County Longford is centrally and strategically located in the Midlands of Ireland providing ease of access to national and international markets making it an attractive location for inward investment (Figure 13). It is a strategic transport hub located on 2 National Primary Routes; the N4 from Dublin to Sligo and the N5 from Dublin to Mayo. Secondary routes also cross the County; the N55 linking Athlone and Cavan into Northern Ireland, and the N63 linking Longford with Roscommon and Galway. The County is also serviced by the Dublin to Sligo Inter-City railway line with 2 stations; Longford Town and Edgeworthstown. Longford Town is centrally located within the County and serves a wide catchment area. From a natural amenity perspective County Longford lies in the basin of the River Shannon and Lough Ree and has some of Ireland’s oldest and best preserved peatlands. Other natural amenities include the Royal Canal, River Camlin, Lough Gowna, Newcastle and Derrycasson Forests.
County Longford has a vibrant collection of communities that have a rich historical background coupled with a wide ranging list of attractions and interests. The County is has plenty to offer to visitors and citizens alike in sporting, cultural, historical and retail sectors. Our communities are the heart beat of the County.