Irish Examiner

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Irish Examiner
Irish Examiner logo.svg
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Landmark Media Investments
Founded 1841
Political alignment Centrist
Irish nationalism
Headquarters Linn Dubh, Blackpool, Cork
80 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork
Irish Examiner premises on Oliver Plunkett Street

The Irish Examiner, formerly The Cork Examiner and then The Examiner, is an Irish national daily newspaper which primarily circulates in the Munster region surrounding its base in Cork, though it is available throughout the country. Its main national rivals are The Irish Times and the Irish Independent.

The Irish Examiner is available on the Irish Newspaper Archives website.


The paper was founded by John Francis Maguire under the title The Cork Examiner in 1841 in support of the Catholic Emancipation and tenant rights work of Daniel O'Connell.[1] Historical copies of The Cork Examiner, dating back to 1841, are available to search and view in digitised form at The British Newspaper Archive.[2]

Cork Examiner presses smashed by Republican forces before the Free State army could arrive in Cork, 9–10 August 1922

During the Spanish Civil War, the Cork Examiner took a strongly pro-Franco tone in its coverage of the conflict.[3]

Though originally appearing under The Cork Examiner title, it has re-branded in recent years to The Examiner, and subsequently The Irish Examiner to appeal to a more national readership.

The newspaper was part of the Thomas Crosbie Holdings group. Thomas Crosbie Holdings went into receivership in March 2013.[4] The newspaper was acquired by Landmark Media Investments.

As of 2004, its Chief Executive is Thomas J. Murphy, and its editor is Tim Vaughan.[5] The newspaper was based at Academy Street, Cork for over a century, before moving to new offices at Lapp's Quay, Cork in early November 2006.

Tim Vaughan resigned as editor in August 2016.[6]

2017 potential sale

In February 2017, it was reported that Landmark Media Investments had appointed KPMG. A range of options were being considered including an Independent News and Media (INM) "link" with the Irish Examiner.[7]

In March 2017, it was reported that The Irish Times may bid for the Irish Examiner.[8]

In April 2017, it was reported that both The Irish Times and INM had entered the sales process for the Irish Examiner and signed non-disclosure agreements.[9]

In May 2017, it was reported that Sunrise Media and The Irish Times were exploring an acquisition.

In December 2017, a sale was agreed to The Irish Times [10] pending regulatory approval.


  • Circulation was 60,578 for the period January 1999 to June 1999. [11]
  • Circulation was 57,217 for the period January 2006 to June 2006. [12]
  • Circulation was 50,346 for the period January 2009 to June 2009. [13]
  • Circulation was 46,687 for the period January 2009 to June 2010. [14]
  • Circulation was 46,001 for the period July 2009 to December 2009. [15]
  • Circulation was 42,083 for the period July 2011 to December 2011. [16]
  • Circulation was 39,555 for the period July to December 2012. [17]
  • Circulation was 37,009 for the period July to December 2013.[18]
  • Circulation was 35,028 for the period January to June 2014.[19]
  • Circulation was 34,422 for the period July to December 2014.[20]
  • Circulation was 33,198 for the period January to June 2015.[21]
  • Circulation was 32,648 for the period July to December 2015.[22]
  • Circulation was 30,964 for the period January to June 2016. [23]
  • Circulation was 30,090 for the period July to December 2016. [24]
  • Circulation was 28,338 for the period January to June 2017. [25]


  1. ^ Ireland in the Nineteenth Century by Leon Litvack, Glenn Hooper.Four Courts Press, 2000.(pg.38)
  2. ^ Digitised copies of The Cork Examiner
  3. ^ "After the war, Bishop Fogarty of Killaloe complained that only the Irish Independent and the Cork Examiner had given Franco "unflinching and unequivocal support"". Fearghal McGarry, "Irish Newspapers and the Spanish Civil War", Irish Historical Studies, Vol. 33, No. 129 (May 2002), p. 83
  4. ^ "Receiver appointed to publisher of Irish Examiner - RTÉ News". RTÉ.ie. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Europa World Year Book 2004.Taylor & Francis Group,2004. (See section "Ireland-The Press",pg. 2223)
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  17. ^ Conor Doyle (21 February 2013). "Morning Newspapers ABC July-Dec 2012 - SEO Ireland, Search Engine Optimisation, Media and Marketing Consulting". Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
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  19. ^ Conor Doyle. "Morning Newspaper Circulation Jan June 2014 - SEO Ireland, Search Engine Optimisation, Media and Marketing Consulting". Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. 
  20. ^ Conor Doyle. "ABC Morning Newspaper Circulation July December 2014 - SEO Ireland, Search Engine Optimisation, Media and Marketing Consulting". Archived from the original on 20 February 2015. 
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 September 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
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Further reading

  • Irish Media: A Critical History Since 1922 By John Horgan. Routledge, 2001.
  • 'Remember When - Pictures from the Irish Examiner Archive, 2010 Collins Press

External links

  • Official website
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