Temperance Hall, New Street, Longford
Hall has been at the heart of Longford town since 1905.
Since its refurbishment in 2004 it is now a versatile
community centre with four meeting rooms which cater
for groups from 15 to 300 people. Complete with stage,
lighting and sound systems the Temperance Hall is the
ideal venue for the many groups who use its facilities.
As a venue it can facilitate businesses, community or
leisure activities and voluntary groups at very competitive
rates. Discounted rates are available to smaller non-funded
Staff in the Temperance Hall include:
Donal Daly, Michelle Scott, Brendan Williams, Kathleen
Mahon and Jason Donoghue.
Committee Members: Mona Considine, Hugh Connolly,
Fr. Thomas Healy, Georgina Hourican, Peter Kilemade,
Ruth McGarry, Sive McGuinness, Michael Nevin, Trisha
Nugent and Jimmy O’Connor.
In the mid 1990s St. Joseph’s Temperance Hall
had begun to fall into to a state of significant disrepair.
The building had a severe presence of rot; electrical
and plumbing installations were very dated and the whole
fabric of the building had reached a sorry state. A
voluntary restoration committee was formed which undertook
the task of bringing this landmark community facility
back to its rightful place as a wonderful amenity at
heart of the town. After endless hours invested in planning
and fundraising the restoration the committee were very
proud to reopen the building on 19th March 2004 and
to offer it back to the local community as a renewed
and enhanced property ready to contribute again to the
life of Longford town and county.
the vision of the hall’s founder to provide a
safe space for young people and mindful of the challenges
posed by drink and drugs an idea evolved for a youth
café where young people would be able to come
to socialise and meet their friends in a safe environment.
After a number of meetings and much deliberation the
Attic Youth Cafe was born. Since that time the Attic
has developed strong links with Foróige and now
the Foróige Attic Youth Café continues
to go from strength to strength. All associated with
the Hall are delighted to have the Attic based at the
Temperance Hall and are proud of the service which it
provides to our youth and is grateful to all volunteers
who give so generously of their time.
In autumn 2008
the Temperance Hall Committee were delighted to have
been nominated by Longford County Council for the Pride
of Place Awards. Three Committee members travelled to
Co. Waterford for the award-giving ceremony and were
thrilled to have been announced as first-prize winners
in the best community facility category. The Temperance
Hall members were presented with a Waterford Crystal
Bowl and €2,000 by President Mary McAleese.
Committee Members were: Arthur Cumiskey, John
Dempsey, John Gilchrist, Fr. Thomas Healy, Louis Herterich,
Liam Hyland, Ann Kane, Michael Keenan, Mary Kelliher,
Eddie Kiernan, Trisha Nugent and Kieran O’Regan.