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Crossmaglen based newspaper The Examiner has stopped publication for good following the suspension of publication of the paper in March, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Local businesses especially Newspapers have been hard hit by Covid-19 with a steep reduction in advertising revenue especially challenging. 

The Cross Examiner was extremely popular throughout South Armagh with it's extensive sports coverage especially eagerly awaited by local GAA fans. The business which ran from 1992 starting off as the Slieve Gullion View had Gerry Murray filing the seat of Editor for most of those years. Tragically their Photographer Mickey O'Rourke passed away in 2019 after many years as the public face of the paper.

In a note on their Facebook page today announcing the decision, a statement read "Having suspended printing of The Examiner in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we wish to announce that we have reached the difficult decision not to resume publication.

"We take this opportunity to thank our loyal readership, advertisers and contributors for their steadfast support over the last 28 years, which enabled ‘the wee paper’ to form an integral part of community life across south Armagh.

"We offer our appreciation to the many individuals and groups from the business, statutory and voluntary sectors with whom we have been fortunate to work alongside.

"Above all, we thank our loyal staff for their dedicated and committed service to The Examiner and offer them our heartfelt best wishes for the future.

"With best regards Gerry, Elizabeth, Joanne and Josephine"

Newry City Councillor Michael Savage who was a former editor of the paper spoke of his sadness at the closure "As the first Editor of The Examiner back in ‘92 I’m so sorry to hear the news that the paper won’t be publishing again. The paper meant so much to the people of South Armagh over the last 28 years and will be sorely missed. I wish Gerry, Elizabeth and all the family the very best wishes for the future"

Also commenting on the announcement Slieve Gullion Councillor Aoife Finnegan said “As a local south Armagh Councillor and community activist I want to say thank you to all involved with the Examiner newspaper over this past 28 years.

"This is a serious and precarious time for all sectors of the economy. Business closure announcements  have a real human cost, job losses impact on employees and their families. I hope that all those effected will receive support and hopefully find employment”

Cllr Pete Byrne added "The paper meant a lot to many people across our community over the last 3 decades. I wish you and your family well for the future. Enjoy your well earned retirement."

Newry.ie would like to thank Gerry and Elizabeth and all at the Examiner for all their kind assistance over the years and wish them all well for the future.

 

 

 

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