The Offaly Express website, www.offalyexpress.ie, has broken new ground by exceeding one million page views in a single month.
Google Analytics figures show that the website generated 1,075,672 page views from January 1 to January 31. The previous high for a month was 840,000 in September 2018. The website generated a total of 7.2 million page views in 2017.
The views in January came across a range of stories from news to sport, from galleries of pictures and videos to human interest stories, and from quizzes to stories on the lighter side of life in Offaly.
Speaking about the remarkable result, Digital Editor Damian Moran said it was down to a lot of hard work and offering a wide variety of content.
"We have very small but very dedicated and hard working editorial and advertising teams. We are always keeping our eyes peeled for interesting, relevant and engaging stories to bring to our eager readers. We hope that we are keeping people informed with the latest news, engaged with our human interest stories and hopefully entertained with our quirkier offerings. We would like to sincerely thank everyone who continues to come back to www.offalyexpress.ie for their local news. We do inadvertently upset some of the people some of the time, but our overarching mission is to provide the best possible coverage of the diversity of Offaly life that we can."
He added that the Offaly Express was a platform for groups, businesses and individuals in Offaly to get their stories out there to the public at large.
"These amazing figures show that we are reaching more people in Offaly than any other media outlet in the county and if you have a story that you think people in Offaly would be interested in hearing, you can get in touch with us at any time via e-mail or through our Facebook page using the Message Us button below."
The print edition of the Offaly Express was suddenly and surprisingly closed in 2012, however, the website was kept going at the time and has seen a remarkable renaissance in the last two years.
"Visitors to the website have increased dramatically in the last two years and there is no doubt that the decision to hire Justin Kelly was a turning point," continued Mr Moran. "Since Justin joined the team in 2017, we have seen an exponential rise in traffic on the website, followers on social media and the content on the website has evolved to the point where we have such a diverse offering today."
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