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Top ten Irish Newspaper Publications

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By Jack Murray

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Despite circulation being down across the board for Irish newspapers, the medium remains a vital news source for many people across the country. Thousands of broadsheets, magazines, and tabloids are read daily and print media has remained an integral part of how Irish people consume the news.

To help you navigate the most popular newspapers, here at MediaHQ we’ve put together the top ten Irish publications.* As the figures below show, reports of the death of the Irish newspaper have been greatly exaggerated.

Sunday Independent

The Sunday Independent is a broadsheet Sunday newspaper published in the Republic of Ireland by Independent News and is the biggest selling Irish Sunday newspaper. It is part of a worldwide newspaper group that includes The Independent in the United Kingdom. The newspaper is a general Sunday newspaper, covering news and politics. It is published in five sections: News, Sport, Business, Property, and Living, as well as a magazine section.

Circulation: 176,580 (ABC Jan – June 2018)

Editor: Cormac Bourke

Other Key Staff: Eilis O’Hanlon (Columnist), John Greene (Sports Editor), Brendan O’Connor (Editor – Sunday Life Magazine), Paul Kimmage (Sports Journalist).

Website: www.independent.ie

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thesundayindo

Sunday World

The Sunday World is an Irish newspaper published by Sunday Newspapers Limited, a division of Independent News and Media. It is the second largest selling “popular” newspaper in the Republic of Ireland and is also sold in Northern Ireland. The Sunday World was Ireland’s first tabloid newspaper. It was launched in 1973 by Hugh McLaughlin and Gerry McGuinness. It broke new ground in terms of layout, content, agenda, columnists, and use of sexual imagery. The paper is also sold in Northern Ireland where a modified edition with more stories relevant to that region is produced.

Circulation: 130,083 (ABC Jan – June 2018)

Editor: Colm MacGinty

Other Key Staff: Nicola Tallant (Investigations Editor), Donal MacIntyre (Crime Correspondent),

Website: www.sundayworld.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/sundayworld

Irish Independent

The Irish Independent is Ireland’s largest-selling daily newspaper, published in both compact and broadsheet formats. It is a core publication of Independent News and Media. Contents The Irish Independent was formed in 1905 as the direct successor to the Daily Irish Independent. In late 2004, Independent Newspapers moved from their traditional home in Middle Abbey Street to a new office, Independent House in Talbot Street, with the printing facilities already relocated to the Citywest business park near Tallaght.

Circulation: 87,673 (ABC Jan – June 2018)

Editor: Fionnan Sheahan

Other Key Staff: Allison Bray (News Correspondent), Kevin Doyle (Group Political Editor), Vincent Hogan (Chief Sports Correspondent), Martina Devlin (Columnist).

Website: www.independent.ie

Twitter: https://twitter.com/independent_ie

The Sunday Times

The Irish edition of The Sunday Times was launched on a small scale in 1993 and had just two staff, Alan Ruddock and John Burns. Today, the Irish edition is now the fourth biggest-selling newspaper in Ireland while in Britain the Sunday Times is the largest-selling national Sunday newspaper. The newspaper is published by Times Newspapers Ltd, a subsidiary of News UK, which is in turn owned by News Corp.

Circulation: 75,005 (ABC Jan- June 2018)

Editor: Frank Fitzgibbon

Other Key Staff: Justine McCarthy (Political Correspondent), Eithne Shortall (Chief Arts Writer), Stephen O’Brien (Political Editor).

Website: www.thesundaytimes.ie

Twitter: http://twitter.com/SunTimesIreland

The Irish Mail on Sunday

The Irish Mail on Sunday is a weekly paper featuring news, comment, showbusiness, features, and investigations. The paper, originally called Ireland on Sunday, was purchased by Associated Newspapers in 2001 and was rebranded in 2006 as the Irish Mail on Sunday, replacing the British edition of the Mail on Sunday in the Irish market.

