Books from Longford Writers
Fireside Tales from around Longford town and county
'Fireside Tales' are hugely popular books by well known and much respected Longford historian Jude Flynn. Jude has recorded and documented local events of the past century along with Longford folklore and history for many years and released his first edition back in 2003.
The books are a fascinating collection of stories recorded from Longford people dealing with the social history of town and county and covers such subjects as; buying and selling in the past, stories of market and fair days, changes in farming patterns, traditional cures, old crafts, and old customs. 'Fireside Tales' are available to buy from Longford Tourist Office for €20 each or see www.longfordfiresidetales.com for more information.
Paddy Egan is a local historian, author and broadcaster who has written and edited many publications over the years including 'Rambles in Kilcommack' and his latest book, 'The Swinging Sixties'. Paddy’s books are crammed with local history and famous personalities and are always a popular addition to a Christmas gift list. In time those publications will be an important source of local historic research for those tracing their ancestors.
You can buy both of the above books (€5 for 'Rambles in Kilcommack' or €10 for 'The Swinging Sixties') in Longford Tourist Office or contact Paddy at 086 3718169 to purchase direct.
The resilience, generosity of spirit and positive outlook of people over 70 in Longford has been captured in ‘Longford Memories, Reflections in a Time of Pandemic’ by photographer and storyteller, Brian Farrell.
Commissioned by Longford County Council through the Creative Ireland programme, the project was seen as a great opportunity to reach out to the county’s older citizens, particularly those living alone, and capture their memories as they emerged from ‘cocooning.’ ‘Longford Memories, Reflections In A Time of Pandemic‘ contains 30 inspiring stories, many of which are from the farming community. The book is available to buy in Longford Tourist Office and also Longford Branch Library for €5.
'Longford Landscapes', a book of photographs of natural and urban landscapes from across the county was launched in Kenagh’s Corlea Trackway Interpretative Centre on 15th March 2022.
The first book of its kind, Longford Landscapes is filled with images taken from all over the county by local photographers. It showcases many well-known and well-loved locations, such as Corlea Bog Walk, Corn Hill, and St Mel’s Cathedral, as well as some of the county’s best kept secrets.
The book is available to purchase from the Longford Tourist Office, Longford Branch Library and also from Longford Arts Office. The price is €20 and all proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the charity GOAL to assist with the emergency situation in Ukraine.