In 1901 the Lynch family established a newspaper in Omagh in Co. Tyrone, the Ulster Herald, and set up a company to publish it, the North West of Ireland Printing and Publishing Company. Early success led to two more titles being launched the following year, the Derry People and the Fermanagh Herald; and another being purchased, the Strabane Chronicle. The Derry People moved across the border to Letterkenny in Co. Donegal at the beginning of the Second World War to avoid possible censorship by the British and Northern Irish governments; it was renamed the Donegal News in 2002 and is no longer sold in Co. Derry, although it retains the earlier title in its masthead.
NWIPP expanded its activities further in the 2000s. The Tyrone Herald was launched in 2004 and the Donegal News started a Monday edition in 2006, in addition to its existing Friday edition. A Gaelic games newspaper, Gaelic Life was launched in 2007 and is sold across the province of Ulster on both sides of the border.
The company recently started to use the trading name North-West News Group, although the original company is still active.
- North-West News Group
10-14 John Street
- 028 8241 5006