Monday 11 December 2017

Westmeath Examiner's ex-owner dies

Nicholas Nally edited The Westmeath Examiner for almost 50 years and was a major figure in the local newspaper industry, serving as President of the Provincial Newspapers Association of Ireland (Stock picture)
Nicholas Nally edited The Westmeath Examiner for almost 50 years and was a major figure in the local newspaper industry, serving as President of the Provincial Newspapers Association of Ireland (Stock picture)
Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy

Former editor and owner of The Westmeath Examiner Nicholas Nally has passed away.

Mr Nally, who was aged 90, died peacefully at Newbrook Nursing Home in Mullingar on Saturday.

He edited The Westmeath ­Examiner for almost 50 years and was a major figure in the ­local newspaper industry, ­serving as President of the Provincial Newspapers Association of Ireland.

During a career that spanned seven decades, he also acquired The Westmeath Independent and Offaly Independent titles and became the foremost media owner in the midlands.

He is pre-deceased by his wife Peggy and he is survived by his family Bernard, Joseph, Martin, Nicholas and Caitriona (Weafer).

Frank Mulrennan, chief ­executive of Celtic Media Group, owners of The ­Westmeath ­Examiner, said Mr Nally was one of the finest local newspaper editors who had left a proud legacy to generations of journalists.

There will be a removal to the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar arriving at 6.30pm this evening. Funeral mass will be tomorrow at 10am.

Irish Independent

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