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Established in 1867, The Newry Reporter is still the largest-selling Newspaper within Down, Armagh, and Louth and is one of the largest-selling weekly publications outside of Belfast. For all your Local News and Sport.

The Newry Reporter was established in 1867 by James Burns and is the oldest newspaper serving the Newry and Mourne region of Northern Ireland, UK.


After the death of James Burns in 1902, the paper was sold to Joseph Wright who operated a printing works in Hill Street.

The paper would be in Wrights's ownership for just seven years before a fire at the works saw Wright move to Canada.

Robert Sands acquired the rights to the paper and began printing again after a four-month stoppage since the fire.

In 1912, the paper moved offices from Clanrye Grain Mills (owned by Sands) to Margaret Street, where it remains to this day.

After Sands' death in 1915, the paper was published by the executors until 1927 when Edward Hodgett bought the rights.

The paper remained in the Hodgett family until recently.

On Jan. 11, 2023, the paper announced it would cease publication on Jan. 25. However it was subsequently acquired and continues publication under National World. 

Current operations

The paper is now published weekly on a Wednesday (although the front cover states Thursday) after trying both bi- & tri-weekly runs throughout its history.

The paper's look and feel had a major refresh in May 2007 when it relaunched as a full-color 'compact'. Today its main competitor in the region is the Newry Democrat. According to ABC figures (Jan-Jun 2013) the Newry Reporter sells 9,842 copies per week, with the Newry Democrat's distribution in the region of 6,000 copies.

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