Longwood is located a few miles off the old main Dublin-Galway road, just after Enfield.
It has nothing worth visiting, and nothing to see. No Hotel, no restaurant or pub of note.
This is however part of it's charm, it seems to have all the elements of a 'Typical' midlands Irish Village, with all that that implies.
The broad main street is adorned with pub, a post office and a butchers. A general (and very untidy and general it is too) store around the corner. A Garda (police) station, a disused waterpump and an antiques shop. Being Ireland it also features some more modern small housing estates, further fuelling the Celtic tiger.
Ahh, forgot the church - painted Turquoise and dark green. An interesting choice, it has to be said. Rather like peanut nut butter and anchovy sandwiches. Or perhaps beetroot and strawberry jam. I guess someone thought it was a good idea.
At the Southern end of the village (Dublin direction) you will find a church on the main road.
The church has now been converted for use as the local Library, but outside the door stands a reminder of famine times.
A large iron cauldron is suspended on a kind of tripod. It dates from the late 1840's, as the mainstay of a soup kitchen which was set up to try and combat the effects of the potato famine at the time.
The picture I have used is from elsewhere, but shows what a 'soup kitchen ' would have looked like. Despite these limited efforts, it is worth remembering that somewhere between 750,000 and one million people died in those awful times.
The village of Kells is an old monastic settlement, and the famous Book of Kells (on display in Trinity College in Dublin) has its origins here. Traces of medieval monks can be found throughout the village. Look around the churchyard for the High Crosses. These crosses are often highly decorated with biblical scenes and it is believed that they served as "storybooks" for the illiterate population.
Also in Kells is St. Columcille´s House, a 10th century oratory. St. Columcille had been banished to the Isle of Iona in Scotland. Apparently his hideous crime had been to copy a book. He was told never to set foot again on Irish soil, but when the Iona monastery was raided by Vikings, Columcille returned to Ireland. Being quite ingenious, he strapped some sods of Iona´s turf to his feet and walked through Ireland on Scottish soil.
The Hill of Slane is where St. Patrick had his seat in Ireland. As legend has it, St. Patrick lit his Paschal fire on the Hill of Slane when the Druids celebrated their pagan feast on the Hill of Tara just a few miles away. When the Druids saw his fire they warned the High King that if he did not put out Patrick´s fire immediately, it would be burning forever, and Ireland would become a Christian country...
This is 25.5m long rectangular cairn, five chambred tomb
with a dual court cairn.
Take the R192 Shercock road, 5km out of Cootehill town.
Finn MacCool was a legendaly warrior of Fianna/ hero/ giant...?
This is an alignment of standing stones.
There is on the hillside at Shantemon, off the R188 north-east from
This is a small Protestant Cathdral. has fine Romanesque doorway.
On the R198 6km south-west from Cavan town.