After much planning and preparation the new-look Leitrim Observer was unveiled last week and the reaction has been extremely positive.
Before the paper hit the shelves last Wednesday morning details of some of the new features and columnists had been announced leading to plenty of favourable comments from readers online.
Máirín Ní Mháirtín said she was particularly looking forward to the new columns from Fiona Heavey and Leonie McKiernan when she said on Facebook: “Congrats to all at the Leitrim Observer. Really looking forward to buying it tomorrow. Looking forward to following Fiona and Leonie around the county. We are a great wee county and have so much to offer.”
Those sentiments were echoed by Cllr Mary Bohan who wished the paper well saying: “Best of luck to the editor and staff with the new look Leitrim Observer. Looking forward to it.”
Former county councillor, Francie Gilmartin, thanked the staff for the coverage he received during his time as a local representative adding: “Many more happy years to a great team who did so much over the years to get my message out there, continue the great work.”
When the new-look paper was unveiled last Wednesday morning the messages proved to be equally positive with readers taking to social media and contacting the paper directly to provide glowing feedback.
Desmond Wisely voiced his approval when he said: “I bought it today, I must make it a habit to buy more often and support local.”
Monica Ward also expressed her approval when she said: “Well done to all concerned. Where would we be without the Leitrim Observer every Wednesday,” while Martha Kenny said: “It looks great, well done to all involved.”
David Walsh's column recalling his time in Leitrim proved to be particularly popular with Evelyn McCabe commenting: “Very enjoyable read on his time in County Leitrim. Never knew David Walsh had worked for Leitrim Observer. Brilliant journalist.”
The paper also made its mark on the GAA with Leitrim County Board pro Declan Bohan writing in last weekend's match prog- ramme saying: “I wish to acknowledge the contrib- ution of John Connolly and Willie Donnellan of the Leitrim Observer and in thanking the paper for its continued coverage of our activities, I wish them the best of luck with the new paper design and layout revealed this week.”
A pleasure to work alongside the Leitrim Observer team on their refreshed paper, out tomorrow. They've produced a fine edition, with superb pieces from @seamus_orourke, @rego101 & @DavidWalshST, who started his career at the Observer and was editor at 23!— Alan English (@AlanEnglish9) February 5, 2019
Among the numerous messages of congratulations received over the past week was an email from Derek Cobbe who said: “Just a brief email to say 'well done' to all concerned for the new layout. The content of the Leitrim Observer has always been good, but the new layout makes it even better - and the new design also makes full use of excellent photographic coverage.
“I just love when people make such an effort, instead of going around sobbing about how social media is affecting the printed paper - the novelty of social media will peak someday, sooner rather than later, and social media is just 'the catechism', the local paper will always prove to be 'the bible', and long may it remain that way.”