Bad tidings; it is the end of the World of Hibernia
THE decimation of the Irish magazine world continues apace. Publishing genius Kevin Kelly and his son Mark seem to be genuinely grieving for the loss of World of Hibernia (WOH), their high-end American glossy about all things Irish that folded last month.
Kelly poured what he will only say is "a substantial sum" into the magazine over six years or so, but it simply never took off according to his son. In fact, the Kellys's losses were into the millions, but a combination of foot-and-mouth, the American recession and, eventually, September 11 finally killed it off for good.
Mark, who had taken Hibernia over for the last year in a last-ditch attempt to save it, has now come home to become associate publisher of Checkout, the grocery trade mag which is one of Kelly's bread-and-butter publications. WOH has filed for Chapter 7 in the US, which means that everything is now in the hands of the lawyers.