Britain’s Irish Post closes after 41 years…

Sad news for Malcolm Rogers and the staff at The Irish Post… I did my first piece of paid journalism for the Post… It gave a voice to the Irish in Britain for nearly two generations… Latterly it probably suffered more than most from the Internet age along with an ageing demographic…

Put simply, the diaspora did not get less passionately Irish, it just got socially mobile and harder to sell to (Tipp born Mike Lynch f/e)…

The decision to distribute indigenous papers like the firstly the Sunday Independent, and latterly Irish Independepent and Irish Times was probably what finished them… Over the years it attracted a lot of good Irish journalists who’ve gone on to work with bigger British titles…

Attention may now turn to Thomas Crosbie’s Holdings’ struggling Irish titles…

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  • Shocked to hear this as I buy it most weeks, was thinking only last week about subscribing annually. 🙁

  • I also express some shock as I also got paid for one contribution. In the 1990s I still bought it as a kinda duty when I saw it on newstands in London. But increasingly most of it was not in any way relevant.
    I always thought that there was a diaspora within the diaspora and the lives of people in Quax Road, Kilburn and Salford were different from lives of people in rural Somerset who were no less Irish.
    Or that the lives of hedge fund managers are different from the traditional “underneath the Thames in a hole”.

    In the end the Irish were simply too diverse.

  • andnowwhat

    Oddly enough, at a time of another exodus of Irish labour to GB it may have been given new life but alas, the internet, the internet.

  • PaulT

    I hate to speak ill of the dead (or dying) but I think most Irish people (of my generation) initially bought the Post for a while when arriving, but boredom sets in with the content, average sports coverage, boring photos of kids doing Irish dancing at various events or minor retirment or birthday events, and lots and lots of adverts.

    Blame the internet, but if the content was good it wouldn’t be going

  • Tochais Síoraí

    The reasons it’s gone are well documentated already but as an archive to the 20th century Irish emigrant experience it’ll be a valuable tool to future researchers (despite the boring photos!) and I’m sure there are many of the older generation of Irish in Britain who will miss it.

    It could ruffle a few feathers in its day and played a significant role in the campaigns for the Birmingham Six, Guildford Four, Maguire Seven and other miscariages of justice when it was neither fashionable nor profitable, even amongst many in the Irish community. In the pre-internet era it even had a couple of competitors (The Irish World, London Irish News) and it had a small but loyal market in Ireland amongst people who had spend years in Britain.

    The annual awards gig was a fairly glitzy affair – I remember Noel Gallagher bringing his Mum one year.

  • The Irish World is still going though I always considered it a poor alternative to the Post.

  • soup

    Shame it used to be an interesting read but i agree that it had too many adds & music function adds , maybe they will set up online , who knows !

  • Last time I was over in London a couple of years ago, most Irish left Kilburn/Cricklewood/Willesden to the east Europeans. The National and Galtymore halls are long closed so I’m not surprised at Irish Post crashing.

  • MAL ROGERS

    Mal here, editor of the Irish Post until last Friday. Was interested in all the comments – probably the only one that was erroneous was the comment about “too many ads”. Alas, that was, ultimately, the reason for our demise. Circulation loss in the last 18months had slowed down dramatically – and for a short period earlier this year was actually up. But advertising levels had sunk to an all time low, which ultimately made Crosbie decide to pull the plug. We had no warning, but to be honest the writing was on the wall for some time. I had had my contributors’ budget slashed by £1500 per week – in effect I could not pay any freelance journalists; I knew at that point the game was up.
    There have been rumours of a rescue package; I honestly don’t know if anything will come of it
    Mal