‘The ‘Journal’ is the essence of Derry’

Derry Journal 'The Lost Archives II' compiler Sean McLaughlin pictured with, from left, Martin McGinley, Editor, Derry Journal, Garbhan Downey, Guildhall Press, and Margaret Foley, Marketing Manager, Derry Journal. DER4813JM071
Derry Journal 'The Lost Archives II' compiler Sean McLaughlin pictured with, from left, Martin McGinley, Editor, Derry Journal, Garbhan Downey, Guildhall Press, and Margaret Foley, Marketing Manager, Derry Journal. DER4813JM071
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The Derry Journal’s contribution to recording and preserving the history of Derry was praised on Tuesday night at the launch of ‘The Lost Archives II’ - a joint project between the paper and Guildhall Press.

The book was compiled by one of the ‘Journal’s’ longest serving staff reporters - Sean McLaughlin - and follows on from the remarkable success of the first volume of photos from our archives which was released last year and proved to be a local bestseller in the run up to Christmas.

The launch was attended by a number of local dignitaries as well as ‘Journal’ staff and representatives of Guildhall Press.

Addressing the gathered guests, Garbhan Downey, Editor at Guildhall Press and former Journal reporter himself, said: “The scale of the Derry Journal’s contribution to this city is unquantifiable – it is genuinely impossible to measure. It has been our paper of record for almost 250 years and is one of the city’s – and the island’s – most respected, and permanent, institutions.

“More than any other medium, this newspaper defines us; it defines us as a people, as a community, as a city – and it defines our place in the world. Or more accurately, perhaps, it defines our place at the centre of the world.”

Journal Editor Martin McGinley described the compilation of the book as a “labour of love” for reporter Sean McLaughlin adding that he had provided a “great service” to the people of Derry.

Published by Guildhall Press, The Lost Archives II is out now.