We like it! Giving the thumbs-up to the new-look Longford Leader were staff of Longford Credit Union after we gave them a sneak preview of some of the pages this Tuesday afternoon. From left: manager Helen Whitney, Breege Savage, Margie Regan, Maeve Duffy and Nora Thompson, with page 1, Community, Longford Life and sport sections Picture: Shelley Corcoran
As you’ll have already seen from our new-look front page, this week’s Longford Leader sees the introduction of a refreshed design and the paper also includes a host of new features.
We hope you like what you see. The intention is to make the paper more reader-friendly and with that in mind we have introduced some new sections, which are colour-coded for your convenience.
The masthead has also been updated and proudly sports the Longford coat of arms. This is the first masthead change in many years, but as our special feature on page 12 illustrates, change has been a constant on the front page of the Leader since the paper’s inception in 1897.
General news pages have red folios. One of the highlights this week is Liam Cosgrove’s special report from Edgeworthstown (pages 20-21), where he finds a community fighting back with passion and purpose after some tough years.
Next comes a new opinions spread called Views. The weekly column by long-time Leader contrib- utor Mattie Fox has a new home in this spread.
The new Community section has green folios. Here you’ll find news and notes from every corner of the county, along with border towns and villages.
The new Longford Life section also has its own front page and sports purple folios. It includes our entertain- ment coverage, plus several new features.
Readers of long standing may remember a weekly feature back in the 1970s called Roving Leader (also called Roving Camera). Back then, Leader stalwarts John Donlon and Joe McDonagh travelled around the county. This week, new Leader reporter Kevin Forde revives the spirit of that column and Michelle Ghee provides some great pictures. See the centre spread, pages 44-45.
We also introduce My Longford Life, in which well known locals tell us their favourite things about the county. First up is popular cystic fibrosis campaigner Jillian McNulty.
There’s all this and more besides. I hope you enjoy your refreshed Leader!