I am most impressed by the new community journal. I think it will be a great addition to Athenry’s future.
Submissions to the Steering Committee showed a demand for a publication of this type. You and your committee are to be complimented for the effort put in to get the journal started and all those who wrote articles are to be complimented also.
As there are ﬁfty or more voluntary organisations in the parish, the journal should be a welcome means for them to get their message across to the local readership.
We are living in the ‘information super-highway era of ‘internet’ communications, where it would be easier to find out what is happening in ‘Timbuctoo’ than ﬁnd out what is happening on our own doorstep. To have a local non-commercial newspaper ‘by the people, for the people’ will be a deﬁnite positive statement in local development.
Realistically though, we in the community should realise that the paper will not print itself; that it will be up Io ourselves to make sure that the material keeps ﬂowing in. If so, the journal will have a long and bright future.
Readers should be generous in their criticism of the paper in the initial stages – it will mature with age, like most good things. To quote G.B. Shaw, ‘you will never write a good book ‘til you write some bad ones’.
Finally I say “Well done, keep up the good work and we look forward to future editions”.
Written by Martin O'Grady
Published here 01 Nov 2022 and originally published 1995
Fiach McHugh of the Mountains
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