Journal celebrates 240th anniversary

PAST TIMES... The old Derry Journal offices at Shipquay Street pictured in the 1950s.
PAST TIMES... The old Derry Journal offices at Shipquay Street pictured in the 1950s.

A special supplement to mark the 240th anniversary of the ‘Derry Journal’ will be published in next Friday’s edition of the paper.

The commemorative souvenir will include stories and photos charting the long history of the city’s top newspaper.

The ‘Journal’ is, of course, the second oldest newspaper still in existence in Ireland - only surpassed by the ‘News Letter’.

Established in 1772, the paper has, over the years, established itself as the dominant media outlet in the region and is now regarded as something of a local institution.

Among those who have contributed articles to the anniversary supplement are Deputy First Minister Martin McGuiness, Foyle MP Mark Durkan, East Derry MP Gregory Campbell, retired Bishop of Derry, Dr. Edward Daly, as well as past and present members of ‘Journal’ staff.

Journal editor Martin McGinley says the 240th anniversary comes at an exciting time for the newspaper. “A news outlet like the ‘Journal’ doesn’t exist in a vacuum. We reflect the life and times that surround us. The ‘Journal’ is part of the fabric of life for many people across the North West and further afield. It is where most people go to get a definitive report of all that is happening locally.”

Mr. McGinley added: “Following our move to new premises at Duncreggan Road - after more than 40 years on Buncrana Road - a new chapter is opening up in the history of the ‘Journal’. These are exciting times for both the city and the ‘Journal.’ In the midst of all the changes to come in the years ahead, the ‘Journal’ will continue to record the happenings and chart the developments of Derry, writing exciting new chapters in the long and proud history of the city.”