|St. Mel's||CASA||Irish Wheelchair|
|Pitch & Putt|
Longford town is situated in the heart of Ireland, on the south bank of the river camlin and on the main Dublin to Sligo road. It is a progressive town and the County administrative centre. It is also a convienent cross-roads for the Belfast, Mayo, Galway and Limerick routes and is ideally placed as a tourist centre for the Lakeland District of Ireland's Midlands and the beautiful Shannon River. There is much to attract the tourist to Longford. A Cathedral town, it is the seat of the Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise. Saint Mel's Cathedral and Saint John's Church, both dating from the 19th Century, stand at the East and West entrences to the town. The visitor is well catered for in Longford with activities to suit all tastes.
The town is spaciously laid out with wide streets and pleasant buildings, and recent impressive urban development. It is a good shopping centre. The dome of the 19th Century St. Mels Cathedral, a renaissance style building of grey limestone with a lofty steeple, may be seen from quite a long way outside the town. There is an ecclesiastical museum, situated at the rear of this Cathedral. The courthouse is the oldest building in the town and was erected in 1792. There are comprehensive restoration plans
The town received its name from the acient castle of the O' Farrells, Princes of Annally, who also in 1400, founded a Dominican priory here. No trace of either building has survived, but there are fragmentary remains of the castle erected in 1627 by the first Earl of Longford, close to the gate of the present military baracks. During the Confederate wars of 1641 this castle was captured by the English and later withstood a seige of several weeks by Owen Roe O'Neill.
Amenities and Facilities
The town provides a wide range of amenities and facilities . These include an 18 hole Golf Course, Pitch & Putt Tennis Courts, Rugby, Soccer and Gaelic pitches, an indoor heated Swimming Pool. The Back Stage Theatre Group, entertainment in local hostelries , good quality hotel called the Longford Arms and Irish home accommodation, a Library with an excelent collection of work by and about local authors
Longford also has a Community Park and sports complex,The Mall Longford.
A county Museum.
Greyhound racing Monday and Friday nights.
There also is a very active diabetes support group
Two other active support groups are CASA and Irish Wheelchair Association who's goals are to develop friendships between helpers and disabled people through a variety of social activities and to help disabled people to live as full a life as possible.
The town also has a Rail and Bus link to other major towns.
Longford is to the forefront in looking after the Travelling community. It has one of the highest ratios of Travellers housed, a new halting site - Willow Park - and a training centre for young Travellers, St Mel's Training Centre.
Another organisation involved in the care of a needy group is Longford M.H.A. a group which is involved with people who suffer with mental health problems, their carers and their families.