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Connaught Telegraph
Type Weekly newspaper
Format broadsheet

Founded 1828
Political position      Central
Headquarters Castlebar
Editor Tom Gillespie

Website Connaught Telegraph website

The Connaught Telegraph is a weekly local newspaper published in Castlebar, County Mayo in the Republic of Ireland.

The paper is in broadsheet format (nine columns), and published every Wednesday. It has the second highest circulation of the paid for Mayo newspapers. According to an independent audit, it has a circulation of approximately 13,506[1].

The Honourable Frederick Cavendish: Champion of the oppressed

Lord Frederick Cavendish is rightly remembered as a champion of the poor and oppressed. He founded the Connaught Telegraph or Mayo Telegraph as it was originally named, on March 17th, 1828, and used it as an organ to help fight the battles of the lower classes. Lord Cavendish swiftly established a reputation as a man of authority and strong opinions. He illustrated how powerful the Press could be in the long and arduous struggle to achieve Home Rule for Ireland. As editor, Lord Cavendish earned a reputation as a man to be respected. When setting up the newspaper, he incorporated it into the titles of other local publications. Because of that, many historians believe the Telegraph goes back as far as 1808. They base their assertion on the fact the name or title of a newspaper does not and could not take from the age of the original newspaper.

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