Longford County

Longford Summer Festival:

This annual event is a highlight of the social calendar, featuring several days of live music, street entertainment, and market stalls in the middle of Longford Town. Stages showcase some of the country’s best bands and performers, creating a lively, fun atmosphere. It’s a celebration of summer that attracts visitors from across the country.

Marquee Festival in Drumlish:

Another significant event on the Longford festival scene, the Marquee in Drumlish sees some of the biggest names in Irish and international music perform for intimate-sized audiences. Since its inception, the event has grown progressively and has kept drawing larger crowds due to its brilliant line-up and festive atmosphere.

Longford Agricultural Show and Country Fair:

One of the oldest agricultural shows in Ireland, which takes place annually. The tradition includes gatherings of people who present the best of rural Longford’s produce and talent in various competitions from livestock and horses to home industries and arts and crafts at this country fair.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade:

Like many Irish counties, Longford carries on the tradition of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a local parade that includes organizations, schools, and businesses. The parade is very colorful and an expression of so much community spirit, with floats, bands, and dancers winding their way through the town, followed by festivities throughout the day.

Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival:

This festival was a significant cultural event in Longford, celebrating traditional Irish music and commemorating the legendary banjo player Johnny Keenan. Though no longer running, it used to draw people from all over the world for concerts, sessions, and workshops.

Longford Literary Month:

This annual event celebrates Longford’s rich literary heritage with readings, workshops, and discussions with both local and national writers. The festival highlights the county’s contribution to Ireland’s literary scene and encourages aspiring writers.

Cruthú Arts Festival:

Showcasing the creative talent from local communities, this festival includes visual arts, music, theatre, and dance, woven together into a program of events. Though they occur in various venues, all these events transform Longford Town into a vibrant canvas for local artists and performers.

Ardagh Fright Fest:

Bringing the haunted holiday to life in the historical village of Ardagh, the Fright Fest includes family favorites like a haunted house, a zombie chase around the village, and more activities inspired by the spookier elements of Irish folklore.

These events not only entertain but also celebrate the richly unique culture and community spirit of County Longford, making it an attractive destination for tourists. Whether you’re looking to soak up traditional Irish music, explore local arts, or simply enjoy a vibrant community festival, Longford offers something for everyone throughout the year.