According to recent data, The Irish Times was the only broadsheet daily whose circulation increased in the year to the end of June. According to the most recent Joint National Readership Research Report, 343,000 individuals read the newspaper every day, a 12.5% increase over the previous year. Thus, The Irish Times is now officially the second-most read newspaper in Ireland after the Independent.
The Irish Times is published each morning and includes four sections: News, Sport, Business and Opinion. It is printed in broadsheet format and consists of 16 pages. The paper has six editorial staff members and employs about 140 people overall. Its headquarters are at Dublin City Centre's Grand Canal Square.
The Irish Times was founded by William O'Sheel and James Larkin as the Daily Irish Worker in 1882. In 1893, it changed its name to the Irish Times to reflect its ambition to be "the leading journal of opinion in Ireland". In 1999, it became part of the Irish Media Group. In 2006, the group also included radio stations RTÉ Radio 1, 2, 3 and 4; TV channels RTÉ Television and Newlight Pictures; and magazines including Irish Life and Ireland's World Newspaper.
Today, the paper is known for its conservative view of politics and is opposed to gay marriage and abortion.
The inaugural edition of the Irish Press is released on September 5, 1931. Its popularity and repute are expanding. Douglas Gageby, Tim Pat Coogan, Vincent Browne, Con Houlihan, and Geraldine Kennedy were among those who rose through its ranks. The daily newspaper switched from broadsheet to tabloid size in 1988.
Its first editor was Michael O'Hehir who had been chief reporter at the Dublin Evening Mail. He also edited another paper called The Star (Dublin). O'Hehir died in an air raid on Dublin in April 1941. His deputy, William J. Fallon, continued as editor until June 1945 when he was replaced by John Dorney. In 1951, Dorney left to become managing director of The Belfast News-Letter and Hugh McIlvanney took over as editor. In 1955, McIlvanney bought the newspaper but he died a year later after suffering a heart attack while out walking his dog. His assistant, Robert Wylie, became editor. In 1959, Wylie was promoted to news editor of The Observer and The Sunday Times and he asked McIlvanney's son, David, to take over as editor. David McIlvanney died in 1963 at the age of 36 after falling off a ladder while working on The Irish Times. In 1964, James Curran, then a young reporter with the paper, took over as editor.
The Irish Times is a daily broadsheet newspaper in Ireland, as well as an online digital edition. It debuted on March 29, 1859. Originally called The Dublin Daily News, it was founded by William Edward Wade (1826-89), who also published the first issue of The Dublin University Magazine under that name.
Wade started the newspaper to compete with the more established Morning Chronicle, which at that time was the leading daily in Dublin. Although initially successful, he could not maintain his publication and was forced to sell out to James Hardiman in 1866. Under Hardiman's direction, the newspaper became widely known for its progressive views and strong opposition to British policy in Ireland. Upon his retirement in 1889, George Henry Evans took over the paper, changing its focus from politics to business and sports.
Evans managed to increase its circulation significantly, but was unable to prevent the paper from going bankrupt in 1897. He was able to revive the company and began printing in color for the first time. This paper remained in print until 1959 when it was again split into separate political and business editions.