Talking Newspaper Celebrates 38 Years
The Downpatrick Lions are celebrating the 38th anniversary of starting their Talking Newspaper, having sent out their first tapes to visually impaired and blind listeners in the area on 11th November 1977. A small group of dedicated volunteers went to visit the Lisburn Leo Club that year to find out about their talking newspaper set-up, and then set about creating their own. Founding members included John Riordan, Margaret Orr, Richard Prytherch and Terry Torney – and Terry is still keeping the show on the road every two weeks 38 years later! Cecil Johnston was pictured at the tape machine in 1981 when the group celebrated sending out its 100th edition of the Talking Newspaper, while Vincent Murphy also contributed greatly. Former stalwarts of the Downsound team have included Len Edwards, Tom Morrison and Anne Walsh. Also heavily involved in the early days were Liam Conlon, Deirdre Curran, Dorothy Johnston, Colin Flinn, Michael Bohill, Brendan Rodgers, Collette Rooney and Kathleen and Peter McKenny.