Regional newspapers conference


The University of Limerick hosts an important conference on the future of the regional newspaper industry in Ireland on December 1 next.

Media organisations in Ireland are struggling for profitability and, in some cases, survival. The regional newspaper industry, in particular, has suffered a corrosion of titles, jobs and audiences.

The economic crisis, the emergence of the web as an additional outlet for news publication, and people’s changing habits of news consumption are all increasing the strain on the industry.

Yet regional newspapers retain a crucial place in documenting the social, economic, political, legal, cultural and sporting lives of local communities in Irish society.

The University of Limerick invites you to a one-day conference at which industry representatives and academics will examine the challenges facing the regional newspaper industry, evaluate the changing position of the local newspaper in Irish communities, and debate the industry’s future prospects and strategies to survive and remain relevant.

The conference will take place in the Millstream Common Room, University of Limerick campus, on Thursday 1 December next. The registration fee, payable on the day, is €20. Tea/coffee and lunch are included.

Conference attendance is open to all interested parties.

A conference on the future of Ireland’s regional newspaper industry will be held on December 1 at the University of Limerick.

Keynote Speaker: Prof Roy Greenslade, City University London and Guardian blogger

Crisis in Ireland’s regional newspaper industry: Consequences for the public and the journalistic profession

Organising committee: Dr Anthony Cawley, Tom Felle, and Anthony Quinn


Professor Roy


Professor of

Journalism at

City University,

London, former

editor of The

Daily Mirror, and

regular contributor

to The Guardian;

Joe Webb, Chief Executive, Independent News and Media Ireland;

Seamus Dooley, Irish Secretary, National Union of Journalists;

Sheila Reilly, Editor, the Longford Leader;

Frank Mulrennan, Chief Executive, Celtic Media Group;

Gerry Collison, Managing Director, Middle Eye Media

Joe Flaherty, Managing Director Johnston Press North and President, Regional Newspapers and Printers Association of Ireland;

Tom Felle, head of journalism section, University of Limerick.

Dr Anthony Cawley, Institute for the Study of Knowledge in Society, University of Limerick.

Anthony Quinn, journalism section, University of Limerick.

Dr Kevin Rafter, Senior Lecturer in Political Communication and Journalism, Dublin City University

Harry Browne, Lecturer, School of Media, Dublin Institute of Technology and journalist;

Dr Mark Wehrly, Member of Executive Committee, Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland


The University of Limerick is in Castletroy, on the Dublin side of Limerick city. Links to local hotels are below:

Carlton Castletroy ****

Kilmurray Lodge Hotel  ***

Travelodge Castletroy  **

Directions to the University

From Dublin: Take M7 from Dublin, exit at Exit 28 and follow ‘Old Dublin Road’ until you come to the first roundabout. At first round about, take third exit (blue gates, signposted Limerick Technology Park) and follow road for approximately two kilometres until you come to University main entrance.

Please click here for a PDF of directions from motorway.

Campus Map

For a map of the University campus with directions to the Millstream Common Room, and parking, please click here for map.

Pleas note:

Main entrance to university of marked (1)

Visitor parking is marked (15)

Millstream common room  - conference venue - is marked (12)