Thursday, May 02, 2019

By Christina McHugh, Editor

One hundred and sixty years ago this week  the Roscommon Herald first hit the streets.

With this week’s issue, you will find a reprint of that very first newspaper.

Proprietor George M. Tully told his readers: “To elevate the tone of public feeling, to speak out at all times The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth, without reference to party considerations and thus furnish a faithful record on which the statesman or historian may rely — to do this is the task to which as a public journalist, we shall apply ourselves with zeal and untiring energy.”

One hundred and sixty years later we remain true to this ethos.

We wonder what George Tully would think today if he were to step inside a modern newsroom.

Could he comprehend the monumental change in working practices or the shifts in the news we read, which may well reflect the shifts in our society — and the way, we read it? Journalism has changed dramatically in the last two years let alone the last 160.

Everything has changed, changed utterly since George M. Tully put his first edition to the press, but one thing remains the same — the reason we are here, to serve the local community. We care deeply for rural communities. We are at the heart of our rural communities.

The Roscommon Herald team is passionate and dedicated. We thank you, our readers, advertisers, and contributors, for your loyalty over the years. We look forward to your continued support, which will enable us to continue to play an important role in our local communities. Even in this age of social media dominance we all still want to feel connected, to know what is going on around us and for someone to be an advocate for their local area.

This was, is and will continue to be our role.

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