Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Lively debates are paper sellers

THE ongoing debate on God in your letters page, for which I thank you and enjoy, reminds me of an incident in the life of the Co Donegal poet William Allingham.

Around 1800, a local newspaper was in danger of closing and Allingham and a friend began a campaign of writing letters on controversial matters.

The response and counter-responses proved so interesting to readers that the newspaper survived.

DECLAN FOLEY

Adelaide, Australia

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