Useful Notes / Irish Newspapers
National newspapers in Ireland (not unlike in the UK) are traditionally divided by format, between the relatively respectable and intelligent broadsheets and the scurrilous, gossip- and crime-obsessed tabloids. The main difference is that the Irish broadsheets still use primarily said format while the "red top" tabloid market is relegated to local editions of the UK papers.
- The Irish Times (est. 1859) — generally considered the paper of record. Was once the paper of the Anglo-Irish Establishment, now a centre-liberal publication. Owned by the Irish Times Trust.
- Irish Examiner (est. 1841 as the Cork Examiner, went national in 2000) — published in Cork, and thus places more emphasis on non-Dublin goings-on. Owned by Thomas Crosbie Holdings.
- Irish Independent (est. 1905) — the "Indo" is a middle-of-road paper owned by Independent News and Media.
- Foinse (est. 1996; name is Irish for "source" and is pronounced "fween-sha") — the only Irish-language national paper. Briefly cancelled in 2009 but returned as a weekly supplement in the Irish Independent.
- The Irish News (est. 1891) — printed in Belfast and focuses on Northern Ireland, but sold in most of Ireland. Owned by the Fitzpatrick family.
- Sunday Independent (est. 1906) — the "Sindo" is the best-selling Sunday title, and not afraid to court controversy. Famously anti-IRA it sometimes verged on being actively Unionist in outlook, though this has diminished slightly in recent years. Owned by Independent News and Media.
- The Sunday Business Post (est. 1989) — a Sunday paper with emphasis on commerce, business etc. Owned by Thomas Crosbie Holdings.
- Irish Daily Star (est. 1988 as The Star, being a sister publication of the British red top) — known for its sensational crime coverage. Owned by Independent Star Limited (a subsidiary of Northern & Shell).
- Evening Herald — "de Heddild" is owned by Independent News and Media.
- Evening Echo — The Cork equivalent of the Herald. The guy who sells it on Patrick's Street has become something of a national legend with his distinctive shouting of "ECHO!" Owned by Thomas Crosbie Holdings.
- Sunday World (est. 1973) — Sunday paper known for its articles on Northern Ireland paramilitaries. Owned by Independent News and Media.
- Irish Daily Mail (est. 2006) — Ireland's newest major paper and sister to the British Daily Mail. Has struggled to find it's footing but is slowly moving away from being a carbon copy of the London Mail while retaining a strongly right of centre ethos. This has the unfortunate side effect of the Mail organising separate campaigns on both sides of the spectrum in Ireland and the UK (for example, a breast cancer drug was strongly supported by the British Mail and strongly opposed by the Irish Mail). Ironically the British paper was itself founded by a Dubliner. Owned by Associated Newspapers.
Many British newspapers also sell in the Republic of Ireland, including The Times, The Independent
and The Guardian
. Some tabloid also produce Irish editions, e.g. the Irish Sun