Westmeath Examiner

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The Westmeath Examiner is a broadsheet newspaper in Westmeath, Ireland. It was founded in 1882. The Westmeath Examiner is a sister paper of the Westmeath Independent which circulates in the Athlone area of the county. The Westmeath Examiner circulates in the north of the county and is based in Mullingar, the capital town of Westmeath. In May 2004, both papers were sold by their owners Martin Nally and Ronald Carroll to Celtic Media Group - a subsidiary of the Scottish owned Dunfermline Press - along with the third sister paper Offaly Independent for a sum believed to be in excess of €20m. In June 2012, the Irish management team of Celtic Media Group acquired the business and assets of the group for €5.5 million. [1]

Other Irish newspaper titles that are part of the same stable include The Anglo Celt, in Cavan; The Meath Chronicle in Navan; and, since May 2014, The Connaught Telegraph.

According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, the paper had an average weekly circulation of 9,687 during the first six months of 2006. For the same period in 2011, it had an average weekly circulation of 5,719, a fall that was in line with industry trends, which, broadly, endured sudden sharp declines in paid-for sales. [2]

However, following a move from a Wednesday publication date to a Tuesday, and a concerted effort to drive its digital offering, the newspaper is enjoying renewed growth in paid-for sales.

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