JOE MOORE AND THE’SUNDAY JOURNAL’. THE INSURANCE MAN WHO WANTED TO RUN A NEWSPAPER
with Mary Muldowney, Historian-in-Residence
16/09/2020 at 7:00pm
In July 1980, the Sunday Journal newspaper was in danger of closing down because of its financial difficulties when Joe Moore stepped in as the new backer. At the time, he was head of the PMPA (Private Motorists Protection Association) and had no experience of the newspaper business. This talk will outline Moore’s acquisition of the Sunday Journal; the editorial policy he imposed, changing it from a ‘farming paper’ to a general tabloid with a focus on motoring and his business and political dealings before the paper closed down completely in June 1982.
Mary Muldowney is the Dublin City Council Historian in Residence for the Dublin Central Area. She holds a PhD in History from Trinity College Dublin and also a postgraduate qualification in Adult Continuing Education and Training from the National University of Ireland at Maynooth. She works as an adult education consultant for community groups and trade unions. Mary is one of the organisers of the Stoneybatter & Smithfield People’s History Project and a founder and former director of the Oral History Network of Ireland.
Booking is required for this talk.