Longford (town)

Longford Town is the county town of County Longford.


Built on the banks of the River Camlin (derived from the Gaelic "Cam linn" - the crooked pool) which is a tributary of the River Shannon, the town was originally founded by Viking raiders as Long Phoirt, from the Irish long meaning ship and phoirt meaning port or dock. The Celtic inhabitants of Ireland did not build towns but the area came under the sway of the local clan which controlled the south and central part of the county of Longford (formerly the Kingdom of Anghaile or Annally) and hence, the town is referred to occasionally as Longphort Uí Fhearghail (Fort of O'Farrell), a Dominican priory founded there in 1400.

Get in

By Road

Longford lies on four main roads:

N55 (Athlone - Cavan)

N4 (which branches off from the M4 motorway from Dublin)

N5 (Castlebar - Longford Town)

N63 (Galway City - Longford Town)

By rail

Longford Town is on the Dublin Connolly - Maynooth - Longford - Sligo line

By Bus

Bus Eireann provides many services to County Longord No.23 Dublin-Mullingar-Longford-Sligo No.65 Galway-Longford-Sligo-Belfast No.73 Waterford-Athlone-Longford No.75 Ballina-Longford-Athlone No.76 Athlone-Longford-Sligo No.77 Athlone-Longford

By air

Longford's main air transport centre is located south-east of the town, at Abbeyshrule, the local airport. Abbeyshrule Aerodrome receives a regular influx of small general aviation aircraft, including the Cessna 182 and 150. The airport also boasts two flight training centres; one for general aviation fixed wing aircraft training (Aeroclub 2000) and one for microlight aircraft flight training (Ultraflight). The airport is also the home of the Extra 200 aerobatic aircraft EI-SAM of acclaimed Irish international competition aerobatics pilot David Bruton.

Get around

Car, Walk or Cycle.


St Mel's Cathedral interior


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