The Limerick Leader is a weekly local newspaper in Limerick, Ireland. It was founded in 1889.[1] The newspaper is headquartered on O'Connell Street.

Limerick Leader
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Owner(s)Iconic Newspapers
EditorEugene Phelan
News editorÁine Fitzgerald
Sports editorDonn O'Sullivan
Headquarters54 O'Connell Street, Limerick
Limerick Leader offices, O'Connell Street.

The Limerick Leader is no longer ABC audited for circulation numbers. [2]

The paper currently is distributed in two editions, City and County, with the selection of content differing between the two. Generally some shops in and around the city sell both editions.

In the 1950s the Limerick Leader bought a rival newspaper the Limerick Chronicle. The Limerick Chronicle was founded in 1768 by John Ferrar [3] who was a prominent bookseller and printer in Limerick. The Limerick Chronicle is the longest running newspaper in Ireland. In 2018, the Limerick Chronicle went from a stand alone newspaper published on a Tuesday to a supplement in the weekend edition of the Limerick Leader.

The main competition for the newspaper is the freely distributed Limerick Post.

The paper is owned by Iconic Newspapers, who acquired Johnston Press' titles in the Republic of Ireland in 2014.[4]


  1. ^ Keane, Conor (2002-12-05). "Limerick Leader sold for €23m". Irish Examiner. Archived from the original on 2009-03-26. Retrieved 2008-07-17.
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  4. ^ "Johnston Press sells its 14 titles in the Republic". Irish Times. Retrieved 2014-08-22.

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