The Leinster Express is embarking into an exciting new era with confirmation that it and its sister titles, have been purchased by businessman, Malcolm Denmark.
Mr Denmark was in Ireland last week for the announcement of the purchase and said it represented a new chapter in the history of the landmark Co Laois paper. The purchase also includes another eleven leading provincial papers, including the Naas-based, Leinster Leader.
Mr Denmark said he was privileged and honoured to purchase the Leinster Express – given its unique place and importance in the history of the county.
He said he sees a great future for the Express and its undoubted strength rests with its deep sense of community and the rich local content.
“Our aim is to make sure we remain the pre-eminent source of news and information in our local communities, whether that news is accessed in print or digitally,” he said.
The successful businessman said he was really looking forward to working with the staff at the Express and that he has already been greatly impressed by the team and indeed the county and town on his few visits here to date.
He went on to say: “The Express is a unique paper with a rich history and place of importance in the county. We want to build on that success and it is my intention that the Leader and its sister papers will be managed and ran from within Ireland.”
He emphasised that the Express has printed since 1831 and he is extremely conscious of the unique role it plays in community life in Co Laois and the surrounding counties.
“We are just custodians for what is a very important brand – arguably the foremost brand in Laois. That is a significant responsibility and one which we will take very seriously,” he said.
Confirmation of the sale of the paper was welcomed by editor, Pat Somers.
“It is a new dawn for the paper and all the staff, contributors, newsagents and everybody associated with what is a local institution. We have met with Malcolm a number of times now and are greatly impressed by his enthusiasm for the local community and the paper. #
“We really look forward to working with him and are keen to take the paper on what will be an exciting, innovative and enriching new chapter,” he said.