Circulation: 62,630 (ABC Jan – June 2018)

Editor: Sebastian Hamilton

Other Key Staff: Robert Cox (News Editor), Debbie McCann (Crime Correspondent), John Lee (Political Editor), Laura Bermingham (Beauty Correspondent).

Website: www.dailymail.co.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mailonline

The Irish Times

The Irish Times was established in 1859 by Major Lawrence Knox and the first edition was published on Tuesday, March 29th 1859. In 1974, a Trust was formed with as its main object the securing and maintenance of The Irish Times as “an independent newspaper primarily concerned with serious issues for the benefit of the community throughout the whole of Ireland, free from any form of personal or party political, commercial, religious or other sectional control.”

The Irish Times reports news from throughout Ireland as well as from a comprehensive network of foreign correspondents, as well as sports and business coverage, features and arts sections, lifestyle, jobs and property.

Circulation: 60,352. (79, 255 copies in print and the ePaper, Jan – June 2018.)

Editor: Paul O’Neill

Other Key Staff: Mark Hennessy (News Editor), Pat Leahy (Political Editor), Deirdre McQuillan (Fashion Editor), Fintan O’Toole (Assistant Editor & Columnist), Chris Dooley (Foreign Editor), Conor Gallagher (Crime Correspondent).

Website: www.irishtimes.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/IrishTimes

The Irish Farmers Journal

Since its establishment in 1948, the Irish Farmers Journal has been working with Irish farmers and the agricultural industry, to encourage and sustain a prosperous farm economy in Ireland. It provides weekly information on progressive farming skills, news, and technology. The Irish Farmers Journal is published by The Agricultural Trust with the intention to provide the best possible technical support, market information, and news to the agricultural sector.

Editor: Justin McCarthy

Other Key Staff: Caitriona Morrisey (News Editor), David Wright (Northern Ireland Editor)

Circulation: 60,934 (Jan – June 2018.)

Website: www.farmersjournal.ie

Twitter: https://twitter.com/farmersjournal

Irish Sun on Sunday

The Irish Sun is a daily tabloid newspaper and is the Irish version of The Sun, which has been published in the United Kingdom since 1964. The Sun has been in the Irish market since 1986 but it was editionalised as the Irish Sun from 1994. It is owned by the News Group Newspapers Ltd. in the United Kingdom and content is shared between the two newspapers. The Irish Sun on Sunday launched in February 2012 and has a readership of 52,631.

Editor: Kieran McDaid

Other Key Staff: Stephen Breen (Crime Editor), Neil Cotter (Head of News), Cathal Dervan (Sports Editor), Damien Lane (Night Editor).

Circulation: 52,631 (Jan – June 2018.)

Website: www.thesun.ie

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishSunOnline

Irish Daily Star

First published on 29 February 1988,  the Irish Daily Star is a tabloid newspaper published in Ireland by the Independent Star Limited. It focuses heavily on crime, celebrity matters, and has a large sports section. It also frequently runs offers and competitions.

Editor: Eoin Brannigan

Other Key Staff: Kieran Cunningham (Chief Sports Writer), Moira Hannon (Features Editor), Billy Scanlan (News Editor), Gerry Lennon (Managing Director).

Circulation: 46,808 (ABC Jan-June 2018)

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Daily_Star

The Herald

The Herald is a tabloid newspaper published in Dublin by Independent News & Media. It publishes a weekend supplement called It’s Friday and also the Polish language Polski Herald supplement on Wednesdays. Originally titled The Evening Herald, the newspaper rebranded to The Herald in 2013 after the decision to run as a morning rather than evening paper. In March 2017, INM merged the Sunday World and The Herald newsrooms into a seven-day operation.

Editor: Alan Steenson

Other Key Staff: Patrick Keane (Sports Editor), Liz Kearney (Daily Features Editor), Melanie Finn (Showbusiness Editor).

Circulation: 31,946 (ABC Jan – June 2018)

Website: www.herald.ie

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Herald_ie

(*Circulation figures are based on the Audit Bureau of Circulation’s report for the first half of 2018.)

 

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