It has been confirmed that County Longford will remain closed to the public from next week while the entire county is demolished and rebuilt. All roads in and out of Longford will be closed at midnight next Monday night (September 21st) and a demolition crew will move in first thing Tuesday morning. Longford County Councillor Barney Fitzmaurice explained the reasons behind the reconstruction.
“Well to be honest it’s a bit of a kip so we’ve decided to bulldoze everything and start again. This has been coming for years. There’s nothing here for anyone. We can’t hold onto our young people. Many Longford villages can’t even put a football team together. Over half of our school leavers every year emigrate to faraway places like Westmeath and Roscommon and those who stay are taking a huge risk. Last year over 500 people living in Longford died of boredom.”
The N4 cuts through the county and was built with huge fir trees lining both sides so people could travel between Dublin and Sligo without having to see Longford. Councillor Fitzmaurice said the busy road will remain open during the rebuilding of the county.
“People will still be able to drive through Longford at high speed like they’ve always done while we get busy knocking the place down. This time next week please God Longford Town will be gone and then we’ll get to work on Granard.”