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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The Sligo Journal joins British Newspaper Archive

The Sligo Journal, a conservative, Protestant newspaper sold on subscription in the 19th century, has joined the British Newspaper Archive (BNA).

It joins two other Sligo titles: the Sligo Champion (its arch rival, both politically and in terms of circulation) and the Sligo Observer.

Its contents are fairly typical of the time, a mix of national, regional and local news; clerical, army and judiciary appointments; quarter sessions trials and coroner's inquests; and plenty of 'cures' for chronic health problems.

The BNA plans to hold editions of the bi-weekly paper spanning 1813–1866. The initial upload sees editions available from 1828-1830, 1832 and 1834-1861. As with all other titles in the BNA, The Sligo Journal simulataneously joins FindMyPast's Irish Newspaper Collection.

The BNA now holds 141 Irish titles.