Founded in 1928, it bills itself as "the USA's most widely read Irish-American newspaper" with a readership of 100,000 with circulation of about 60,000. According to The Irish Echo's media kit, the newspaper is printed in both the United States and Ireland and has "newsstand presence in all major American and Irish cities." Irish writers John B Keane, Brian Friel and Tom Caulfield have all contributed to the paper in the past.
44 percent of the newspaper's readers are first-generation Irish immigrants to the US.
The Irish Echo is also known within the New York community as a popular medium for advertising private childcare services.