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Almost News – 1985 Co Louth Mag

almost news drogheda magazine 1980s covers of 2 issues

Many years after fanzines  Too Late & the subsequent Jump hit the streets in Dundalk, our neighbours in Drogheda produced a ‘monthly magazine’ in 1985 called Almost News. I have issues 1 & 2 both from early 1985. (see front covers above) I believe one further issue may have been published.

A lot of the people involved with it have gone on to much better things. Tony Clayton-Lea (now with the Irish Times) was editor, assisted by Shane Harrison (now with BBC) & Kelly Fincham (now a US college professor in journalism), Arthur Mathews (Fr Ted, Alan Partridge, Hippies, Fast Show & more) was design editor,  Paul Eustace (later worked for UK style maga i-D) and Enda Murray (now in Australia & at the time a helpful guru on the local music scene) were some of the others involved.

Between our own fanzines and groups (NRG, Scheme & Choice) we would have had some earlier dealings with Tony & Enda.  Something which fits in nicely with the mood of this blog is this beautiful short piece on YouTube by Enda which celebrates Drogheda, his late mother and cakes.

A number of the cartoon characters created by Arthur & published in Almost News, like Trendy Trevor & Dan the Pints Man, were later featured in another publication Gakbag Comic. I have a copy of Gakbag so I’ll do more on it in a future post. But for now, here are links to open a selection of scanned pages from Almost News.

Dan the Pints –  Cartoon strip – Arthur Matthews
dan the pints man artuhur mathews almost newsTonight Clubbing  –  Review of night club in White Horse Hotel – issue 1 (p1 of 2)


Balgrangetullyfeckin Gaels  comedy – from issue 2.

Working Holiday in the Sun  Advice for students heading off to work abroad- Enda Murray

Related Posts:

Almost News issues 3 & 4


Enda Murray’s Drogheda 80’s music scene article

7 replies »

  1. Paul Eustace also went on to art direct UK Vogue and then Tatler in New York. Great to see the contents of your attic Dougie!


  2. Hi there,

    Tony Clayton-Lea here – amazing that Almost News is here. There were two more issues published, and I have spare copies if you’d like to have them?


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