Regional papers are feeling the pinch with a year on year decline in the order of 8%. But some papers are really feeling the squeeze. As a group, of those that are audited, they are back nearly 30,000 copies. The table below is a bit information overload – but it’s worth looking at the data at that level.

Jan-June ’08 Jan-June ’09 +/- ‘000 +/- %
The Anglo Celt 13,836 13,247 -589 -4%
The Argus 11,477 10,591 -886 -8%
Bray People 5,208 4,836 -372 -7%
Carlow People 4,599 4,608 9 0%
Connacht Sentinel 5,119 n/a
Connacht Tribune 24,407 n/a
The Corkman 8,017 7,504 -513 -6%
Donegal Democrat (Thurs) 12,572 11,978 -594 -5%
Donegal Democrat (Tues) 8,882 7,970 -912 -10%
Donegal News Friday 11,977 11,541 -436 -4%
Donegal News Monday 3,630 3,873 243 7%
Donegal News 15,607 15,141 -466 -3%
Donegal Post 4,977 4,257 -720 -14%
Drogheda Independent 10,020 8,801 -1,219 -12%
The Echo 9,263 7,792 -1,471 -16%
Enniscorthy Guardian 7,453 7,361 -92 -1%
Fingal Independent 5,432 4,776 -656 -12%
Foinse 4,359 3,746 -613 -14%
Inish Times 6,070 5,486 -584 -10%
The Kerryman 25,089 22,797 -2,292 -9%
Kilkenny People 15,526 14,393 -1,133 -7%
Leinster & Offaly Express 15,457 14,186 -1,271 -8%
Leinster Leader 11,969 10,277 -1,692 -14%
Leitrim Observer 8,064 7,616 -448 -6%
Leitrim Post 4,245 4,245
Limerick Leader (Weekend) 21,102 19,034 -2,068 -10%
Longford Leader 9,079 8,749 -330 -4%
The Mayo News 10,511 10,229 -282 -3%
Meath Chronicle 15,249 13,294 -1,955 -13%
Midland Tribune (Series) 10,136 n/a
Munster Express 10,005 8,279 -1,726 -17%
Nationalist & Munster Advertiser 13,791 12,731 -1,060 -8%
Nenagh Guardian 8,237 7,906 -331 -4%
New Ross Standard 6,303 6,079 -224 -4%
Roscommon Herald 9,032 8,410 -622 -7%
Sligo Champion 11,868 10,846 -1,022 -9%
Tipperary Star 9,072 8,468 -604 -7%
The Tuam Herald 9,355 9,267 -88 -1%
Westmeath Examiner 8,897 7,656 -1,241 -14%
Wexford People 12,698 12,280 -418 -3%
Wicklow People 12,552 11,579 -973 -8%
Total 391,480 361,829 -29,651 -8%

But a closer inspection reveals an interesting nugget. Of the papers that took the brunt of the hits, nearly half the total decline, six are from Leinster. I’m not reading too much into that, but it seems a high concentration in that province.

Title JJ 08 JJ 09 ‘0000 %
Munster Express 10,005 8,279 -1,726 -17%
The Echo 9,263 7,792 -1,471 -16%
Donegal Post 4,977 4,257 -720 -14%
Leinster Leader 11,969 10,277 -1,692 -14%
Foinse 4,359 3,746 -613 -14%
Westmeath Examiner 8,897 7,656 -1,241 -14%
Meath Chronicle 15,249 13,294 -1,955 -13%
Drogheda Independent 10,020 8,801 -1,219 -12%
Fingal Independent 5,432 4,776 -656 -12%
Donegal Democrat (Tues) 8,882 7,970 -912 -10%
Limerick Leader (Weekend) 21,102 19,034 -2,068 -10%