Gazette Group Newspapers (GGN) was formed in January, 2004, by ‘Ireland on Sunday’ founder Liam Hayes and Michael McGovern, a veteran of Saatchi and Saatchi, with the mission of launching quality weekly newspaper titles in the Greater Dublin area.GGN believes that Greater Dublin is the most prized newspaper territory in the country, possessing the most rewarding demographics, the greatest spending power and the most spectacular levels of population growth.There are eight ‘new’ communities surrounding Dublin City, with population levels of between 40,000 and 120,000 people, which have matured or are maturing fast, and each of these, in the opinion of GGN, is the equal of any county in Ireland in terms of population levels – and each is far superior to any single county in Ireland in terms of ‘spend’ and ‘retail’ strength.Gazette Group Newspapers is dedicated to creating eight newspaper titles for these new urban centres – and this mission began with the successful launch of the Lucan Gazette and Blanch Gazette (in March and May of 2004), the Clondalkin Gazette (in October of 2005), and continued in May of 2007 with the launch of the Dundrum Gazette.
Our Dun Laoghaire Gazette was launched in December 2007, and GGN completed its launch programme in March 2008 with the introduction of the Swords Gazette, Malahide Gazette and Castleknock Gazette, which means that there are eight Gazette titles serving the fastest-growing communities in Ireland.
GGN, in February 2007, welcomed The Irish Times as a major shareholder in the company, and is working closely with Ireland’s leading, and most respected newspaper title, in ensuring that all of Dublin’s vibrant new communities have a quality weekly newspaper they can call their own.
Gazette Group Newspapers is dedicated to launching quality, weekly suburban newspapers aimed at representing, and giving a clear and strong voice, to the rapidly developing communities circling Dublin City. Each GGN title:
- Fosters, and further embraces, the sense of community spirit that exists in each of Dublin’s new urban centres
- Addresses the thoughts and needs, and central issues that arise, through schooling, transport and health needs etc., affecting all of the people living in the fastest-growing urban areas in Ireland
- Affords businesses, big and small, the opportunity of communicating with all of the people living in each community, and also presents businesses and ‘business communities’ with the opportunity of reaching out to the entire suburban population of Dublin City
- Treats all issues, and represents voluntary organisations within these communities, in a fair and balanced manner
- Strongly supports schools, sports clubs and all voluntary organisations, in their efforts to communicate clearly and effectively with all of the people in each community
- Serves as a strong, positive, self-respecting voice for all of the people who have chosen to live in each community
- Takes a central, dynamic role in campaigning on the issues central to the lives of all of the people living in each community – supporting people, schools, clubs and organisations and local businesses, in order to make each community a better and more rewarding place in which to live