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Press Releases

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Application for the Position of Technical Digital Advisor to Longford County Council Arts Service (3 years)

Longford County Council Arts Office wishes to invite submissions from suitably qualified candidates for the position of Technical Digital Advisor to the County Arts Office. The successful candidate will be selected following a competitive tendering process

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Application for the Position of Researcher & Textual Compositor to Longford County Council Arts Service (3 years)

Longford County Council Arts Office wishes to invite submissions from suitably qualified candidates for the position of Researcher and Textual Compositor. The successful candidate will be selected following a competitive tendering process.

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Friday August 2nd at 1.00pm

Call out to Longford artists for expressions of interest to attend Places Matter Conference

Call out to Longford artists for expressions of interest to attend Places Matter Conference running from 27th-28th March in Galway. Laois Arts Office is offering two Laois artists a stipend of €100 to support their travel costs to attend.

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Arts Office National Excellence Awards

Longford County Council Arts Office Recipient Of Two National Excellence Awards Within Eight Months

“National excellence awards are like late night busses – you wait twenty two years and then two awards come together within eight months” –according to County Arts Officer Fergus Kennedy.

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Longford County Council wins Prestigious National Award for Support of the Arts

The 14th annual Excellence in Local Government Awards ceremony was held in association with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and showcases and celebrates the best of Local Government in Ireland.

Longford County Arts Office was successful in the highly competitive category of Supporting the Arts.

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Culture night 2017

Culture Night 2017

It can hardly be called Culture Night as Longford kicks off celebrations at 10.30am on Friday, September 22, so anxious are Longford people to begin celebrations and the fun and creativity will continue through the day with markets, lunchtime gigs, art exhibitions, a free concert, a late night gig and more.
Most of all events are free.

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From Beatrix .......to Harry.

For a considerable number of years Longford County Council’s Arts has developed projects the purpose of which have been to encourage creative writing skills and an appreciation of literature among Longford’s primary and secondary school students.

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Longford Music Education due for Radical Development

Longford Music Education due for Radical Development.

Music Generation the organisation charged with non- schools music education in Ireland is offering two million Euro for the expansion of the Music Education Partnership Scheme first launched five years ago.

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Spring Equinox Art Exhibition

‘Vitamin D for the Winter Battered Soul’

These dark dreary nights are soon to be brightened considerably by the opening of an exhibition of beautiful, vivid, luminescent art by two Longford artists Angela Tuite and Mary Grey in the Atrium Gallery Backstage Theatre on Wednesday evening March 15th at 8.00pm.

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Majour Longford Children’s Literary Event.

It is that time of the year again - the hard working committee in Edgeworthstown are inviting submission to the 2017 Children’s Poetry competition on a theme of: Maria Edgeworth in the Garden. 

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Celebrating the People of Longford

There will be many familiar faces around the Backstage Theatre on Thursday, February 8th.
They won’t be attending a show, however. Rather, they will be adorning the walls, as locally-based artist Phil Atkinson presents his first major solo exhibition, inspired by the people of Longford

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John Connell for Majour Literary Awards

The talented Killoe writer John Connell has been shortlisted for the prestigious Bord Gais Irish Book Awards - Short Story of the Year Section

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Mardi Gras Comes to Longford.

Street Theatre or ‘Spectacle’ as it’s called in the business is one of the most exciting, colourful and exuberant forms of public creative expression and it is about time that Longford had some.

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 McMonagle offers local writers a ‘Guide to the Short Story’

For the second year running, Longford County Arts Office have offered budding writers a unique opportunity to expand their skills.
Facilitated by renowned writer Alan McMonagle, the course intends to give ‘A Guide to the Short Story’.
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Longford County Council Unveils New Public Art Piece

The latest public art commission to be completed by Longford County Council is entitled Dushlan na Sine or Challenge of the Elements. The suite of ceramic pyramid shapes was commissioned to mark the opening of the new Cllr. Paddy Belton memorial Fire Station in Lanesborough.
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 Longford Writers and Artists Combine Once Again to Create an Explosion of Creativity

Following the success of last year’s creative writing/visual arts collaborative project – Respond– Longford Arts Office is repeating the experience by arranging a creative writing/digital arts collaborative project entitled - Respond 2
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BYT rise to the challenge

Well known for their hilarious annual pantomimes, Longford’s Backstage Youth Theatre (BYT) took on a new challenge earlier this autumn, in conjunction with the Backstage Theatre.
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Angelika Sowul 

‘Art has always been a part of me’

‘Never look down on anybody unless you are helping them up‘
The words of Jesse Jackson, and also the ones which Angelika Sowul uses to describe her exhibition at the Backstage Theatre.
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Short Story Guide 

A Guide to the Short Story.

