Papering over the cracks?

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Moving with the times? Regional newspapers being printed in Cork Picture: John Allen

In a fast-changing Ireland, local newspapers are still clinging on to relevance. But with headaches such as huge legal costs and the tech sector’s takeover of the advertising market, the future is uncertain for many of the oldest titles in the country

It’s hard not to be lifted by Jimmy Rhatigan’s enthusiasm. He’s been in journalism for some 52 years, all of it as a local reporter in his beloved Kilkenny, having gone straight into the Kilkenny People in 1967 from the local Christian Brothers school. He’s stayed in the local newspaper business all these years – even a job offer from the Irish Press in the 1970s couldn’t tempt him away. But if you think he hasn’t moved with the times, you’d be wrong.

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