Life Story for Basil McLaughlin

Basil McLaughlin, who was one of the founders of Belfast newspaper The Andersonstown News, has died. He was 76.

Mr. McLaughlin along with three others set-up the newspaper in 1972. The money used to establish the publication came from the proceeds of the Republican protest song The Men Behind the Wire by Barleycorn.

He was soon editor of what was at first a community news sheet but went on to establish the publication as a fully-fledged newspaper which had the respect of many.

The company evolved into the Belfast Media Group which today owns the Irish-American newspaper Irish Echo.

Away from the demands of newspapers, Mr. McLaughlin was a keen golfer as well as a fan of jazz and films.

He is survived by his wife Patricia.

His Funeral will take place on Saturday (January 30).

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