The Irish Press

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The Irish Press

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The Irish Press was an Irish national daily newspaper published by Irish Press plc between 5 September 1931 and 25 May 1995.


The paper's first issue was published on the eve of the 1931 Kilkenny v Cork All Ireland Hurling Final, at the time other newspapers did not cover GAA sports in any detail. Margaret Pearse (the mother of Padraig and Willie Pearse) pressed the button to start the printing presses. The initial aim of its publisher was to achieve a circulation of 100,000 which it quickly accomplished. It went on to list a subscribership of 200,000 at its peak. Irish Press Ltd. was officially registered on the 4th of September 1928 (three years before the paper first being published) with the aim to create a newspaper independent of the existing media where the Independent Newspaper group was seen as supporting Cumann na nGaedheal/Fine Gael and the Irish Times being pro-union and having a mainly middle class/ Protestant readership. De Valera said the papers objective was: "To give the truth in the news, that will be the chief aim of The Irish Press. The Irish Press will be a truthful journal and a good newspaper". There was always the intention if successful to expand and produce an Evening and Sunday edition which it did so.

Initial financing

The money used to start up The Irish Press was...
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