Longford is a county in Ireland.
Rosie McQuillan was born and raised on Colmcille Terrace in Granard, Co Longford. She repeatedly calls it “Beirut” because of the devastation it has seen. Her childhood home is surrounded by empty houses that are slowly decaying into disrepair and dereliction. Many have been vacant for 15 years or more. “It’s like we are in the estate God forgot,” she says.
It has been three hours, but maybe four – I’m no longer sure. I’m low to the ground at the level of the worms and insects. There is an unknowable world here, a secret world of cotton and clags of birds and rush. I’m in Clonfin bog, footing turf. It’s the week of my birthday.
It’s the talk of the town. E ngraved tablets in faux travertine marble with Latin, Gaelic and Greek insults — old sayings, jokes and curses — adorning an eccentric new thoroughfare in the middle of a normally sleepy Irish town.
Sir — I have so far seen no mention anywhere of any events arranged for Galway to commemorate the centenary of the June 28, 1922 burning of the Ballyconree Boys Protestant Orphanage in Sky Road, Clifden, by the Clifden Battalion of the West Connemara Brigade of the anti-Treaty IRA.
A tranche of retail park investment units in Co Longford is being offered for sale with a €6.75m guide price. Selling agents TWM say this price reflects an attractive net initial yield of 8.45pc off the rent of €627,036 per annum.
Army veteran Michael Tighe, who has died at the age of 83 , was one of the last of the Irish soldiers involved in the September 1961 Siege at Jadotville in the Congo, which was the subject of a widely praised Netflix film in 2016 starring Jamie Dornan as company commander, the late Pat Quinlan.
A father and daughter from Longford were arriving home this weekend after travelling across Europe to deliver a massive truckload of humanitarian aid to Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion.
A judge has branded “shameful” the actions of the parents of a teenage girl after she made a false statement confessing to a knife attack by her brother on another sister’s boyfriend.
A father of two who was found with 22 empty beer cans in a car and almost five times over the legal limit after crashing into a wall in the midst of a high speed garda chase has been remanded in custody.
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