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Vitali
157746.  Tue Mar 20, 2007 4:43 am Reply with quote

Editorial/Editors

“The Southern Star”, a local rag from a small Irish town of Skibbereen in County West Cork, bravely announced to the world in its September 1898 editorial that “it (i.e. “Skibbeeen Eagle” - VV) will keep its eye on the Emperor of Russia and such despotic enemies – whether at home or abroad – of human progression and man's natural right...”
The “Eagle” eye watching Russia from a tiny famine-ravaged Irish town remains one of the biggest scoops in the history of Irish journalism. Easily dismissed as either a silly joke or a classic manifestation of the provincial inferiority complex, the “eye on Russia” editorial was in fact neither. It was but a masterful publicity gimmick, masterminded by the paper's editor and proprietor Frederick Potter. The sensation it had created saved “The Eagle”, then on verge of financial ruin, from going bust for another 31 years (the paper finally wrapped up in 1929).
It has to be said that until its very last days, the Eagle kept eagerly wearing its self-made mask of Russia's vigilant watchdog by publishing inordinate (for a provincial Irish rag) number of mostly critical articles on Russian and Soviet affairs – the game picked up by The Southern Star that came to replace it. In 1946, the latter printed a political cartoon depicting De Valera and Stalin enjoying a pint. “Between ourselves, Dev, Russia has never quite forgotten that article in The Skibbereen Eagle,” said the caption.
In Joyce's “Ulysses”, J.J. Molloy famously mentions “our watchful friend The Skibberean Eagle”. Thus, a small provincial newspaper became part of the world's literary classics.

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