In the centre spread of this final edition of 2014, Leader journalists select some of their favourite stories of the year, reminding us once again that news never stops in Limerick. It was the year this paper celebrated 125 years of publication and 2014 will surely take its place as being among the most eventful since our first edition rolled off the press in August 1889.
May’s local elections effectively completed the historic merger of Limerick’s two councils. Before the year was out we had only one council but two mayors – go figure.
Dominating 2014, though, was the City of Culture programme which recovered from the extreme turbulence of that infamous public meeting at the beginning of January and went on seize the opportunity presented to Limerick. Some had seen it as a rebranding exercise but it was far more than that – a fitting stage for the artistic talents of many, enjoyed by hundreds of thousands - and a notable success when all was said and done.
This edition focuses on the highs and lows of 2014, including a look at how the local business, property and agricultural sectors fared. As we have already noted, it was a big year for Limerick’s newspaper of record and we move on now to telling the next chapter in the Limerick story. We wish all our readers and advertisers and a very happy and peaceful Christmas and we thank you for your support during the year. The next edition of the weekend Leader will be with you bright and early on New Year’s Day. We look forward to serving you again in 2015.