Literary heritage event looks at journalism - past, present and future

Carrick-on-Shannon & District Historical Society’s upcoming Literary Heritage event, Journalism - Past, Present & Future, will be held on Saturday, 15th September from 2-7 pm at the Local History Centre in Carrick’s Market Yard.

Carrick-on-Shannon & District Historical Society’s upcoming Literary Heritage event, Journalism - Past, Present & Future, will be held on Saturday, 15th September from 2-7 pm at the Local History Centre in Carrick’s Market Yard.

Irish people have by tradition been avid readers but with the internet and social media, news travels much faster than the traditional newsprint can be produced.

The number of newspapers has fallen; indeed in general most newspapers engage the internet as well as print medium to carry the news. Journalism is changing, of that there is no doubt. Where has it come from, and where is it going both nationally and locally? The Symposium will address these issues in a casual and informative session, which includes presentations covering a range of aspects.

Speakers for the afternoon include:

Former politician and historian Farrell McElgunn who will open discussion with a reflection on Carrick native M J McManus as a journalist and editor, and the legacy he has left to later generations in highlighting the importance of history and literature in the life of the nation.

Veteran journalist James Downey of the Irish Independent will focus on early journalism, while journalist, writer and playwright John Waters of the Irish Times will discuss the changes that have occurred in the profession and what his view of the future for journalism entails. Long-time Leitrim Observer editor Claire McGovern will look at local journalism and its impact and future.

Moderator of the event is the Historical Society’s Chair, John Feely. Places are limited to 60, and the admission fee is €20 which includes tea and sandwiches. Bookings may be had by email to cos.localhistorycentre@gmail.com or ringing 086 067 5283. Full programme details will be available on www.carrickheritage.com in the coming week.