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This paper is gradully moving away from a newspaper into a travel magazine with a few pieces of news. Originally, The Irish Post was the leading source of information for ex-pat Paddies with the occasional advert, as one would expect. The standards of news journalism were always high (and still are, despite the decreasing news content) and the same goes for sport but over the last twelve months, the emphesis has somewhat shifted away from the highly respected newspaper it once was. the centre of the paper is a glorified gig guide for the London area - the biggest Irish population (outside Ireland!) is in Liverpool and little, if any, coverage is listed for that area. Apart from the ferry companies advertising that is. Lots of pictures of aeroplanes from Ryan Air and ships like the "Jonathon Swift" and "Super Sea Cat Three" adorn most of this paper now and whilst I have put a lot of emphesis on the adverts, it is in fair proportion to the paper itself. Time for a change, me thinks. Slan go foil (peace be with you)
'The Voice Of The Irish In Britain' was the slogan that used to adorn the front page but not any more. We have had another price hike on this publication, it now costs eighty pence and the paper boasts on the front page 'we still offer great value for money, with 52 pages packed with news, sport, features, entertainment and top columnists every week'. I could have sworn the paper was bigger than that. Since it's relaunch around a year ago (with a coincidental price increase), the news content has decreased and the adverts have seemed to have increased, mostly for ferry companies. The entertainment features seem to favor London and the southern part of the country. Don't the Irish up north count anymore? After all, that is where most of us came into this country from. With that aside, the news paper does stick up for the Irish with great news coverage, what's left of it.
I bought The Irish Post recently for the first time as I'd heard about it's existence and basically just wanted to see what it was like. It was a pretty good read, small for a weekly paper but not bad at all. It's a tabloid sized weekly and costs 70p. In basic terms, it deals with news from Ireland and news about the Irish community in the UK so it's good if you have any interest at all in these areas. The coverage of new stories is quite basic but it's adequate if you just want a brief overview and background. It's not especially ground breaking but an interesting read all the same. There is an additional media section which covers a selection of major stories that recently appeared in regional newspapers throughout Ireland - for example the 'Leinster Leader' or 'The Connaught Tribune'. There is a business section, letters page, features (for example an interview with an Irish film director), a travel section and a Saturday entertainment supplement called "Irish I". Also an extensive sport section is included which would be great for followers of Gaelic games to keep up to speed on what's happening. The Culture section contains a lot of details on events being held by Irish community groups throughout the UK. Though it's not too hard to keep up to date with news in Ireland as I've seen the 'Irish Independent' newspaper on sale in London. It's one of the major broadsheets in Ireland and so I presume it's not too hard to dig up the 'Irish Times' either, especially in the major cities like London. But where The Irish Post comes into it's own is that it's probably useful for anyone interested in Irish related issues in the UK, for example more localised news or clubs and associations. It's probably more suited to readers who are heavily into the Irish scene abroad. It narrows things down a bit I guess so the information is e asier to find as it related specifically to readers in the UK. Overall it's well laid out and fairly interesting read. Personally I probably wouldn't buy it every week but it's fine for browsing through occasionally.
"The Irish Post" is a weekly newspaper that's for "the Irish in Britain". It is very well presented and isn't a heavy read whilst maintaining a good standard of journalism. Whilst not having everthing Irish in it (it would be impossible) it is a great taste of "home" and the entertainments section is one of the best from any publication - certainly they appear to have a good crack at the craic! As it is a "minority" publication, there are quite a few adverts - thankfully there isn't a single advert for anything to do with Dixons or any of their partners in crime which flood British newspapers!