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Newspapers and Journals


We hold a wide range of newspapers and journals relating to Mayo from the earliest newspaper in 1830 to the parish annuals which are popular annual sellers to this very day.

Most of our newspapers are held on microfilm in our Local Studies Dept. in Castlebar though some can be searched digitally in selected library branches.

  • Journals

     We try to collect all journals and magazines published locally. The major historical titles are: 

    Castlebar Parish Magazine (annually, from 1971).

    An Index for the Castlebar Parish Magazine (1971- current) may now be viewed by selecting  

     

    Cathair na Mart; Journal of the Westport Historical Society. (annually, from 1981) 

    North Mayo Historical and Archaeological Society Journal (annually, 1982-1995)  
     

    With kind permission of compiler Noel O'Neill you can check the searchable 
    Indexes of: 

    • Cathair na Mart, 1981-2012  and 
    • North Mayo Historical Journal (requires Acrobat Reader - opens new window)  
    • Mayo Association Yearbook (annually, from 1984) 
    • Journal of the South Mayo Family Research Centre (annually, from 1989) 
    • Muintir Acla: Achill Island Journal (quarlerly, from 1995) 
    • Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland (also in digital format) 
    • Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society 

     

     

  • Newspaper Illustrations 

    Welcome to Mayo County Library's collection of historical newspaper illustrations. These illustrations date mainly from the mid to late 19th century and the majority are from two publications: "The Illustrated London News" and "The Graphic".

    They provide a contemporary pictorial view of some of the most significant episodes in Irish history: the famine of the 1840s and 1880s; the Land War including the campaign of the Land League and the Boycott affair. Famous Irish historical figures depicted include Davitt, Parnell and Boycott.

    Mayo County Library wishes to acknowledge the generosity of Maggie Land Blanck, Brooklyn, New York, who donated a number of the illustrations in this collection. 

    There are over a hundred illustrations available to view on the website. Please use the page selection bar above the images to navigate through the site. 

    View the Historical Newspaper Illustrations Collection 

  • Newspapers

     

    Issues of Local Newspapers held by the Library Service. 

    Name 

    Town 

    Start of Collection 

    End of Collection 

    The Aegis 

    Castlebar 

    23/6/1841 

    26/11/1842 

    Ballina Advertiser 

    Ballina 

    10/1/1840 

    10/11/1843 

    Ballina Chronicle 

    Ballina 

    2/5/1849 

    14/8/1851 

    Ballina Herald 

    Ballina 

    22/10/1891 

    21/7/1892 

    Ballina Herald 

    Ballina 

    1/9/1892 

    10/11/1892 

    Ballina Herald 

    Ballina 

    17/4/1913 

    22/6/1922 

    Ballina Herald 

    Ballina 

    3/8/1922 

    25/12/1924 

    Ballina Herald * 

    Ballina 

    6/8/1927 

    28/4/1962 

    Ballina Impartial 

    Ballina 

    13/1/1823 

    16/11/1835 

    Ballina Journal 

    Ballina 

    13/11/1882 

    11/3/1895 

    Ballinrobe Chronicle * 

    Ballinrobe 

    22/9/1866 

    1/10/1903 

    Connaught Telegraph (Connaught Ranger) 

    Castlebar 

    22/9/1830 
    13/5/1876 

    31/8/1870 
    current 

    Connaught Watchman 

    Ballina 

    2/8/1851 

    3/10/1863 

    Mayo Constitution 

    Castlebar 

    3/1/1828 

    18/11/1871 

    Mayo Examiner 

    Castlebar 

    6/7/1868 

    6/6/1903 

    Mayoman 

    Castlebar 

    14/6/1919 

    30/10/1920 

    Mayoman 

    Castlebar 

    19/2/1921 

    11/6/1921 

    Mayo Mercury 

    Castlebar 

    25/1/1840 

    6/3/1841 

    Mayo News 

    Westport 

    7/1/1893 

    current 

    Tyrawly Herald 

    Ballina 

    25/1/1844 

    1/9/1870 

    Western Gem 

    Ballina 

    1/4/1843 

    9/12/1843 

    Western Journal * 

    Ballina 

    3/6/1977 

    11/3/1983 

    Western People * 

    Ballina 

    4/5/1889 

    current 

     
    * Digitised versions of these newspapers can now be viewed on computers in Castlebar, Ballina, Westport, Claremorris and Swinford libraries. In addition to browsing the newspapers you can now search the text. 

    Currently the following newspapers have been digitised : 

    • Western People, 1889 -2009  
    • Ballina Herald,  1927-1962  
    • Ballinrobe Chronicle, 1866-1903   
    • Western Journal, 1977-1983 
    • Connaught Telegraph,  1830-2009 
    • Mayo News,  1893-2009 
    • Mayo Examiner,  1868-1876 

      

    Issues of National Newspapers held by the Library Service. 

    Name 

    Start of Collection 

    End of Collection 

    Freeman's Journal 

    10/9/1765 

    2/7/1808 

    Freeman's Journal 

    17/12/1857 

    30/12/1871 

    Irish Independent 

    1/9/1951 

    31/10/1951 

    Irish Independent 

    1/9/1952 

    21/10/1952 

    Irish Press 

    1/9/1936 

    31/10/1936 

    Irish Times 

    1867 

    1932 

      

    1984 

    1987 

     

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