jude flynnFireside Tales from around Longford town and county

The stories in these book are extracts from tape recordings that I, Jude Flynn, carried out all over County Longford in Ireland since 1984. I am grateful to the people concerned for allowing me to publish their memories.

At Christmas 1980 i received a gift of a tape recorder from my late wife Mae, and this prompted me to undertake the recording of a portion of the social history of the town and county.

Mae died on January 6th 1982, and I dedicate the first edition of 'Fireside Tales' to her memory.



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Longford Fireside Tales Volume 1No. 1 Issue 2003

"To you the reader of this publication it is my hope that you will come across some story that will invoke happy memories of other days at firesides in Longford town and county".

Stories include: Main Street Longford, The Banshee in Rathcline, John Kelly Remembers the Pawn Shop, , Lisanure Corn Mill, The Big Snow in Bunlahy, The Mudwall House in Legan, An Unusual Find in Clonbroney, The Wedding of General Sean MacEoin, Abbeyshrule Memories, Childhood Days in Longford Town, The Fair Day, From Killoe to Bandon, The Rock Breaker, and more...

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Longford Fireside Tales Volume 2No. 2 Issue 2004

The theme of this publication is the faith that was passed on to us.

Stories including Family Life in Longford, The Whitesmith of Carrigeen, The Black Islands, The Burning of Granard, The Convent of Mercy, Events in Carrickedmond, The Rathcline Sovereign, Eel Fishing in Ballymahon, A Day at the Forge, Memories of Old Ardagh, Magan's of Killashee, Life in Dromard, Draining the River Inny, The Ardagh Gold Rush and more.

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Longford Fireside Tales Volume 3No 3 Issue 2005

Nothing is more tragic to civilization that the loss of it's culture and traditions.

Stories include The County Infirmary, Abbeyshrule Ghost, Legan to Argentina and Back, Farming 60 years Ago, The Rathcline Witch, The Day the Hounds Invaded Longford, Local Cures, Market Day in Granard, An Abbeylara Cure for Asthma, Growing Up in Ballymahon, Schooldays in Legan, St. Brigid's Well, Rathmore Crossroads.

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Longford Fireside Tales Volume 4No 4 Issue 2006

Stories include: When Cashel Men Walked on Ice, The Water Street Christmas Box, The Kilglass Ghost, Memories of Ballymahon, Events around Molly, Lisrevagh Fairy Fort, The Rebel Egan, A Sad Famine Story, The St. Colmcille Bell, Goldsmith's Birthplace, The Granard Coopers, The Last of the Cabbage Sellers and more

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Longford Fireside Tales Volume 5No 5 Issue 2007

Stories include: Drumlish Memories, Donnelly's Bus Service, Fr. Mannion's Well, Flax Growing in Cornadrung, The Changeling, Lock 42 on the Royal Canal, Sheridan's Bakery, A Moyne Priest, Drumlish Brass & Reid, Hanlon's Bus Service, Life in Corglass, Letter from Michael Collins, and more

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Longford Fireside Tales Volume 6No 6 Issue 2008

This issue of Fireside Tales seeks to record all of the dancing venues in County Longford going back to the late 1920s and leading up to the Showband era of the 1960s.

Stories include: The Charlie Dunne Dance Band, Dancing in Legan, Cashel - The Thomas Ashe Hall, The Longford Ceili Band, Ballycloghan Hall, Dancing in Granard, The Tower Ballroom Tarmonbarry, Dancing in Ballinalee, Esker Hall, Killashee Hall, and more.

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Longford Fireside Tales Volume 7No 7 Issue 2009

Stories include: Abbeyshrule Recreation Hall, The Plainsmen Showband, Dancing in Moydow, The Larry Cunningham Story, Mosstown House, Fardromin National School Ballinamuck, Ardagh Post Office, Events in Enaghan, Exciting Times in Lisnacusha Lanesboro, The Colmcill Diary July 1960, and Tales from Forgney.

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Longford Fireside Tales Volume 8No 8 Issue 2010

Stories include: A Lime-Kiln Enterprise in Legan, The Changing Pub Scene in Ballymahon, Drinking After Hours, Matt Gormley the Tailor, Canal Memories from Churchland, A Walk Up and Down Great Water Street, Crott Ringfort Dromard, Ballinalee Creamery, The Moydow Farm Diary, The Drumlish Ghost, The Granard Colleen Rue, A Derryhawn Discovery and more.

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Longford Fireside Tales Volume 9No 9 Issue 2011

Stories include: The Banshee in St. Brigid's Terrace, The Doyles of Gelsha, Fruit Growing in North Longford, From Manchester to Lisnacusha, Working in Maxwells in Longford, Life in Drumhaldry Moyne, The Land Surveyor from Abbeyderg, The Royal Canal at Killashee, A Ballymahon Drapery Shop, Coursing in Ballymahon, Carrickedmond Traditional Cures, and more

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Longford Fireside Tales Volume 10No 10 Issue 2012

Stories include: The Unveiling of Granard's New Grotto, It Happened in Carrickedmond, The Royal Canal at Clondra and Killashee, Longford People in Argentina, Ardagh Bachelor's Club, Memories of the Land War in Drumlish, The Lanesboro Pipe Band, and more

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