The Gown

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The Gown
The Gown logo
Owner(s) Independent
Founder(s) Richard Herman
Editor Victoria Brown
Founded 1955[1]
Language English
Headquarters Queen's University Belfast Students' Union, University Road, Belfast
Circulation 3000
Free online archives Free of charge

The Gown is the student newspaper at Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. It was formed by Richard Herman, a medical student, in April 1955. In 2005 Dr. Herman attended the papers 50th Anniversary.

The paper is run voluntarily by students, and is funded by advertising without University or Students' Union assistance, although it is located in the Union building.


During the Troubles, the 30 years of political violence in Northern Ireland, the newspaper covered the deaths of local MP Robert Bradford and the murder of Queen's university lecturer and Assembly member Edgar Graham in 1983.[citation needed] The paper also interviewed Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Féin during the height of the Provisional Irish Republican Army's campaign.[citation needed] The Gown also interviewed the then little-known band U2.[citation needed]

Past contributors include Mark Carruthers and Maggie Taggart of BBC Northern Ireland, Henry McDonald of The Observer, radio and television presenter Nick Ross, journalist Eamonn McCann, Irish Times foreign correspondent Conor O'Clery and that paper's political cartoonist Martyn Turner.[citation needed]

In February 2010, standing news editor Lorcan Mullen published in The Guardian an article concerning a leaked NI government report regarding university fees.[2]


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  2. ^ "The cap sticks, says university fees panel". the Guardian. 23 February 2010.

External links

  • Official website
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