Longford is known for it many rivers, lough's and canals. Lough Ree, situated on the Shannon-the last remaining undrained major river in Europe, is the third largest lake in Ireland. It boasts unspoilt shore lines and offers diverse terrestrial, semi-aquatic and aquatic habitats. It's ecological importance is recognised through its designation as a Natural Heritage Area, a Special Protection Area and a proposed candidate Special Area of Conservation. Longford's other towns and villages include Abbeyshrule, Ardagh, Ballinamuck, Ballymahon, Clondra, Drumlish, Lanesborough and Newtowncashel.
Ardagh Clock Tower, Co Longford is the focal point of the village green is the clock tower. Built during 1862-3, it commemorates Sir George Ralph Fetherston. Abbeyshrule Cistercian Abbey, located in the picturesque valley of the River Inny, it was founded here in 1150. The ruins of Inch Mór on Lough Gowna is a reminder of one of the oldest centres of Christian worship in the North Longford. The Aughnacliffe and Cleenrath Dolmens left over from glacial times. Ardagh Heritage Centre which outlines the history of this exquisite village.
Granard Harp Festival held in County Longford in May is a celebration of the music of the Harp with competitors coming from all over Europe. The Helium Festival in Ballymahon, County Longford takes place in June in aid of FASI Society, this music festival offers some great music, with bands on 3 stages throughout the festival. The Marquee in Drumlish held in August displays all the local talent in the area of Drumlish, County Longford with the big attraction being country singer Declan Nerney and also an old time fair atmosphere for the family.Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival held in Longford town in September celebrates Irish traditional music along with American bluegrass and folk music.
For those looking for golf in Longford it can be enjoyed at County Longford Golf Club. For the walkers in Longford there are the walks in Ballinamuck, Derrycassin, and Newcastle Woods. Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre exhibits an ancient bog road found close to the River Shannon, this oak road is the largest road discovery of its king in Europe. If you fancy a night out in Longford head to the Backstage Theatre for some quality entertainment.
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