Longford County Council appeals for local feedback on late night events

Longford County Council appeals for local feedback on late night events
Information gathering exercise to help inform development of night-time economy

Press Release
17 July 2023

Longford County Council is urging people to participate in an anonymous online questionnaire in relation to late night events in Longford Town.

Longford County Arts Service as part of Longford County Council, in association with Longford Community Safety Partnership (LCSP) is appealing for information on what the big issues are that influence people’s decisions to attend late night events in Longford Town. This project – entitled the ‘Late-Night Events (Pilot Programme) 2023’ is a partnership between the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media and the Arts Council.

 Longford County Arts Service has published a questionnaire as part of the pilot project, aiming to help businesses and cultural institutions extend and diversify the offering for late-night activity and provide opportunities for new and exciting work.

 The brief questionnaire takes less than two minutes to complete and can be accessed from the Arts page of Longfordcoco.ie by any member of the public with internet access or here at this direct link: https://bit.ly/LongfordTownLateNightEvents.

 Here in Longford, businesses such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, and music venues are interested in hearing from you, about how late-night events (after 10pm) can be improved and made more accessible. They are particularly interested in hearing suggestions in relation to culture and entertainment, value-for-money, transport, and public safety.

Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council Cllr Colm Murray praised the initiative. “Exercises  like this one are very welcome, they go towards helping to improve people’s experience of our county town and supporting the local businesses and organisations that form the heartbeat of our communities.”

Chief Executive of Longford County Council Paddy Mahon added, “Developing the night-time economy of our county is a key priority for Longford County Council.” 

County Longford Arts Officer Shane Crossan said, “Ultimately, it’s hoped the results of this study will encourage new audiences into existing cultural facilities. It will also seek to identify and address any challenges venues may associate with staying open late.”

People are encouraged to complete the exercise as soon as possible, the form will remain live until Friday, 1 September 2023.

For further information, check out Longfordcoco.ie or follow Longford County Council on social media.