Wednesday 21 February 2018

Farewell to my paper where the ink and beer flowed

As 'The Longford News' prints its last edition, Liam Collins remembers good times and the legacy of its founder

NEWLY arrived in town, I marched down Dublin Street, the proud new chief reporter of The Longford News. Well, the only reporter. The newspaper's new office was in an old bakery, where I spent the first pre-production night standing at a table with Kathleen Reynolds, wife of the proprietor Albert Reynolds, as a crowd of us armed with bread-knives literally cut the first edition of the new paper into shape.

The editor was a former circus promoter and the printer a one-armed chess champion nicknamed 'The Bandit'.

The Longford News was a unique paper. The founder and only previous owner Vincent Gill was an anti-establishment figure who played The Red Flag on his accordion as the annual May procession wound its way from the cathedral past his house in Harbour Row.

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