The Longford Leader’s Longest Day

It’s the 21st of June, the longest day of the year, so what did the Leader do to mark this momentous day?

A bit of mid-summer madness took hold of the Longford Leader newsteam today. To mark the longest day of the year, and to prove that they do actually work on Friday (and not just Monday and Tuesday as some people claim), they filmed the Friday morning newsroom meeting at which they discuss some of the items on the weekend itinerary.

The video opens with a picture postcard scene from Clondra where editor Sheila Reilly gets to emulate her all-time heroine Kathleen Watkins appearing into view strolling along the canal.

Our intrepid editor assures us that she starts the day with a walk along the Royal Canal in her high heels.

Cut to the Leader office, and the fast pace of the newsroom was clearly evident at the meeting as Declan Shanley didn’t even have time to put on his shoes when filming began... Meanwhile the new News Editor Alan Walsh tried to kick the team into shape by weidling his now-famous flip-chart. The mere sight of that flip-chart sends reporters into a mad panic in search for stories ... and Aisling Kiernan swears that she was really typing into that story!

So all in all, a typical day at the Leader office.

The video is part of the Longest Local Day, an intiative from Johnston Press to celebrate the longest day of the year and to showcase the work of local newspapers.

The newsteam have a busy weekend ahead, the highlight of which is the visit to Abbeyshrule, Irelands’ Tidiest Village, of President of Ireland Michael D Higgins. Keep up with all the latest local events online on, including lots more video. You have been warned!