James Burns, born
in Newtownhamilton, first published the Newry Reporter on Saturday, 16th
November, 1867 from his printing works at Monaghan Street.
having died, his son Arthur Burns published the last issue in the Burns name on
Friday, 24th May, 1901.
Joseph Wright was
the new proprietor, printing the paper at the Newry Printing and Lithographic
Works at 29 Hill Street. The printing works was destroyed by fire on 8th
December, 1910 (Cathedral Gardens). Wright decided not to restart the Reporter
and emigrated to Canada where he entered into the real estate business.
re-appeared on Tuesday 28th March, 1911 – four months later. The paper
was acquired by Robert Sands who provided modern machinery and equipment at the
Clanrye Mills, New Street – stationery and advertising departments at Sugar
Island. Robert Sands carried on the mills and Reporter until his death in
June, 1915. In 1912 the Reporter had transferred to its present home at 4
Executors of Mr
Sands continued the publication of the newspaper until 1927. On Tuesday,
3rd May of that year the name Sands disappeared from the Reporter imprint and
was replaced by Hodgett – Edward Hodgett J.P. A native of Dungannon he
entered the printing trade there and in 1911 came to Newry in the capacity of
traveller for the Reporter printing works when it was owned by Robert
Sands. In 1920 Mr Hodgett started his business as a general stationer in
Water Street on his own account.
On 27th May, 1927
Edward Hodgett acquired the Reporter works from the representatives of the late
Mr Sands. On Thursday, 16th February, 1956, Edward Hodgett died.
then undertaken by his three sons, Edward McFarlane (Max), Thomas Noel and
Richard Lowry. Their sons are now directors of the firm.
The price of the
first edition on Saturday, 16th November, 1867 was 3.5d., the newspaper being
published weekly. On 13th February, 1868, the price was reduced to 1d (a
penny) and became bi-weekly – Thursday and Saturday.
In 1872 the
Reporter appeared as a tri-weekly, continuing as such until 8th March, 1947
when it reverted to Saturdays only. This was changed to Thursday on
Thursday, 4th December, 1947.