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Hot Off the Press – New Titles This Week

This week we have added 134,662 new pages to The Archive. We have updated five of our existing titles, covering the county of Kent and the city of Liverpool. We have also updated three of our Irish titles, with titles covering the latter half of the twentieth century, and the Evening Herald (Dublin) now covering the twenty-first century, with pages added for 2001.

Our Irish collection of newspapers is now 157 titles strong. You can discover the full list of titles here.

You can find pages added from the 1990s, a seminal decade in the Northern Ireland peace process, in the Evening Telegraph (Dublin). Headlines in the newly added pages from 1995 reveal the tensions between Great Britain and Ireland. February 1995 saw English football hooligans riot at a friendly match between England and Ireland at Lansdowne Road. The Irish team were 1-0 up, but the match was abandoned and over seventy casualties were sustained. The English fans had to be escorted out of Dublin by the Irish Army, and the then prime minister John Major offered his apologies to the Irish nation.

Evening Herald (Dublin) | 16 February 1995

By May, however, things were looking better for Anglo-Irish relations, with the visit of Prince Charles to Ireland, his first to the country. The Evening Herald (Dublin) reports that his visit was a great success, and bore ‘no hint of past troubles,’ being ‘undoubtedly the most symbolic and important Royal visit ever to our city and country.’

Indeed, the people of Dublin reportedly went wild for the Prince. One lady, Pauline, ‘could not contain herself after the encounter…she was screaming Yees! and doing a curious little rain dance.’

Evening Herald (Dublin) | 1 June 1995

During the course of his visit Prince Charles sampled a pint of Guinness, spoke in Irish and went on walkabout in Dublin. Such positive relations would culminate in the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, but it would not be until 2011 that Queen Elizabeth II would finally visit the Republic of Ireland, the first visit of a reigning British monarch to the country since her grandfather George V’s tour one hundred years before in 1911.

Leeds Mercury | 10 July 1911


This week we have updated some of our recently added titles.

You can learn more about each of the titles we have added to this week by clicking on their names. On each paper’s title page, you can read a FREE sample issue, learn more about our current holdings, and our plans for digitisation.

Years Covered
Evening Herald (Dublin) 1925, 1951, 1994-1995, 2001
Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser 1857
Liverpool Echo 1968, 1978, 1981-1983
Freeman’s Journal 1920-1921
Irish Independent 1912, 1999

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