After much planning and preparation, the new-look Longford Leader was unveiled last week and the reaction so far has been extremely positive.
Before the paper hit the shelves last Wednesday morning, details of some of the new features had been announced leading to plenty of excitement when the Leader headed out to get a reaction from readers.
Melissa Ganly, while on a break from work, was delighted to have a flick through the brand new paper, admiring the colourful layout and easy-to-find sections.
“It’s very nice. It’s very appealing. It’s nice and bright - lovely and colourful,” she told the Leader.
Those sentiments were echoed by Paulius Merkelis, who had a read through the paper at lunch time and really enjoyed the new layout, which ensures each section is colour-coded and easy to find.
“It looks really nice. The layout is really dynamic. It’s colourful. It has everything you need. It's simple. You won't get lost in it,” he said.
Ciaran Carberry agreed that the paper is brighter and more colourful.
“It kind of makes you want to look into the paper more,” he remarked.
Kim Finnan said she really liked the layout of the front page in particular, noting that it had the sophisticated look of a national newspaper.
“It’s very professional,” she said as she flicked through the Longford Life section of the paper, paying particular interest to a feature the paper did with Jillian McNulty last week.
Students, Salma Smith, Erin Smyth and Joanne Sheridan were happy to stop for a look at the new paper as they passed by on their lunch break last Wednesday afternoon and all three agreed that the new-look Longford Leader was brighter and more appealing.
“I think it’s very colourful and it looks very modern,” said Erin to nods of agreement from her friends.
Fiona O'Keeffe was particularly impressed with the new colours that separate each section of the paper, making it easy for the reader to find exactly what they're looking for, be it sport, lifestyle or community news.
“It’s a much better design,” she said as she examined some of the pages in last week’s paper.
“It’s easier and colour-coded for everyone to find their way through it - especially if there's somebody you know in it. You’ll always go straight to the section they’re in. It’s a much better idea,” she concluded.