The Dundalk Advertiser to cease publication
Local newspaper The Dundalk Advertiser is to cease publication with immediate effect.
The monthly freesheet is one of 11 titles being terminated by publishers Observer Newspapers NI.
The Dungannon-based company announced its decision to close its titles on the front pages of this week’s papers.
It blamed “challenging circumstances” in the weekly newspaper industry, saying it had “struggled to achieve long-term sustainability.”
The Dundalk Advertiser has been been published in the area for decades but has been less prominent in recent years following the establishment of The Dundalk Leader as a free weekly newspaper and the concentration of media online.While many local businesses would have advertised in it over the years and despite its title, it was primarily put together in the North.
Aside from The Dundalk Advertiser the other affected titles are: The Armagh Observer, The Armagh Down Observer, The Ballymena Chronicle, The Democrat, The Dungannon Observer, The Fermanagh News, The Lurgan and Portadown Examiner, The Mid-Ulster Observer, The Newry Advertiser and The Ulster Farmer.
In a statement, the firm said: “The newspaper industry has been subject to a steady decline in advertising and readership over recent years.
“We wish to sincerely thank our readers and advertisers for their support down through the years.”
Pictured above: The Observer Newspapers NI group’s decision to close on the front page of The Armagh Observer this week