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Longford during the “Emergency”

Im of Longford extraction and am a Longford man to be when my cottage in Ballinamuck is restored and I move up …

Gurteen Lake in Ballinalee

Gurteen Lake and the Curse of the McCarthys

Verse from another legend from Longford recorded by the Irish Folklore Commission From Clonbroney the priest was travelling Was making his weary …

Abduction at Legan Bridge

Bride abduction is thankfully very rare in Western Europe now, apart from Albania and Montenegro, and most commonly heard of from Kyrgistan …

On The Border Run

The line that Craig the clever chap Carving Ulster in three, drew on a map The maximum area the minority could hold …

War with the Whin

“Whin” is the word for furze in Hiberno English and Ulster Scots in the northern half of Ireland (North Leinster and Connacht, …

All Is Fair in the War of an Election

Background – James Bannon of Fine Gael in Longford got questioned today by Garda (police) about removing voting leaflets belonging to Sinn …

Rattling Buckets Cant Be Seen

A boy, an errand, and a bucket of beer … A drain, a death, and now a ghost does appear … A …

Good Boys and other Blaggards

Bucks and nyeucks read books in nooks Of history, language and culture told Lewd jokes, vetted new comrades in diviment For adventures …

Saintjohnstown – So Beautiful A Name

My mother grew up outside the Longford village of Ballinalee. She always said she preferred the English name on it, St. Johnstown… …

Wake at Ballinalee

My mother told of attending a wake when a child in her native village Ballinalee, where the pipes that were smoked cermonially …

Torn Down, Rebuilt, As All Must Be

Longford’s St. Mel’s Cathedral burned down one Christmas morning. The rebuild, the challenge to attempt it, has many correlations to real life, …

Out Dogs and More Along With You

In our home in Aughagreagh we used to have our share of the local sessions, where neighbours met up to party, tonight …

Fairy Fort at Lough Gowna

Did they look as I walked Where tradition states one never should, Inside the round ditches of the fort, Perched above Loch …

From Corn Hill His Spirit Watches

The latest of the restored poems to the website, from a couple of years back Upon that hilltop he does sleep His …

Engaging with Art in Longford Providers

Art and Longford are not two words often seen together, but as with empty venues across the country, the old Providers Hardware …

Shed, Undrawn, Ballinamuck

I seek to draw a picture here A shed, roof caving in, Its gable end seen through the door By the artist …

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