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Hot Press
Hot Press U2 cover July 2009.gif
Continuing their involvement with U2, Hot Press released a double cover edition featuring Bono in July 2009 just before the U2 360° Tour shows at Croke Park, Dublin.
Editor Niall Stokes
Categories Music, current affairs
Frequency 26 per year
First issue June 1977
Country Ireland
Language English
ISSN 0332-0847

Hot Press is a fortnightly music and politics magazine based in Dublin, Ireland founded in June 1977. The magazine has been edited since its inception by Niall Stokes. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, it had a circulation of 17,084 during 2014.


Hot Press was founded in June 1977. It is edited by Niall Stokes.[1] Since then, the magazine has featured some significant stories in the music world, both in Ireland and internationally. Hot Press has covered the career of U2 since the late 1970s. Sinéad O'Connor first talked to Hot Press about her lesbianism. Hot Press writer Stuart Clark was present on the day that Oasis came closest to splitting up. He gained an insight into the life of band member Noel Gallagher, including an interruption to the interview during which the Oasis songwriter was told that his brother Liam would not be gigging with the band that night.

"Fuck, no way man," he (Noel Gallagher) insists. "I'll probably get away with it tonight but I'm not as good a singer as he is. I'd much rather be stood in front of me amplifier doing the odd backing-vocal. The cunt! I tell you what I'm tempted to do – go on stage and tell the crowd his room number so they can go round the hotel and get their money back off him."[2]

In an interview with Hot Press's Jason O' Toole[3] model Katy French revealed that she would consider having an abortion if she got pregnant during the peak of her career and that she loved fur despite being a "massive animal lover". She also aired her religious beliefs (she was a Protestant but also practised Catholicism) and spoke highly of Islam and her Muslim friends saying, "When you read the Koran, you realise that Islam is a beautiful religion."

In the same interview she was asked if she had ever used cocaine and denied ever having done so.[4] Yet in November 2007, French confessed to an Irish tabloid that she had previously been a regular abuser of cocaine in the past only to become disillusioned with this. In the early hours of Sunday 2 December, Katy collapsed at a friend's house in Ashbourne, County Meath. She died at Our Lady's Hospital in Navan on the evening of 6 December just six weeks after her Hot Press interview was published. The interview became a regular source of information for newspaper reports in the aftermath, and was revisited in the Hot Press Annual 2008 which went to press just as she died.

Hot Press's Stuart Clark conducted a public interview with Pete Doherty at Trinity College, Dublin on 6 February 2009, hours before an interview on The Late Late Show with Pat Kenny.[5][6]

Hot Press was at the centre of a legal dispute over the copyright of the term De Dannan in 2009 after it featured an advertisement using the term to promote a new tour by the traditional group.[7] In September 2009, an interview conducted by Olaf Tyaransen with the comedian Tommy Tiernan at Electric Picnic 2009 proved controversial when Tiernan made some remarks which were later perceived as antisemitic. The comments were reported in the Irish and international media;[8][9] however, both Tyaransen and Hot Press editor Niall Stokes, as well as Tiernan himself, defended them as being taken out of context.[10][11][12]


Past writers for Hot Press have included ninth President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins,[13] the authors of BAFTA award-winning Father Ted, Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews, Sunday Times television reviewer Liam Fay, author and Daily Telegraph columnist Neil McCormick, the late Bill Graham,[14] The Sunday Business Post US correspondent Niall Stanage, Irish Examiner soccer correspondent Liam Mackey, The Irish Times columnist John Waters, food writer John McKenna, Sunday Independent journalist Declan Lynch and The Guardian football writer, Football Weekly regular Barry Glendenning and Daily Mail writer Jason O'Toole.

Current writers include Olaf Tyaransen,[15] Peter Murphy,[16] and Jackie Hayden.[17]


Hot Press mainly covers music and politics. However, it also deals with other topics such as books[18] and comedy.[19]


Hot Press covers all the major international music events, as well as Irish festivals such as Oxegen, Electric Picnic, Live at the Marquee, Cois Fharraige and Heineken Green Energy. Sometimes the magazine has a free CD with music by artists playing at the festival in question.

It sponsors the Hot Press New Bands Stage at Oxegen.[20]


Hot Press has had a strong liberal left wing stance on politics and social issues.[citation needed] During the 2007 General Election it supported many smaller left wing parties such as the Green Party and Labour.[citation needed] It has been critical of the Fianna Fáil government,[21] pro Seanad reform and was opposed to the June 2007 decision of the Irish Film Censor's Office to ban the videogame Manhunt 2[22] This is the first time a video game has been refused certification by the IFCO.[23]

Hot Press has interviewed several politicians, including President of Sinn Féin, Gerry Adams, DUP's Ian Paisley, Jr. MLA, leader of the Green Party, John Gormley and Minister for Finance, Brian Cowen.