Deploying a mix of theory, exercise and class discussion, this ten week 'guide to the short story' will steer participants through the elements of an effective piece of fiction. Week by week we will analyse in detail a vital component essential to the success of any short story.

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Can you hear what I see 

‘Can you hear what I see?’

That was the question posed by Longford artist Brendan Duffy and Athlone writer Jackie Gorman, as they presented their exhibition and publication.
Brendan and Jackie met for the first time in 2014, both participants in Longford Arts Office’s ‘Respond’ project, whereby ten writers penned a response to the work of ten local artists.
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Ardagh Fright 

Get into the Hallowe’en spirit at Creative Ardagh

Forget about Hogwarts, the real magic is at Ardagh School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this October.
Held during the October bank holiday weekend each year, the event is loosely based on the Harry Potter series.

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Developing Youth Arts in Longford

Youth arts in Longford look set to receive a massive boost in the coming years, with the Longford Arts Strategy 2015 – 2019 to place a larger emphasis on a younger demographic.

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A Guide to the Short Story Programme for Longford Writers

Mentoring is one of the most effective supports artists can receive as they struggle to develop their talents and their crafts.  In the tradition of the master craftsman and his apprentice the aspiring artist learns at first-hand how to develop and hone his or her talents directly from an established artist.

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 The Longford ‘Violin’ Receives International Exposure

Longford public art feature “The Violin” located on the N4 by-pass just outside Longford town has been selected as one of the iconic images of Ireland on Tourism Ireland’s North American Facebook page.
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 Together We Are Stronger

The Longford Schools Photography Programme is an initiative of Longford County Arts Services that has been in place of five years. The Programme is run in partnership with all the secondary schools in County Longford and is facilitated by local professional photographer Shelley Corcoran. View Press Release 




This week Longford County Arts Office launched, ‘Respond’ a fascinating creative project. According to County Arts Officer Fergus Kennedy; “artists and art lovers know that the visual arts and literature are both capable of creating an energy and atmosphere unique to the arts. However when you combine the two different forms of creative expression you can create a wonderful frisson of imaginative energy and excitement.”
Press Release: Respond Press Release 


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Emerging Artists Expo 2014

The purpose of the exhibition according is to provide a platform to demonstrate the talent and achievements to-date, of young Longford artists, to forge a relationship with them which ensures that the county maintains contact with and can benefit from their rowing talents and achievements in years to come.
Press Release: Emerging Artists Expo 2014 


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Longford Jazz Club - Stella Bass Quartet

Newly-formed Longford Jazz Club is delighted to announce its 2nd concert at the Canal Studio, Backstage Theatre Longford. The Stella Bass Quartet is one of the most exciting jazz groups in the country at the moment.
Press Release: Longford Jazz Club - Stella Bass Quartet 


Frances and Orla Kelleher 

Solus ‘s Saol

Solus ‘s Saol, an exhibition by mother and daughter, Frances and Órla Kelleher, will take place at the Backstage Theatre, Longford on Thursday, April 3 at 8pm.
Press Release: Solus ‘s Saol 


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Jazz Extravaganza at Backstage Theatre

The largest and most varied jazz concert ever organised in the Midlands and Border Region will be held in the Backstage Theatre Longford on Thursday 13th of March at 8.00pm
Press Release: Jazz Extravangaza 


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New Visual Longford Website

Press Release: Visual Longford website.


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New Creative Writing Mentoring Programme

New Creative Writing Mentoring Programme.



Longford Poet Publishes New Collection

Edward Denniston Press Release



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 Berlin Artist to show in Backstage Atrium

Berlin Artist to show in Backstage Atrium



Midland College of Photography.

Fascinating Photography Courses for Beginners 



Sierns, Greeks & Tangled Hierarchies.

Sirens, Greeks & Tangled Hierarchies


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Longford Traditional Musicians.

Hear My Tune 


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Harp Pilot Ptrogram in Longford Schools

Classical Harp Pilot Programme in Longford Schools



Commemorative Monument to General Sean MacEoin  - Inscription Suggestions 

Monument to General Sean MacEoin to be installed in Ballinalee 

December 2012

Opening the Window on 20 Years



Eurochild ’12 Launch 


Arts & Culture Magazine Winter 2012

Midlands Arts & Culture Magazine Winter Issue 2012




An Introduction to Digital Art Photography

Bang …Bang She Shot Me




Poetry invite 

Poetry Bingo


Centenary Square Art Piece 

Centenary Square Memorisl

Emigration Memorial Unveiled in Centenary Square


Centenary Square Art Piece 

Joint Arts Office Backstage Theatre Artist – in - Residence Scheme


Centenary Square Art Piece 

Irish Writers Centre Honours Longford Writers



Poet Says it Like She Feels