THE Leinster Express is delighted to announce an exciting and major new chapter in its history with the move of the newspaper to its new office premises at 107 Lower Main Street.
From this Thursday, the paper will be located firmly in the heart of Laois, when it takes up residence at its new Portlaoise offices.
The transition to 107 Lower Main Street further underlines the paper's ongoing and continued commitment to the local community, and the social and business life of the county.
Indeed, the Express' new position represents a coup for Main Street, and it has been welcomed by Matthew Kennelly, Chairman of the Downtown Portlaoise Traders Group and EBS Manager.
“It's great to see the Leinster Express moving into town," said Mr Kennelly.
"The Express is an integral part of Laois. From a Main Street and business point of view, it is a very welcome addition to the area and it's wonderful to see another building that was vacant, filling up.
"We wish the Express well in its new premises, and look forward to working with the team there in the years ahead," added Mr Kennelly.
The move downtown is an auspicious one for any number of reasons.
When the new office opens for business on Thursday, it will be home to a newspaper that is celebrating its 185th birthday this year, making it one of the oldest regional newspapers in the country.
That record of service to its county is something the Express can take some small measure of pride in, having been part of the fabric of Laois life for nigh on two centuries.
"In an evolving media landscape, and constantly changing world, the Express is well positioned to continue and enhance its service to the local community, through the medium of print and digital," said Editor Pat Somers
"As part of the Iconic group of newspapers, we are now to the forefront in delivering a daily news offering to the people of Laois and beyond, on our digital platform at www.leinsterexpress.ie."
It may all seem a far cry from September 24, 1831 when the first four page tabloid sized issue appeared on the streets of Laois.
But, in essence, it's not really.
In his inaugural editorial introducing the new newspaper, the first owner Henry W. Talbot set out the ethos of the new publication: “Bound to no party, the partisans of no faction, we pledge ourselves to perform the arduous duties of a public journalist fearlessly and impartially, neither aspiring to the patronage of the great and powerful, or courting the smiles of an ephemeral popularity.”
This ethos has informed the Express down through the years and we hope it will for many years to come.
Call in to see us at 107 Lower Main Street.