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Longford County Council is delighted to lead in the development of the county’s first five-year Culture & Creativity Plan. Our overall ambition is to put culture and creativity front-and-centre in the lives of our community and to highlight the vitality of County Longford as a great place to live, work and do business in.

Culture is at the heart of Longford’s identity and quality of life, it is what makes the county an attractive destination for visitors and, in particular our diaspora who regularly return to connect with their roots. In many ways, Longford - as outlined in our Corporate Plan - is “The Place To Be”, with the perfect combination of an unspoiled pastoral landscape, partnered with a great community spirit and thriving cultural scene, in which creativity can grow and thrive.

Longford’s first Literary Ambassador, award-winning author John Connell has described the county as “the place from which I draw the wellspring of my creativity. My books, my writings, my thoughts are of this place. I have known it all my life and it is the thing which enriches me”.

The story so far…..
Over the past two and a half years, the Creative Ireland Culture team have put a strong focus on increasing the level of access and engagement with culture and creativity for children and young people. We have worked in collaboration with primary and secondary schools, libraries and organisations such as Comhairle na nÓg and Longford Youth services.

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Granard Harp Festival

Granard is the home of the oldest harp festival in Ireland, founded in 1781.

Culture and Creativity Team

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Cllr. Paraic Brady

Granard Municipal District

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Cllr. Pat O’Toole

Ballymahon Municipal District

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Cllr. Martin Monaghan

Longford Municipal District

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Barbara Heslin

Director of Services

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Mary Carleton Reynolds

Longford County Coordinator

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Dónall Mac An Bheatha

Senior Planner

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Michael Nevin

Head of Local Enterprise Office

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Martin Morris

County Archivist

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Máiréad Ní Chonghaile

Heritage Officer

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Frank Horne

Community Development Officer

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Mona Considine

Manager, Backstage Theatre

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Shane Crossan

Longford-Westmeath ETB Schools Completion Officer

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Eamonn Brennan

Heritage Education and Oifigeach Cultúrtha, Longford GAA

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Our Strategy

Culture is at the heart of Longford’s identity and quality of life, and is central to making it a vibrant county to live, work and do business in. The County Longford Culture & Creativity Plan is a five-year strategy which aims to place culture and creativity front and centre of our lives. The societal benefits from expenditure on culture and creativity and the role that culture plays in building committed, cohesive and sustainable communities.

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