

What a wonderful year it is has been for this county and I have no doubt there is more to come.

As I write this article, its conclusion will see my departure from the Longford Leader after 11 years, and from a journalistic point of view what a rollercoaster of a ride it has been!

It’s hard to believe in fact that I’m 12 years working in the county having spent 12 months in the Longford News prior to taking up the position with the Leader.

What has struck me most about this county over that time is its people.

What a resilient and good natured bunch Longfordians are.

You have welcomed me into your communities, shared your joys and your heartbreak and put a trojan effort into making this county a better place for all of us to live in.

What a county we have, from the shores of Lough Gowna in Mullinalaghta to the River Shannon in Lanesboro, the historic town of Granard and the rolling hills of Colmcille.

Beautiful is what it is.

And, I say this with conviction; when I look out the window of my own home in Mullinalaghta across the lakes and down upon the fields that boast forty shades of green, there is a sense of peace and stillness that it all consuming.

We have it all - a beautiful and picturesque landscape, caring and loving communities and a deep sense of pride of place; long may that continue!

I want to take the opportunity to thank you all. Thank you for sharing and for caring.

Thank you too to the people of Mullinalaghta whose unending compassion and kindness to my sisters and I will stay with me forever.

Thank you to the Mullinalaghta St Columba’s football team, which, in clinching Leinster glory put our wonderful half parish and this great county of ours on the map.

Well done lads.......

May the road rise to meet you all!

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