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Longford is located in the midlands of Ireland. The county is the smallest one in Ireland. It is and inland county and is bordered by many counties. These include Roscommon, Leitrim, Cavan, and Westmeath. The county has some amazing scenery and most of the county can be seen from hills. The south of the county is where the lowlands are and are mainly worked on by the farmers of Longford. The landscape of Longford is beautiful and when looking from one of the high spots you can clearly get the true feeling for it. Longford has many attractions and history represented to it. Longford has many things to do including walking in the woods, or along the River Shannon that flows in the west of the county. A visit to the local town and villages is well worth it if you have the time and enjoy the local culture of Ireland.

History
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 town 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 Annaly) and hence, the town is referred to occasionally as Longphort Uí Fhearghail (Fort of O'Farrell), a Dominican priory founded there in 1400. Longford is the Cathedral town for the Catholic diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois.

Attractions
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 town 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 Annaly) and hence, the town is referred to occasionally as Longphort Uí Fhearghail (Fort of O'Farrell), a Dominican priory founded there in 1400. Longford is the Cathedral town for the Catholic diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois. Tourism - The Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre is located near to Longford, in Kenagh. The Centre houses an Iron Age bog road which was built in the year 148 BC across the boglands in proximity to the River Shannon. The oak road is the largest of its kind to have been uncovered in Europe and was excavated over the years by Professor Barry Raftery of University College Dublin. Inside the building, an 18 metre stretch of preserved road is on permanent display in a specially designed hall with humidifiers to prevent the ancient wood from cracking in the heat. Bord na Mona and the Heritage Service have carried out conservation work on the surrounding bog to ensure that it remains wet and that the buried road is preserved. There are other historical artifacts and some exhibits at the centre.

St. Mel's Cathedral in the town features several stained glass windows by Harry Clarke. These include one of his earliest works The consecration of St. Mel as Bishop of Longford which was exhibited at the RDS Annual Art Industries Exhibition in 1910, where it received second prize. It was also exhibited at The Arts and Crafts Society of Ireland fourth exhibition in the same year.

There are a number of portal dolmens located around Longford.

 
 
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Longford County
Longford
Place: Leinister
People: 7,557
Speak: English, Irish
Area: 1,091 km2
GPS: -7.799778, 53.727033