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Foinse ([ˈfˠɪn̠ʲʃə]; Irish for "Source") was an Irish-language newspaper in Ireland. It was published in both printed and digital form, but in September 2013 the publisher Móinéar Teo. announced that Foinse would no longer be available in print after that month.[1] It was confirmed, however, that Foinse would continue to provide an online news service until 2015 when the website was closed down.


Foinse was first published in October 1996 as a weekly Saturday newspaper. It was published in Carraroe, County Galway and printed in Tralee. The newspaper closed temporarily in June 2009 because of falling revenue. The owner, Pádraig Ó Céidigh, announced that he and the funding body, Foras na Gaeilge, could not agree on the terms of a new contract.[2][3] Publishing resumed in 2009, however, with a new distribution model which was independent of Foras na Gaeilge.[4] This consisted of free distribution with the Irish Independent every Wednesday.[5] In February 2011, the paper had a reported readership of 195,000 in the Republic of Ireland.[6]


Foinse's content included stories about the Gaeltacht and the Irish language, coverage of current affairs, sport, travel, business and education, reviews, editorial pieces and sections for Leaving Certificate students (Foinse sa Rang) and children (Foinse Óg). Among those who wrote for Foinse were Dáithí Ó Sé, Evanne Ní Chuilinn, Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Mícheál Ó Conaola and Bláthnaid Ní Dhonnchadha. The paper also had a page for adult learners in conjunction with Conradh na Gaeilge and carried TG4 listings each week.

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  1. ^ "Deireadh ré don nuachtán Foinse". Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Foinse newspaper to close over funding". RTÉ.ie. 25 June 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "BBC NEWS - UK - Northern Ireland - Irish language paper closes". Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Emer Ní Chéidigh. "About Us Irish Language Newspaper - - Nuacht as Gaeilge - News through the Irish Language". Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Baile - Nuacht as Gaeilge - News through the Irish Language - - Nuacht as Gaeilge - News through the Irish Language". Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Figiúirí Foinse Eisithe". Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 

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