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Darkness into Light (Longford) for Pieta House

Darkness into Light is the annual fundraiser for Pieta House who provide free, therapeutic services to people who are in suicidal distress or self harm. Fundraising events are happening in Longford for the first time this year, with a 5km walk on Saturday May 10th.   The midlands launch is on tonight (Tues April 15th) at the Greville Arms Hotel …

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Council face setback in attempts to purchase Granard Motte

Attempts by Longford County Council to purchase the site of Granard’s old Motte have suffered a setback. The body now say they will fund 50% towards buying the site and the Office of Public Works will cover an additional quarter. A meeting of Granard Town Council have now said that the Department of Heritage has called on the Local Authority …

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Longford Cricket Club – Results from pre-season friendlies

Established in October 2010, Longford Cricket Club re-established organised cricket in our county after a gap of almost fifty years. It’s pre-season time of the year, and below we list updates from recent games, and at the end, you will see further information about Longford Cricket Club. First team  1st team played a 20/20 challenge match against Connacht league outfit …

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Hopes of establishment of Joint Policing Committee

A recent meeting of the Joint Policing Committee in Granard has led to hopes by Granard Gardaí for the establishment of a new sub-committee. The body was established in April 2009 to review the levels and patterns of crime in the area and the factors underlying it. Since its inception five years ago, the number of incidents of burglaries, assaults, …

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“There are no devils left in Hell, they are all in Rwanda”

This month is the 20th anniversary of the start of the genocide in Rwanda. Figures differ on the final death toll, however between 800,000- 1.2 million Rwandan nationals were brutally and savagely killed. The International community largely stood by, with President Clinton later stating that it was one of his biggest regrets that he did not do more to stop …

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Enrolment opens for FETAC Motor Technology Course

The Motor Technology Course in St Mel’s Centre is now enrolling  for next September.Participants will be studying for a FETAC Level Five Award in Motor Technology. The course is suitable for those looking to Get a place on a course in one of the Institute’s of Technology’s Nationwide Those hoping to get an apprenticeship Those looking to work in the …

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Woman escapes prison after Post Office Fraud

A Longford woman has been charged with fifteen counts of fraud on a number of dates between March and July 2011. Fifty two year Kathleen O’Leary, with an address at 15 Casey Court, Kenagh pleaded guilty when charged to defrauding the state of over three thousand six hundred euro and subsequently escaped a potential prison sentence. The incidents involved weekly …

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Local Election Timeline

[divider ]Local Government Elections 2014[/divider] Each candidate must win selection in one of the three Local Electoral Areas (LEA’s) which are: Longford Town,  Ballymahon and Granard. [fergcorp_cdt] [divider ] News Timeline[/divider] Want to submit a story to us ? Just use our Contribute Form. April 9th – Longford Town LEA Cllr. Padraig Loughrey has said that urgent action needs to be taken …

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Little Pickers in Edgeworthstown

There was a real sense of Glitz and Glamour at “The Litter Pickers” CD Media launch on Friday Night last in Edgeworthstown as the stars arrived to Lynn’s Bar (Sportsman Inn) . The scene is now set for Easter Sunday Night in the Park House Hotel where the CD will be launched. Photos Watch photo slider or move them manually …

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Concrete Floor poured at St Mel’s Cathedral

Continued, significant progress continues to be made at St Mel’s Cathedral. Early this morning, a large and sophisticated concrete pouring set up arrived and workers started the delicate and specialist job of making the final concrete pour for the main floor of the restored Cathedral. The photos also show the underground heating system that has being installed and surely this …

Peggy Nolan Interview – Local Election Series

Peggy Nolan has being an elected member to Local Government in Longford for the past 15 years, and it came as no surprise that she had plenty to say when she sat down with Johnny Fallon recently to discuss her campaign for re-election in May.  The topic of Local Health Services, or lack of , played a major part in …

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Amazing plasterwork revealed at St Mel’s Cathedral

It’s images like these that prove beyond doubt that the amazing transformation of St Mel’s Cathedral is well on it’s way to completion at the end of this year. Tiernan Dolan was on hand today to capture what he describes as the “WOW Moment” when entering the cathedral and looking up. These images are of new plasterwork high above the …

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€4.5 million in additional funds for local and regional roads

James Bannon TD (FG)  has welcomed the news that €4.5 million in funding is being provided to local authorities for regional and local road works under the Community Involvement Scheme (CIS). “I am delighted that Longford/Westmeath roads are to receive funding from the Community Involvement Scheme (CIS) again this year. Minister Varadkar confirmed in the Dáil that he is allocating …

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Carrigglas Manor to benefit from Government Funding

Longford’s prestigious Carrigglas Manor is just one of twenty six projects set to benefit from the government’s recent allocation of over €227,000 in funding for heritage projects in the midlands. Also in receipt of financial aid is Strokestown Park House in County Roscommon and an array of projects across Counties Longford, Leitrim and Roscommon which will help them carry out …

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Cathedral Cross removed for repair

On this dreadfully wet day in Longford town, not many people were bothered looking towards the sky but if they did, they’d have noticed the team from Rainey subcontractors removing the Cross from the very highest point of the Cathedral for some repair work. Hopefully they’ll have better weather conditions for its replacement. Photos – Tiernan Dolan [flickr_set id=”72157643842658515″]

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Break in at office of Deputy James Bannon

Longford Gardaí are investigating a break in at the Richmond Street office of Deputy James Bannon, which is believed to have occurred at some stage between the hours of last Friday evening and Monday morning. The culprits are thought to have gained access by breaking a window and amongst the items stolen in the burglary is a computer. Anyone who …

Seamus Butler Interview – Local Election Series

Longford businessman Seamus Butler is running for re-election to Longford County Council in the Local Government Elections in May. Johnny Fallon spoke to him recently at the Backstage Theatre, as part of the Longford Local Interview Series . Seamus is Managing Director of Butler Manufacturing Services, an internationally trading Industrial Services company, and is currently Chairman of the St Mel’s …

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New Parking Restrictions in Granard

Granard residents are being encouraged to speak up on new parking bye-laws which will ultimately deal with ongoing parking issues on the town’s Church and Moxham Street. Under the proposed laws parking will not be permitted on the south side of Church Street to the junction with Main Street. The bye law will also state no parking on the west …