The family-owned, Dublin-based Irish Newspaper Archive (INA) has three meaty portions of news for us this week.

To begin with is the arrival of The Northern Basic to the online database. This is a crucial regional paper, released weekly in Monaghan Town, and the longest recognized paper distributing in the county.

It reaches far beyond the county and national border, nevertheless, with protection of counties Cavan, Louth, Armagh, Fermanagh and Tyrone, making this an important publication for family historians to check out as part of their research.

It was first released in January 1839. While the first 46 years of editions are available at the BritishNewspaperArchive, the INA holding will run from 1885 to 2018, using almost 58,000 pages released over 5,100 editions.

Next, some advance notice of new additions to the INA database. The Clare Champion will be readily available in the not too distant future with editions released from 1903, and next in line will be The Corkman. Meanwhile, the business continues to work on filling a few of the spaces in their holdings of both the Belfast Newsletter and Cork Night Echo.

And lastly, there’s an extremely generous Black Friday Sale simply around the corner … It begins this coming Saturday (20 November) and will end eight days later, on Sunday 28 November. When I say ‘generous’, I imply half price on both the Silver and Gold memberships! The discount rate will also apply on Gift memberships, so take a look around you (or into the mirror) to see if you know a genie who would love you forever if a Gift sub was under the tree in four weeks time.

Complete details of the discount, and how to declare it, will be posted here on Irish Genealogy News (and @Irish_Genealogy on Twitter) on Saturday early morning.