It’s the end of an era as Pat McArt, who was in charge of the Inishowen edition of the Derry Journal, left for good today.

Here’s what he said on his Facebook page:-

I joined the Derry Journal in 1981. At the age of 28, and in the middle of civil war, I was appointed editor.  Years later I became group editor when the Journal bought The Donegal Democrat & The Donegal ‘s People’s Press.

“It was a rollercoaster ride but it was exciting. We had 150 staff and were the biggest provincial newspaper group in Ireland.

“I finished up today. The place, people and paper I knew are long gone. It was time to go .
Best of luck in the future to all my former colleagues”.


One wonders what will happen to the Inishowen edition now.

I’ve had quite a lot of dealings with Pat and he has published plenty about the DylanFest, BeatlesFest and other events which take place in Moville and throughout Inishowen.

It was always a pleasure to deal with him.

I wish him luck in whatever he turns his hand to now.

We may not have seen the last of him.

I hope not!