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The Irish News
The Irish News, 24 November 2005
Type Daily newspaper
Format Compact

Owner(s) Fitzpatrick Family
Founded 15 August 1891
Political position      Irish nationalist
Headquarters 113–117 Donegall Street
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Editor Noel Doran


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 Ulster content, though it is also available throughout Ireland.



The Irish News is the only independently-owned daily newspaper based 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 the second most read newspaper in Northern Ireland and it is also widely read in County Donegal. The newspaper is also well-known for its coverage of Gaelic games.

Recent expansion

The Irish News is part of the Northern Media Group consortium who own six radio stations across Northern Ireland: Five FM, Six FM, Seven FM, Q97.2, Q101.2 and 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 the Northern Media Group.

It recently launched a viral video service entitled INTV, similar in style to YouTube featuring Television Broadcast journalists reporting on and discussing topics mentioned in the paper. The paper also launched their Irish language section, An tEolas, with an island-wide billboard and television campaign.


Circulation & readership of
Circulation 47,911
Dates January 2008 – June 2008
Source Audit Bureau of Circulations

According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, the paper had an average circulation of 47,911 for the first six months of 2008.


  • The Irish News won the CIPR Newspaper of the Year Award six years out of nine between 1999 and 2008.
  • 2006: CIPR Best Supplement – Weekend
  • 2007: Production Journal Regional Newspaper of the Year
  • 2007: Newspaper Society Promotional Campaign of the Year
  • 2007: Newspaper Society UK Regional Press Photographer of the Year (Mal McCann)
  • 2007: CIPR Best Supplement – Weekend
  • 2008: CIPR Production Journalist of the Year (Jeremy Kirker)
  • 2008: Annual Irish Print Awards' National Newspaper Award
  • 2008: CIPR Print Business Journalist (James Stinson)
  • 2008: CIPR Business Journalist of the Year (James Stinson)
  • 2008: CIPR Newspaper and Daily Newspaper of the Year


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