LOCAL newspapers are a pivotal part of the fabric of communities. For generations they have held communities together even when those communities have lost people to other parts of the world.
Most Irish families have recollections of someone being responsible for sending the local newspaper to a loved one abroad. Now, with the advent of the internet people can stay connected to their locality regardless of where they are. Local newspapers like The Nationalist and South Tipp Today provide a very valuable service for Tipperary people wherever they are. We now live in an age where rumours, whispers and gossip can be accepted as fact in an instant. The team at both newspapers cut through the clutter to produce something that is fair and factual. They accurately reflect the mood and the issues that matter most to people in South Tipperary. They also give voice to people and organisations to enable them to highlight the work that they are doing. Clonmel Chamber is one such organisation. Without The Nationalist and South Tipp Today we would not be able to highlight our concerns or promote our initiatives. There are hundreds of organisations like ours in every walk of local life that benefit hugely from having quality newspapers such as The Nationalist and South Tipp Today in the area. While many are keen to pronounce that the days of newspapers are limited I believe the opposite. People will always have a need for accurate and professionally produced news. How it will be packaged is anyone’s guess, but there will always be room for the work that the staff of The Nationalist and South Tipp Today.