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OK, let’s get the history out of the way first. The Tuam Herald is one of the oldest newspapers in the Republic of Ireland, dating from May 1837 — the same year Queen Victoria came to the throne. The paper was involved in all the major causes of Irish history since then, from the Repeal Movement of Daniel O’Connell through the campaign to relieve the horrors of the Famine, to the Land War of the 1880s and on through the tumultuous early decades of the 20th century.
Reading through the files of those bygone years can be addictive, but in its day to day life the paper does what it always did: it looks to the next edition, and all the elements that come together to make The Tuam Herald a weekly must for many thousands of loyal readers.
It has always been a family business, controlled by three generations of the Kelly family from 1837 to 1930, and since then by three generations of the Burke family. John Burke was in turn foreman printer, manager and then editor after he joined the business in 1900. Now his grandson, David Burke, is editor and managing director.
The Tuam Herald of the 21st century brings a modern twist to the local newspaper business. Our team of talented writers, including Jim Carney, sports and farm editor, Tony Galvin, news editor and provocative columnist, Siobhán Holliman, Tom Gilmore, Jacqueline Hogge, Fiona McGarry and our award-winning photographer Ray Ryan, and our many correspondents, serves up a weekly menu of news, sport, comment, arts and culture and local notes that nourishes community life in Tuam and North and East Galway.
How to get your news into The Herald
OUR columns are open to all our readers. We welcome contributions in the form of letters to the editor, personal or local news items, and local notes. They are part of the fabric of the newspaper and of the community in which it circulates. We also welcome photographs. Where these are supplied electronically, they should be of sufficient file size to reproduce properly. Further information from firstname.lastname@example.org.
While email is now the most common method by which we get news, we are happy to accept written material. This should be typed or printed on standard A4 paper. Handwriting, if unavoidable, should be clear and legible. Take particular care with personal names and place names. If you make a mistake writing a number, stroke the number through and write it again. Do not overwrite.
Write the topic at the top of the sheet, or in the case of an item for local notes, the area notes for which it is intended, e.g. Tuam Town Topics, Dunmore, Kilconly, etc. Give the item a short heading e.g GARDEN COMPETITION. Write on one side of the paper only. At the bottom, give your name, address and a contact phone number. These will not be published unless it is obvious that you want this, in which case you should include them also in the text of the note, e.g. in the case of a club or organisation giving an information contact person. Anonymous contributions are not welcome.
NO FREE ADVERTISEMENTS, PLEASE!
Please note that there is no charge for local notes, photographs or obituaries. This is a free service to our readers. However, advertising is an important part of our revenue: without it your Herald would cost at least twice its current cover price. Therefore, please do not abuse local notes columns by trying to slip in advertisements for free. We are happy to publicise community activities but we must draw the line at events where there is a clear profit for an individual e.g paid-for classes. Notices re employment, tenders etc. should be in paid-for advertising columns, or if they are requested specifically for local notes, should be backed up by advertising.
We hope these hints are useful: we will update them regularly. If you have any queries, we will be glad to deal with them.