The Meath Chronicle celebrates one hundred years in print.

The Meath Chronicle based in Navan is a newspaper which has moved with the times from its earliest days. The newspaper is a family business, owned and operated by the Davis family since 1917.

Print runs literally in their veins.

When one of the Davis family starts working for the Meath Chronicle, there is no such thing as preferential treatment, explains managing director Jack Davis. His first jobs were sweeping the floor, making up posters and typesetting.

Working his way through the ranks as older family members passed on Jack Davis has seen many changes, but the readers' needs have remained the same. Local news matters and sells.

People are robbing, people are stealing people are doing all kinds of things, but they did all those hundreds of years ago as well.

The next generation of the David family are at the forefront of the publication these days, and continue to cover all the major events in the Royal County. The opening of Tara Mines, the riots before the Bob Dylan concert at Slane Castle and the appointment of local Teachta Dála (TD) John Bruton as Taoiseach are some of the news stories that stand out for editor Ken Davis.

The success of the Meath Gaelic Football team against Dublin in over the famous four game 1991 Leinster Championship battle is the sporting event that stands out for sports editor Paul Clarke,

It gripped the county…and eventually we beat them, it was fantastic.

Local gossip, reports on court cases and death notices are always popular, with copies of the paper sent through the post to Meath natives living abroad.

The centenary celebrations for the Meath Chronicle have included a show covering one hundred years of women's fashion. Margot Davis established 'Modern Woman' thirteen years ago, the first newspaper supplement in Ireland aimed exclusively at female readers. At that time other regional papers had no interest in taking her idea on board,

They laughed at me. They said, you must be joking, women don't read newspapers.

This report for 'Nationwide' was broadcast on 30 May 1997. The reporter is Mary Fanning.