Friday 11 December 2015

1708 Irish newspaper is oldest to join online BNA
The British Newspaper Archive (BNA) has added three more Irish titles to its online database.

They are:
  • The Dublin Intelligence – Only three editions have been uploaded so far but, as far as I can see, they are not only the earliest Irish newspapers in the archive, they are the earliest publications in the entire archive. They date from August and September 1708. The BNA says it will be adding editions to span 1708–12 and 1722–24.
  • Irish Ecclesiastical Gazette – Also known as the 'Monthly repertory of miscellaneous church news'. All 23 editions published in 1861 and from January to November 1866 inclusive are now available for searching and the Archive intends its holding to eventually span 1856–75.
  • Penny Despatch and Irish Weekly Newspaper – More than 300 editions of this publication dating from September 1861 to December 1869 have joined the database. Additional editions dating up to 1875 will be uploaded in due course.
Including these three additions, the online British Newspaper Archive now holds 108 historical Irish papers. The total number of newspapers in the database is 550.

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The oldest newspaper edition in the online British Newspaper Archive was published in August 1708