Cistercian Abbey in Longford

An abbey and an alley in Abbeylara

We headed over for a spin to Abbeylara, on Friday evening, its a quaint little village, close to the Longford and Cavan border. Directions can be found here.  It is one of those Irish villages that could be used as the set of a movie from the 1930’s. The village is kept immaculate, the villagers obviously have a lot of pride in their village and an active … Continue reading An abbey and an alley in Abbeylara

Royal canal cows

And the auld triangle went jingle jangle

All along the banks of the Royal Canal. The Royal Canal was immortalised in Brendan Behan’s song The Auld Triangle. Last Summer we walked part of the Royal Canal Way in County Longford.  We started off near the village of Kilashee and walked to Clondra and back, it is a distance of about 12 kilometres in total.  I think we started from Aghanaskea bridge point 8 … Continue reading And the auld triangle went jingle jangle

Sean Mac Eoin statue by Rory Breslin

Blacksmith of Ballinalee

We drove through north county Longford recently and noticed this prominent bronze statue of Seán MacEoin by sculptor Rory Breslin, erected in 2013 in the quaint village of Ballinalee, County Longford. Seán Mac Eoin was an Irish politician with the Fine Gael party and soldier, rising to the position of a General,  who fought in the War of Independence.  He was commonly referred to as the … Continue reading Blacksmith of Ballinalee

Maria Edgeworth Statue Literary Trail

To Edgeworthstown and Beyond

We took part in a new walking tour over the summer in County Longford.  The St. Mary’s to St. John’s & Beyond walking tour is an historical and literary trail based in the town of Edgeworthstown. The walking tour tells the history of the town and of the Edgeworth family and other famous literary figures connected with the family in County Longford, including the head … Continue reading To Edgeworthstown and Beyond

19th Century village square

I love everything that is old..

Travel back in time to an old world village in the midlands of Ireland. Ardagh is a hidden gem in Ireland, as we reckon, not many of the estimated 60,000 motorists who pass everyday within a few kilometres of Ardagh have been here or are aware of how different and unique this Irish village is. Ardagh in County Longford, Ireland, is a village which can … Continue reading I love everything that is old..

Newcastle House and Newcastle Woods

If you are passing through the midlands of Ireland, a hidden gem well worth a visit is Newcastle Woods and Newcastle House in county Longford. Newcastle House is an old Manor house built in the 18th Century (from about 1710, with alternations up to 1860), located in Ballymahon, County Longford.  It was the main residence of the King-Harman landlords.  The forest beside Newcastle house is called Newcastle Woods and use … Continue reading Newcastle House and Newcastle Woods