Thursday 23 April 2020

The Munster News debuts on British Newspaper Archive

The latest Irish newspaper to join the online is The Munster News.

As of this morning, more than 10,200 pages and 2,500 edtions are available to search and view on both (BNA) and in FindMyPast's Irish Newspaper Collection (Pro subscription required).  More will follow, and the planned holding will span 1851-1930.

This historical paper, published in Limerick City from 1851 until an abrupt end in 1935, was launched as a twice-weekly from printing works in Patrick Street and moved a year or so later to Rutland Street.

The owner was Francis Counihan who launched the title with larger pages than the three other Limerick papers then in circulation and switched to evening distribution to keep the paper afloat. In 1880 the paper moved to its final home in George Street, now O'Connell Street.

Throughout its period of publication, The Munster News' editorial was aimed at a Catholic and moderate liberal  audience interested in local and national news. Its main areas of circulation were the City and County of Limerick, County Clare, southern Tipperary and northern areas of County Cork.

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