25 Jun 2022

POLL: Who should go to the Grand final of Snapshots from week one?

POLL: Who should go to the Grand final of Snapshots from week one?

This entry from Catherine Donlon was taken when hay-making was a community affair before the large one-person machines became the norm in rural Ireland. This photo shows Mrs. Michael Hegarty, Johnny Egan, with Katie, Ned and Joe Donlon, among other neighbours in the Drumloher-Cloncaulfied area of Moydow.

This entry from David McVeigh shows Paddy Ganly, David McVeigh, Enda McKeon and Gerard McVeigh, a group of Longfordians who made the trip to Euro 2012 in Poland. 

The trip holds fond memories for David, who almost missed out due to injury after he fell from a roof.

Ray Fagan, pictured on the right with Vincent Mulvey to his left and Glenn Lee behind them as part of the Granard Harp festival in August 1986. Entry by Ray Fagan.

This entry from Tiernan Dolan shows 4th Motor Squadron, a fully kitted Panhard AML 90, rumbling through the streets of Longford in the early 90's.

This entry comes from Kathleen Murphy and showcases a lady in  Aughnacliffe back in the 1940's

Easter 1983: House fire at Leonard’s property in Arva. By the time the fire brigade came from Killeshandra, the flames had already engulfed the building. Luckily the Leonard family had escaped and nobody was injured. This picture was sent into us by Josephine Leonard. 

A picture of the 1980 Longford senior mens GAA team sent in by Melissa O'Donoghue

The late Peter Curran, who bought the Inny Bar in Ballymahon back in the 1960's. Peter is pictured at the bar with Pinor Cox. This entry was sent in by Mary Curran.

Help us choose who gets through to the Grand final of Snapshots, our old photography competition which has some great prizes up for grabs. 

This week saw the Longford Leader officially kick off our Snapshots competition, where we get you to send in some of your golden oldie photos! 

Don't worry you can still enter and we will be taking entries for next week's paper up until Monday afternoon, February 03. But before you go rustling through boxes of old photos, take part in our poll to help us choose who gets through to the grand final of the competition!

But what is SnapShots?

We have all become used to scrolling through the galleries of photos on our smartphones but what about those much-loved print photographs stashed away in the attic, in a box under the bed or in that “miscellaneous” drawer in the kitchen? Are they destined to be forgotten forever in the digital age? Well, it’s time to dig them out and show them some love.

We want readers to take a photo of those much-loved print photos and send them to us. Whether it was taken a few years ago on an instant camera or a few decades ago, we want the photo that stands out for you. It can be from a social event, a landscape shot, a funny pic or even a holiday snap - we want them all. Yes, even those dodgy “look at the state of my hair” debs photos!

SNAPSHOTS competition: We are looking for your treasured photos

Send us your photos

We want you to dust off the golden oldies, take a picture of your old picture and email it to us at Include the names of anybody pictured and a few paragraphs on the story behind the picture and why it holds fond memories for you. 

We will feature your pictures in both our print and online editions. In addition to running your images on and our social media pages we will also carry two pages of your images every week in the Longford Leader. 

As you can see from above, we will run a poll every week on and our weekly online readers can vote for their favourite image of the week.

Two winners will go forward every week, leaving six of our readers images going forward to the grand finale with a chance to win our amazing prize package.

The overall winner as voted by the public will win the fantastic prize!

Reminder: Email all entries - with a few paragraphs on the story behind said photo and why it holds fond memories for you- to Hurry up, you don't want to miss out on these prizes!

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