Longford firm Turner's Printing has gone into liquidation after over 180 years in business.

The firm ceased trading on Friday, bringing the curtain down on close to two centuries in operation.

"It is with great sadness that the Turner family closed their company Turner's Printing Company Limited on Friday 13th March," a statement issued to the Longford Leader outlined this morning.

It is understood up to 50 jobs are affected by the closure.

The business stopped short of blaming the decision on the escalating Covid-19 crisis, blaming the move on ever increasing market competition from across the border.

"Competition particularly from Northern Ireland in the last few years has become very fierce, putting immense pressure on our margins," said the statement.

"A declining print marketplace, a very challenging employer's liability climate and the negative outlook for the economy due to current circumstances made the outlook for our business unsustainable.

"We would like to thank our many loyal staff, customers and suppliers that have been with the company down through the years and without whom we would not have been able to be able to operate as a family run business for 180 years," added the statement.