As parish priest of Borris-in-Ossory, Fr Jackie Robinson feels the local paper is important for bonding the community and motivating people.
“People live for the Leinster Express. Especially the various pieces in the local notes. People can’t wait for it on a Tuesday morning. The local paper plays a very important role in bonding the local community and motivating groups by showing people what hard working groups there are in the community, such as the Tidy Towns or the GAA,” he said.
The Borris-in-Ossory PP said the local notes extends his parish news.
“It’s a great help to see items from our weekly bulletin in the local notes. We have refurbished the three churches in the parish over the last few years and this week people who don’t attend mass can see that we have made the final payment on that debt through the local notes,” he said.
He says the local paper motivates other people in the community. As recent winners in the Laois Federation of Tidy Towns competitions, Fr Robinson says publishing notes and pictures of groups such as the Tidy Towns motivates people to get out and do it again next year.
“The local paper is of tremendous value to the parish and when people see their picture in the paper it encourages them to get out and do it all again next year.
“It also motivates other people, who aren’t involved, through its power of advertising. It shows what people are doing in their parish or community.”
The Kilkenny native concluded: “The local newspaper is of tremendous value in every parish in the county. It’s a notice board, it gives people encouragement and it brings people together.”