|Type||Daily Evening Newspaper|
|Owner||Thomas Crosbie Holdings|
The Evening Echo is an Irish evening newspaper based in Cork. It is distributed throughout the province of Munster, although it is primarily read in its base city of Cork. In Limerick, an altered local edition of the paper is sold. The newspaper was founded as a broadsheet in 1892, and has been published in tabloid format since 1991.
Unlike the Irish Examiner, which is a national daily, the Evening Echo's focus is on local news. Its role as the group's local newspaper was reinforced after the Irish Examiner moved from being the locally based Cork Examiner to being a national paper.
The Evening Echo is published daily (except Sunday).
According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, Ireland, the average daily circulation was down to 17,556 for the period January to June 2012. This represented a fall in circulation of 12% on a year-on-year basis. Circulation then further declined to 16,560 for the period July to December 2012. This represented a fall in circulation of 11% on a year-on-year basis.
In 1842, a 15-year-old boy from Kerry, named Thomas Crosbie, began to work for the paper. He later became its editor and, on Maguire's death in 1872, became proprietor as well. The newspaper has remained in the hands of the Crosbie family ever since. Under Thomas Crosbie's stewardship, the newspaper became a morning paper which appeared six times weekly. He was also responsible for launching the Evening Echo in 1892.
The newspaper's printing presses printed the First National Loan for the Sinn Féin Finance Minister, Michael Collins in 1919, leading to the British authorities briefly shutting down the paper. Ironically, the I.R.A. damaged the newspaper's printing presses in 1920, which were again destroyed by the anti-Treaty I.R.A. in 1922.
For decades the Evening Echo has been connected to the "Echo Boys", who were poor and often homeless children from the 1930s and 1940s that had the job of selling the newspaper. Today, the shouts of the vendors selling the Echo can still be heard all over the city. Other local newspapers are also printed in the city, but are less well known.
The Cork Evening Echo has numerous affiliations, particularly in sporting and cultural circles. The newspaper are the official sponsor of the Evening Echo Cork Senior Hurling Championship, as well as Feis Maitiú Corcaigh, the second largest festival member of the British and International Federation of Festivals. The Cork International Choral Festival is also supported by the Evening Echo.
- John Horgan (2001). Irish Media: A Critical History since 1922. Routledge. p. 6.