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County Longford is found in the northwest of the province of Leinster, in the midlands of the Republic of Ireland. It is one of the smallest counties in the country. It is an inland county, with vast brown bog lands and a rich farming tradition. The main agricultural industries are cattle and sheep rearing, and the production of peat, oats and potatoes. Most of the county lies in the basin of the River Shannon.
Longford Town, the counties main town, is a busy market town. The town is thought to have its origins in a Dominican Abbey, built in 1440, now the site of the local Church of Ireland. The town is situated on the small River Camlin. Historically, Longford Town was the stronghold of the O'Farrell Clan, who built a castle here sometime during the 16th century. All that remains of this structure are a few dilapidated walls. Most of the town's layout and architecture date back to the 19th century. Longford is traditionally a trade town, renowned for its trade in grain, pork and butter amongst other things.
There are a number of worthwhile sites in the county, ranking amongst them are: The Courthouse, built in 1791, it is located in Market Square in Longford Town; St Mel's Cathedral, built in the 19th century, its construction was interrupted by the famine, so its two halves were constructed at different times, giving it its unique appearance; The County Home, a workhouse dating back to 1842 - during the famine it housed some 900 patients.
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