LOCAL newspapers, to state the very obvious, are rooted in locality and provide an essential service to community. They not only tell us what is happening in our own place, but they take us to places where, in busy lives,we may not have the time nor the incliniation to go.
They take us into our courts,where justice is implemented: into local authority meetings, from which management of our towns is administered. They inform us about business, education, entertainment, sport. They support good causes,draw attention to problems,report on properous times and lean times, all in the context of our community.
Local newspapers have always been a most valuable repository of the history of place. They are the first and most important resource in the research of time,and location, of important events; of the joys and tragedies of a people - our ancestors.
In County Tipperary, this valuable archive of local newspapers, over the past two centuries, is available at The Source,Thurles.
More than any modern media, local newspapers tell it how it is. Here and now. Births, deaths, marriages - all human life is still there.In the paper!
Margaret Rossiter, Columinist