A new chapter in the distinguished history of your local newspaper, The Tipperary Star, has begun with the purchase by Iconic Newspapers Ltd, owned by businessman Malcolm Denmark.
Mr Denmark expressed his delight at becoming the papers’ new owner, after the Johnston Press media group sold its 14 regional titles in the Republic of Ireland for a reported €8.7 million.
“I feel lucky and privileged to have boughtThe Tipperary Star. It has come back into private hands,I think that newspapers and local news content have a great future in this country, not least because of the fantastic sense of community that still exists here. Our aim is to make sure that we remain the pre-eminent source of news and information in our local communities, whether that content is consumed via a traditional print product or digitally,”Mr Denmark said this week.
He went on to give an assurance that the newspapers would continue to be produced and published locally, saying: “Ireland is a unique market – it is my intention that this business will be managed and run from within the country.”
The Tipperary Star has served the community for well over ten decades and Mr Denmark said he was extremely conscious of the paper’s role in local life.
Commenting on the sale, Managing Director, Irene Hamilton said “This is a bright new chapter for The Tipperary Star and I’m delighted to see them coming back into private ownership again. Most of these titles are over one hundred years old and all are well respected newspapers in each of their own communities. I look forward to working with Malcolm on developing these great local brands and securing them for future generations,” she said.
Among the other titles in the group in this region are The Nationalist in Clonmel - our sister paper; The Limerick Leader and Limerick Chronicle and the Kilkenny People.
The move has been welcomed by staff members who view it as being very positive.