Archives Services

Longford County Archives Service

Located in the Local Studies Department of the County Library, where there is a wide range of primary and secondary sources of relevance to Longford.

Contact: Martin Morris, Archivist
Opening Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9.30 am - 5.30 pm; Friday: 9.30 am - 5 pm.

 

Access And Facilities
Located in the Local Studies Department of the County Library, where there is a wide range of primary and secondary sources of relevance to Longford.

Finding aids: descriptive lists are available in the reading room and those for the larger collections are online. Some collections are accessible by appointment only, because they are in storage. Group visits are by appointment only, up to a maximum of 15 people, accompanied by a teacher. Visits to schools can also be arranged. The photocopying of archives is not permitted.

Collections

Local authority archives
The largest collections are the minute books of the poor law unions (workhouses) of Longford (1839-1922), Granard (1855-1920) and Ballymahon (1881-1921).

Estate collections
The largest is the King-Harman papers (1789-1951), which include a large number of rent books. There are also rent books from the Shuldham, Newcomen, Kingston and Ledwith estates, mainly nineteenth century.

The Keenan papers
This collection consists of the notes of a local antiquarian, Dr J.F. Keenan (died 1945), who collected information on place names and prominent families.

War of Independence material
The Leavy collection, consisting of the papers of the Farrell family, Lanesborough, has some interesting items from the period 1919-'21. Included are lists of names of local IRA members. There are also items from Rathcline Parish Dáil Court, most of which are 'closed' to the public because they refer to specific cases. Access may be granted to researchers on certain conditions.

Maps
Apart from the Ordnance Survey maps, there is a small collection of estate maps. The oldest is a volume from 1795, covering Granard Town and surrounding areas, and Ballymacormack, near Longford Town. These maps are available on CD-R.

 

Address:

Longford County Library, Town Centre, Longford

Telephone: +353 (0)43 41124
Fax:  +353 (0)43 48576
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Website: http://www.longfordlibrary.ie/lib_arc_home.aspx

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