Western People

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Hugh Oram looks at the role 'The Western People' plays in keeping emigrants informed of all the local news.

  • Title
    Mayo Newspapers
  • 1st Broadcast
    22/12/1992
  • Contributor
    Hugh Oram (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:13
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    Paper Tigers
  • Clip title
    Western People
  • Extended description

    Hugh Oram looks at the role 'The Western People' plays in keeping emigrants informed of all the local news.

    Newspaper chair Rita de Vere Durcan explains that 'The Western People' is like a letter from home, read by second and third generation ex-pats who may have lost their Irish links. Because the West of Ireland's emigration rate is so high, 'The Western People' is read as closely abroad as it is in Mayo, with about 10% of their sales overseas.

  • Information

    This episode of 'Paper Tigers' focuses on newspapers based in Mayo.

    'Paper Tigers' was a radio series about Ireland's newspapers and the people who worked on them. It was presented by Hugh Oram, who wrote the accompanying book 'Paper Tigers' (1993).

    The first episode was broadcast on 22 September 1992.

    The photograph accompanying this clip is a view of Ballina, Mayo, in 1974 where 'The Western People' is based.

    The photographer was Ronan Lee.

  • Local keywords
    Journalism, Communications, Newspaper, Print Media, Local Newspaper, The Western People, Emigration, Diaspora, Rita de Vere Durcan
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
  • Production year
    1992
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    BB4092
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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