Some 15,000 plus people visited Longford town over the four days of the recent festival. Paying tribute to all involved in this year’s event, organising team member, Cllr Joe Flaherty, paid tribute to a team of volunteers who worked tirelessly.

He said: “It was a big event for the town and it was great to see social media awash with positivity about Longford. There were many highlights but undoubtedly the festival proved that people do want to come to Longford and more importantly, its a great place to socialise.”

He confirmed that preparations are already underway for next year’s event and the organisers are very keen to build on this year’s success. He said: “It was fantastic to see young and old; children and the aged, all mixing together and enjoying the very best of what Longford has to offer.”

He went on to pay tribute to the local Gardai and in particular Supt Jim Delaney and Sergeant Declan McGlynn, who worked very closely with the organisers. And he added: “There has to be special mention for Gilmore Security who were exceptional. Everybody felt safe, relaxed and were keen to enjoy themselves.”

One of the highlights was the performance by Brave Giant on Saturday night in front of 4,000 people on the Main St. Said Cllr Flaherty: “It was an incredible night for Longford and we are extremely fortunate to have these guys as ambassadors. I suppose they have evolved with the festival over the years and they really put on an incredible show this time out.”

The Family Day was a huge success on the Sunday and the Co Councillor would also thank the local group, Spin Longford, who organised the four day artisan market and Sunday’s Family Day. He said: “They did great work and Sunday was a memorable afternoon on the Market Square.”