26 Jan 2022

#ShopLongford campaign continues as festive season gets underway

#ShopLongford campaign continues as festive season gets underway

Longford native and artist Declan Nerney; Head of Longford Local Enterprise Office Michael Nevin; and Mandy Adegboyega of Longford Local Enterprise Office

Longford County Council, Longford Local Enterprise Office and Longford Chamber of Commerce are urging people to continue to show their support for local businesses this Christmas.

It follows a fantastic weekend in Longford town and Granard, where footfall was high as festivities took place under the Longford Live & Local Winter 2021 banner, with a countywide schedule of culture and entertainment yet to come over the coming four weeks.

Photo Gallery: A nostalgic look back at Christmas in Longford and meeting Santa at the old Quinnsworth store

For more than half a century the old Quinnsworth store on Longford’s Main Street was a Christmas institution for many local families.

This week’s #ShopLongford message is emphasising the fact that small businesses create four times as many jobs as big online retailers, so it pays our own communities to shop local.

The message is also being promoted as part of the #ShopLongford social media campaign in special Christmas messages from our Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council Cllr Peggy Nolan, as well as Cathaoirleach of Longford Municipal District Cllr Uruemu Adejinmi, Cathaoirleach of Granard Municipal District Cllr Paraic Brady and Cathaoirleach of Ballymahon Municipal District Cllr Mick Cahill.

The #ShopLongford message is also going out loud and strong on Shannonside FM radio, thanks to the generous support of Longford artist Declan Nerney and his quintessential Christmas song “The Christmas Hooley”, which has been specially adapted for the shop local message and is being sung by none other, than the man himself.

It all comes as Longford Municipal District has confirmed that free off-street parking will be provided in Longford Town every weekend over the seasonal period and every day from Saturday, December 18 to Saturday, January 1, 2022 to encourage visitors to #ShopLongford.

The #ShopLongford campaign on social media is showcasing the vast array of local businesses operating in-store and online from County Longford. Whether you're looking for the best in local food produce or a tipple from a micro-brewery, something for the home or garden, fashion for the whole family, a yoga session or a pamper session #ShopLongford will point you in the right direction.

And if you are still looking for inspiration, there is a full list of businesses operating locally available to browse through on

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Over €2.5m in financial support has been allocated to eight Longford schools under the Summer Works Scheme, forming part of a near €6m investment in education, infrastructure and travel this week

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