Ireland by Region Co. Longford
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County Longford is 403 square miles of clear lakes, cruising waterways and ancient boglands in the heart of the Midlands in Ireland. With a population of just over 30,000, Longford is one of Ireland's smallest and most picturesque counties.

Longford is seated in the basin of the River Shannon and in the catchment area of the River Erne - offering superb fishing for the pike angler at Lough Ree, Lough Forbes and at the Gowna Lakes. The River Inny is a favourite spot for fishing competitions. For the water sport enthusiast, County Longford is an aquatic playground of boating on the Shannon, canoeing on Lough Ree and cruising on the Royal Canal.

Derived from the Irish 'Longford Ui Fearraill', referring to the stronghold of the O'Farrell clan, Longford has some of Ireland's oldest and best preserved peatlands. The Corlea Trackway, dating back to the Iron Age, was discovered in the County Longford bogs and is now on permanent display at the Exhibition Centre in Corlea. County Longford boasts of a superb annual calendar of festivals and events highlighting Irish culture and traditional music.

Towns in County Longford

The county capital is Longford town. Other principle townships are Granard, Edgeworthstown, Lanesborough, Ballymahon and the Heritage village of Ardagh. Please see town guides for further information.

Business Information

The primary industry in County Longford is the services sector. Now representing some 49% of the work force, this growth has been illustrated by the relocation of the Department of Social Welfare Special Care section to Longford. 21% of the county is boglands. Bord Na Mona (Irish Peat Board) and the ESB are very active in these areas, making use of the peat resource. The ESB peat burning station at Lanesborough employs some 150 people. Manufacturing in the food and textiles industries is a key sector in the local economy and employs 19% of the workforce. County Longford has always had a strong indigenous engineering background. Several overseas companies have made their base in Longford including IgX Corporation Research Plant, IEC Electronics Ltd and Tool and Triad Systems, all from the US.

Helpful contact details for business enquiries

Longford County Enterprise Board

Tel: (353) 043 46572
Longford County Council Tel: (353) 043 46231
Leader II Longford Tel: (353) 043 45555
Enterprise Ireland Regional Office Tel: (353) 0902 87100
IDA Ireland Regional Office Tel: (353) 0902 72695
Longford Chamber of Commerce Tel: (353) 043 47455
Sources of finance applicable to business start up, development and acquisition, and related agencies, are as follows

Credit Unions:

Tel: (353) (0)1 490 8911
National Irish Bank:  Tel: (353) (0)1 678 5066
Ulster Bank (Small Business Unit):  Tel: (353) (0)1 677 7623
Bank of Ireland Enterprise Support Unit:  contact any branch
Smurfit Job Creation Enterprise Fund Tel: (353) (0)1 478 4091
The Dept. of Enterprise, Trade and Employment:
TEL: (353) (0) 1 661 4444;
www.irlgov.ie/entemp has extensive and very helpful advice on all aspects of business and employment in Ireland, including a business start up information pack which is superbly put together and includes everything from planning, funding, locating, employing people and development businesses.
Travel (see also town guides)

Ideally located in the centre of Ireland, Longford is only 1 hours away from Dublin. Primary routes pass through County Longford from Dublin to the North West of Ireland. Irish Rail (Iarnrod Eireann) run trains daily from Longford to Dublin and Sligo. Bus Eireann operate a service across the county to all major destinations in Ireland. The nearest seaport to Longford is Dublin. Rosslare and Larne are both a 3 hour drive by road. Aer Rianta Dublin is the closest international and domestic airport to County Longford.

Aer Rianta Dublin Airport

Tel: (353) 01 8141111

Stena Line

Tel: (353) 01 204 7700

Irish Ferries

Tel: (353) 01 555 1995

P&O European Ferries
Tel: (44) 0870 242477

Iarnrod Eireann - Irish Rail

Tel: (353) 043 45200

Bus Eireann

Tel: (353) 043 41247
Tourism, Leisure and Accommodation
Please see town guides
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