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Famous People Connected to Longford.


Eddie Macken

Eddie Macken.

Born in Granard Co. Longford Eddie Macken is an Irish equestrian show jumper, who was a member of the Irish team that won the Aga Khan Cup three years in a row (1977 to 79). Other notable career highlights include a record four consecutive Hickstead Derby wins (1976 to 79), two individual silver medals at the Show Jumping World Championships.Many of Macken's achievements were gained in partnership with his Irish bred gelding, Boomerang.

Brendan O'Reilly

Brendan O'Reilly

O'Reilly was an Irish broadcaster, journalist, actor, athlete, singer and songwriter.[1] He is best known as presenter of the long-running Sports Stadium. Between 1966 and 1968, O'Reilly had the honour of commentating for Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest, as well as presenting the National Song Contest (to select Ireland's Eurovision entry) from 1966 to 1970.

Ray Flynn

Ray Flynn.

Ray Flynn is a retired middle-distance runner who works as a sports agent. Over the course of his racing career, Flynn ran a total of 89 sub-four minute miles, with his best time (and current Irish mile record) of 3:49.77 on July 7, 1982 in Oslo at the Bislett Games Dream Mile. He also holds the current Irish 1500 meter record of 3:33.5, set in the same Oslo race.


Albert Reynolds

Albert Reynolds.

Albert Reynolds (3 November 1932 – 21 August 2014) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served as Taoiseach from 1992 to 1994, Leader of Fianna Fáil from 1992 to 1994, Minister for Finance from 1988 to 1991, Minister for Industry and Commerce from 1987 to 1988, Minister for Industry and Energy from March 1982 to December 1982, Minister for Transport from 1980 to 1981 and Minister for Posts and Telegraphs from 1979 to 1981. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) from 1977 to 2002.

Reynolds was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a TD for Longford–Westmeath in 1977, and was re-elected at each election (from 1992 serving as TD for Longford-Roscommon) until his retirement in 2002. Prior to that Albert Reynolds had been a member of Longford County Council.

Sean MacEoin

General Sean McEoin.

Irish Nationalist and former IRA Leader during the Irish War of Independence was from nearby the village Ballinalee. He was commonly referred to as the "Blacksmith of Ballinalee"

Kitty Kiernan

Kitty Kiernan.

Catherine Brigid "Kitty" Kiernan was an Irish woman widely known as the fiancée of assassinated Irish revolutionary leader and Chairman of the Provisional Government, Michael Collins.

Music & Arts.

Padraic Colum

Padraic Colum was an Irish poet, novelist, dramatist, biographer, playwright, children's author and collector of folklore. He was one of the leading figures of the Irish Literary Revival.

Larry Cunningham

Larry Cunningham.

Larry Cunningham (13 February 1938 - 28 September 2012) was an Irish country music singer, who was one of the leading figures of the showband scene in the 1960s and 1970s. Regarded as a "trailblazer" and "legend" in the music industry, he accomplished a series of "firsts" during his career. In 1964, Cunningham broke into the British charts with "Tribute to Jim Reeves", the first time an Irish artist had achieved this.

Hollywood Stars.

Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell.

Will Ferrell first established himself in the late 1990s as a cast member on the NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live. From there the Irish-American went on to become the star of hit comedies such as Anchorman, Old School and Semi-Pro and has made numerous trips to Ireland with his brother, Patrick, and father, Roylee, to retrace the origin of their descendents in County Longford.

Ferrell is an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic O Fearghail. This great surname originated in Longford and their chief known as Lord of Annaly resided at Longphuirt Ui Fearghaill (i.e. O'Farrell's fortress) from which the name of the county derives. So important was the surname that much space is accorded to them in the "Annals of the Four Masters". Will Ferrell is a regular visitor to the County and has appeared on Irish TV wearing the Longford GAA jersey.

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson.

Mel Colmcille Gibson is an and filmmaker. He is best known for his action hero roles, namely his breakout role as Max Rockatansky in the first three films in the Mad Max post-apocalyptic action series, and as Martin Riggs in the Lethal Weapon buddy cop film series.

Gibson's first name is derived from Saint Mel, fifth-century Irish saint, and founder of Gibson's mother's native diocese, Ardagh, while his second name, Colmcille, is also shared by an Irish saint and is the name of the Aughnacliffe parish in County Longford where Gibson's mother was born and raised. Because of his mother, Gibson retains dual Irish and American citizenship.