The Leader: Brighter, bolder and better - Limerick's new free tabloid

Eugene Phelan, editor

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Eugene Phelan, editor

The Leader: UL student Chelsea Clockner gets a sneak preview of our new free newspaper in Rift Cafe on Mallow Street Picture: Adrian Butler

The Leader: UL student Chelsea Clockner gets a sneak preview of our new free newspaper in Rift Cafe on Mallow Street Picture: Adrian Butler

SINCE 1889 journalists with the Limerick Leader have been providing news to the people of the region through its various publications.

And as we get closer to the newspaper’s 130th anniversary, the team at the Limerick Leader is proud to announce plans to publish a new free tabloid paper, which will be called The Leader.

This new free newspaper will hit the streets on Wednesday, February 28, and every Wednesday thereafter.

Editorial director with Iconic newspapers, Alan English, and a design team have been working on this new product for the past number of months and sample copies shown to Leader readers have met with a chorus of approval.

It is bright, it is bold and it is completely different. It is a free newspaper like you have never seen before. This will greatly add to our unrivaled coverage of news in Limerick in both print and online on our award winning website www.limerickleader.ie.

A total of 36,000 copies will be distributed each week around the city and its environs, which includes 18,500 door to door, confirming that The Leader will have the biggest door to door circulation, not only in Limerick but the whole of Munster.

It also represents a superb commercial opportunity for businesses to get on board a new and exciting product. 

The weekend Limerick Leader, dated February 24, 2018, will also have a new redesigned Leader 2 section, which will be tabloid and will include sport, county notes, features, entertainment.

From March 1, there will be an expanded archive section under the banner of the Limerick Chronicle.

This new redesigned section, which will be called L2, will be the same in all three broadsheet editions, County, City and West.

We are delighted that the much respected historian, researcher and author, Sharon Slater, is joining the Limerick Leader team. She will be helping to produce the Limerick Chronicle every week, which will be inserted as part of the weekend paper.

The files of the Limerick Leader, founded in 1889 and the Limerick Chronicle in 1768, along with hundreds of thousands of photographic images will be explored each week by Sharon, who will shine a light into Limerick’s rich history.

We look forward to sharing all of this with you.

Eugene Phelan, editor