Northern Whig

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The Northern Whig (from 1919 the Northern Whig and Belfast Post) was a daily regional newspaper in Ireland which was first published in 1832 in Belfast when it was founded by John Arnott. It was published twice weekly, Monday and Thursday, until 1849 when it increased publication to three days a week, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. In 1858, The Northern Whig became a daily paper.[1]

Its editorial line was liberal and unionist and it was seen as reflecting a Presbyterian slant on the news.[2] Among its most notable editors was Joseph R. Fisher, B.L., who was in 1924 appointed Unionist commissioner of the Irish Boundary Commission.[3]

The company changed its name to Northern Whig and Belfast Post in 1919. Three years later The Northern Whig moved to new premises on Bridge Street, where it remained until the paper ceased in 1963.[4] These were damaged during the Belfast Blitz on 15 April 1941, when Bridge Street was almost decimated by the German Luftwaffe. On Thursday, 17 April 1941, the paper reported, ‘A heavy death roll, possibly 200, is expected as a result of yesterday morning’s German air raid on Northern Ireland. Residential districts in Belfast were the main targets, and sections of the city far removed from military objectives were laid in ruins’. From 1963 until 1997 the building housed offices. In 1997, the building was renovated and turned into a pub, The Northern Whig.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Northern Whig in British Newspaper Archive". The British Newspaper Archive. 
  2. ^ "What did Churchill really think about Ireland?". The International Churchill Society. Retrieved 2017-12-25. 
  3. ^ "Ulster Editor on Boundary Board" (PDF). New York Times. New York City. 1924-10-19. p. A16. Retrieved 2014-09-10. 
  4. ^ "Newspapers". National Library of Ireland. Retrieved 2017-12-25.