The “News” in ruins

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Author: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
At a time when many of our wonderful local newspapers are facing a disappearing market and are really struggling to survive, this image of the offices and print works of the Waterford News must feel prophetic? All of us Culchies will have a favourite local paper that was the source of information on what had happened, was happening, and will happen in the locality. Names like the Skibbereen Eagle, Connacht Tribune, Limerick Leader, Waterford News and Star were a means of keeping in touch, and would be very sadly missed should they go. What happened here, and why is the building in such a sad state? +++ UPDATE +++ Forgive our ageing brains, but we Marys had forgotten that we visited the inside of these ruins 9 years ago. There’s a good Irish Times report you can read here. But this photo shows a great election poster, and you know how we love posters! We got the local results for the general election to the Fourth Dáil; we found out that an election-related riot caused this fire; and we found out that when the News building was rebuilt, the newspaper took over the post office at the left in this photo. Thank you BeachcomberAustralia for this great snippet from an Australian newspaper: In a street procession at Waterford, supporting Capt. Redmond (Independent), they came in conflict with a crowd attending a meeting where General Cosgrave was speaking. In the disorder that followed, the editorial office of the Republican newspaper was burnt to the ground. Finally, plain-clothes policemen fired a volley of blank cartridges, thus stampeding the crowds. Photographer: A. H. Poole Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford Date: ca. 1 September 1923 NLI Ref: POOLEWP 3118 You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at


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