Donegal People's Press

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Donegal People's Press
Logo of Donegal People’s Press.png
TypeWeekly Newspaper
Owner(s)Iconic Newspapers
EditorMichael Daly
Political alignmentNationalist
HeadquartersLetterkenny, County Donegal
CirculationTuesday: 10,059;[1]

The Donegal People's Press (formerly Donegal People's Press and Derry and Tyrone News) is a weekly local newspaper in north County Donegal, Ireland. The paper is published every Tuesday in the north of the county, and a separate edition of the paper, with some alterations, is published in the south of the county, as the Tuesday edition of the Donegal Democrat. Both editions had a combined ABC circulation of 10,059 for the first half of 2007. It is owned by Iconic Newspapers.


The People's Press was first published in April 1931 and was based in Lifford, the county town of Donegal.[2]

Champion Publications Limited was formed by W.F. Townsend and the then Senator John Mclaughlin in 1932 for the specific purpose of taking over The Sligo Champion and The People's Press, established earlier that year in Lifford, Donegal and later renamed The Donegal People's Press.

The new company was registered on August 1, 1933.[3]

In 1963 the paper adopted its shorter name and is now almost entirely integrated with the long established Donegal Democrat. The Democrat's base was traditionally in the south, but has expanded to become the only paper to be published across the entire county with its main Thursday broadsheet title.

In 1995, the People's Press, as part of the Donegal Democrat Group, was bought by the Derry Journal Group which in turn became part of Trinity Mirror. In 2004 the paper was purchased by the 3i holding company Local Press Ltd, and changed hands again in 2005, when Johnston Press took over Local Press. In 2014, Iconic Newspapers acquired Johnson Press' titles in the Republic of Ireland.[4]


Both the People's Press and the Democrat share many common features and columns such as 'Gabrielle’s Diary', a society column which sees the column’s writer Gabrielle McMonagle, attend local charity and social events; an agricultural page entitled 'Farming Week'; a special section called 'Letterkenny in Focus', looking at developments in the county’s largest town; local notes for the various towns and villages in the county; death, birth and marriage announcements; and job, motor and property sections in partnership with the Irish sections of the Johnston Press owned websites, 'Jobs Today', 'Motors Today' and 'Property Today'.

The People's Press (Tuesday Democrat), is in compact format and is seventy-two pages with full colour and has several other characteristics that separates it from the Thursday paper, and makes is less 'rigid'. It contains a seven-day TV guide, a weekly contribution from the youth media website 'Spun Out', and columnists such as 'Pat’s Patch' by Pat McArt.


  1. ^ ABC Certificate for Donegal People's Press/Donegal Democrat (Tuesday) [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ National Library of Ireland Newspaper Database
  3. ^ The Sligo Champion 7 December 2011, obituary of Mr. John Mclaughlin (Shan), St. Oran's Road, Buncrana, County Donegal, a former Director of Champion Publications Limited.
  4. ^ "Johnston Press sells its 14 titles in the Republic". Irish Times. Retrieved 2014-08-22.

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