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Longford is one of the twenty-six counties in the Republic of Ireland.

It is in the province of Leinster.

It has an area of approximately 420 sq miles.

It has a population of approximately 35,000 people.

It is the fourth smallest county in Ireland.

The Irish name for Longford is An Longfort meaning a fortress from Longphort meaning a House Fort.

The county was created out of the territory of the O’Farrells of Annaly.

The ancient name for the area was Annaly.

The county town of Longford is Longford.

Longford is a cathedral town of the diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise.

The ancient name for the town is Longford O’Farrell from a castle owned by the ancient owners.

Edgeworthstown in Co. Longford is named after the Edgeworth family, landlords in the 18th century.

The writer, Maria Edgeworth was a member of this family.

A French force under General Humbert landed in Ireland during the 1798 Rebellion and was defeated at the Battle of Ballinamuck in Co. Longford.

The highest point in Co. Longford is Carn Clonhugh or Cairn Hill at 916 feet.

Longford is bordered by four counties.

These are Cavan, Leitrim, Roscommon, and Westmeath.

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