Tomorrow, August 9th 2014, the Limerick Leader will be celebrating its 125th anniversary. The first edition of the paper was printed on Friday, August 9th 1889.
The paper experienced many challenges in its early years but has managed to soldier on to become Limerick’s biggest and most popular paper.
President Michael D. Higgins congratulated the paper on their years of service in the Limerick area and wished them well.
“I take this opportunity to congratulate all at the Limerick Leader on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of its first publication,” he said.
He continued on to say, “So much has changed for the people of Limerick in this 125 year period and the paper has responded to these changes by providing a valuable service to the local community in its coverage of news, events and the social, economic, cultural and significant sporting achievements of the city and county. I wish all at the Limerick Leader and indeed its readers every best wish for the future.”
The paper came under new ownership this year and is now part of the newly formed Iconic Newspapers company. It also owns brands such as the Kilkenny People, Longford Leader and Tipperary Star
Malcolm Denmark purchased the titles in April. He said was “enormously proud of the Leader as it reaches this auspicious anniversary.”
To commemorate the paper’s 125 years next month it will publish a special supplement looking at the role the Leader has played in local life, in September the exhibition From Limerick with Love will feature a number of pictures from the Leader archives taken in the 1970s and in October a new book, Limerick Through The Lens: Pictures from the Limerick Leader Archive, will be released and will include hundreds of the best pictures taken by the paper’s photographers.
The Limerick Leader‘s Editor, Alan English, thanked all the paper’s loyal readers for their support over the years in the paper this week and said the paper looks forward to continuing on its service in the years to come.