The Irish News

The Irish News

name =

type = Daily newspaper
format = Compact
foundation = 15th August 1891
owners = Fitzpatrick Family
political = moderate Irish Nationalist
headquarters = 113-117 Donegall Street
Belfast, Northern Ireland
editor = Noel Doran| website = []

"The Irish News" is a compact-sized daily newspaper based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is perceived as being broadly Irish nationalist in outlook. It focuses primarily on Northern Irish content, though it is also available in some parts of the Republic of Ireland.


It is the only independently-owned daily newspaper in Northern Ireland and has been so since its launch on 15 August 1891 as an anti-Parnell newspaper. Bringing events more up-to-date, the paper saw a dramatic growth in its circulation, with the beginning of The Troubles in 1968, peaking around the time of internment in 1971. Most newspapers were slow to recognise that this would be only a short–term situation, and coupled with major changes in how radio and television news was presented, the decline began almost as rapidly as it had begun.

In June 1982, the paper came under total control of the company’s present owners, and the fortunes of the paper began to change dramatically. It is now one of Northern Ireland's most read newspapers. It is well-known for its coverage of Gaelic games.

Recent Expansion

"The Irish News" are also part of the Northern Media Group consortium who own six radio stations across Northern Ireland: Five FM, Six FM, Seven FM, Q97.2 and Q101.2, Q102.9. They are also involved with one of the fastest expanding local newspaper companies on both sides of the border, River Media, who, along with Alpha Newspapers, are also investors in NMG.

It recently launched a service entitled INTV. It is similar in style to youtube and features Television Broadcast journalists reporting on and discussing topics mentioned in the paper. The site's address is [] .



read= -
time=January 2006 – June 2006
source=Audit Bureau of Circulations
According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, the paper had an average circulation of 49,046 for the first six months of 2006.


In 2008, the newspaper won the prize for the Newspaper of the Year (Daily) at the annual Chartered Institute of Public Relations Press and Broadcast Awards for Northern Ireland. [cite web | title=Irish News crowned daily newspaper of the year | work=HoldtheFrontPage (29 April 2008) | url= | accessdate=2008-06-19]


External links

* [ The Irish News online]

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