The sort of smug know-all commentator... I suppose if anything annoys me, that annoys me... I could instance a load of fuckers whose throat I'd cut, and push over the nearest cliff, but there's no percentage in that. – Former Taoiseach Charles Haughey speaking to Hot Press writer John Waters in 1984.[24]

In his May 2007 interview with Jason O'Toole, former Minister for Health Cowen admitted to smoking marijuana, saying,

Anyone who went to the UCD bar in the '70s that didn't get a whiff of marijuana would be telling you a lie. I would say there were a couple of occasions when it was passed around – and, unlike President Clinton, I did inhale! There wasn't a whole lot in it really – (it was like) a Sweet Afton, as a 10-year-old, under a railway bridge on a rainy day, in small town Ireland in the late '60s. I certainly got more enjoyment out of a few pints.

This confession later provoked much criticism from opposition parties in the Dáil.[25] Ministers Willie O'Dea and Brian Lenihan, Jnr played down the controversy, denying Cowen was "setting a bad example".[26] Mr. Cowen later became Taoiseach following the resignation of Bertie Ahern.

In June 2007, DUP's Ian Paisley, Jr. MLA caused uproar in an interview with Jason O'Toole by publicly denouncing acts associated with homosexuality. This was the year before Iris Robinson, wife of First Minister, Peter Robinson made her thoughts on the issue.[27]

A December 2008 interview with Irish European Commissioner Charlie McCreevy was the subject of news stories and other commentary in a number of Irish-based newspapers, including the Irish Independent,[28] the Irish Star, the Irish Mirror, The Sun, the Irish Mail, the Mail on Sunday and The Irish Times and was covered extensively on radio, on RTÉ News and in other television including TV3's The Political Party. Internationally the interview was covered by the Wall Street Journal and The Morning Star, and the main news in Denmark featured it, as well as Das Journal in Austria, Diário Digital in Portugal and France's leading daily paper, Le Monde. The interview, conducted once again by Jason O'Toole (on this occasion in Brussels), had McCreevy say that Ireland's decision to reject the Lisbon Treaty had to be respected by the rest of Europe. McCreevy also revealed that he was pro-choice when it came to matters of abortion.[29][edit] is a website operated by Hot Press. It was launched in 2002, initially promising a free archive with 25 years of content.[30]

Hot Press Yearbook[edit]

The Hot Press Yearbook is released annually.[1]


Hot Press has published several books:

  • A Man In A Woman's World by Jackie Hayden, general manager of Hot Press (co-published in Nov 2007 with Killynon House Books.)
  • Diary Of A Man, by Dermod Moore, 2005. A collection of essays by the magazine's columnist aka Bootboy.
  • The Rooms, by Declan Lynch, 2005. The third novel from Declan Lynch.
  • The Palace of Wisdom (Sex Lines & The Story of O), by Olaf Tyaransen (2004, 2002, 2000) (all of Olaf Tyaransen's books have covers featuring paintings by Irish Artist Graham Knuttel
  • McCann: War & Peace in Northern Ireland, by Eamonn McCann, 1998.
  • My Boy, by Philomena Lynott with Jackie Hayden, 1996 Synopsis: The story of Phil Lynott as told by his mother. It is also her story, from the days as a single mother bringing up a young black child in Manchester and Dublin, through the heady success of Thin Lizzy, to the tragic chain of events which ended her son's life and plunged her into depression.
  • Crime Ink, by Jason O'Toole, 2009 (a collection of O'Toole's Hot Press pieces published by Merlin Publishing). Top ten in the Irish Bestsellers Chart.[31][32]


Hot Press issues free CDs on an irregular basis. These have included:
  • Phil Lynott: The Lost Recordings which was re-released with an issue in August 2006 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Phil Lynott's death. The CD featured five recordings which had never been released, including two tracks that had never been heard before.


As part of their thirtieth birthday celebrations in 2007, Hot Press ran a competition in association with Vodafone Ireland with a top prize of winning an internship at Hot Press. They asked sixth year and third-level students to submit no more than four hundred words about any music subject of their choice and the competition closed on 29 January 2007.

Four students won an internship at Hot Press, which took place in the summer or autumn of 2007 at the winner's discretion, as well as other prizes.

The panel of judges included writers and musicians, such as Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy; best-selling author Alex Barclay; Paul Howard of Ross O'Carroll-Kelly fame; Hot Press editor Niall Stokes and deputy editor Stuart Clark.[33]


AIB Photojournalism Awards[edit]

Photographer Graham Keogh won an AIB Photojournalism Award for a Bruce Springsteen photo in 2009.[34]

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2009 Bruce Springsteen photo Arts category of the AIB Photojournalism Awards 3rd

Illustrator's Ireland Awards[edit]

At the 2006 Illustrator's Ireland Awards, David Rooney won the Best Editorial Illustration Award and the Best Overall Illustration Award for his Liberation illustration which showed a Bhurka-wearing woman with her toe in water as oil fields burn in the background.[35]

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2006 Liberation Best Editorial Illustration Award Won
2006 Liberation Best Overall Illustration Award Won

PPAI Magazine of the Year Awards[edit]

Editor Niall Stokes won Editor of the Year at the 2008 PPAI Magazine of the Year Awards.[36]

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2008 Niall Stokes Editor of the Year Won

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Rockers out in force for Hot Press launch". Evening Herald. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  2. ^ The First Noel
  3. ^ "This year's model"Hot Press 26 October 2007
  4. ^ "Blessing of troubled teenage years", Irish Independent, 8 December 2007, p.5.
  5. ^ "What Pete didn't tell Pat". The Irish Times. 13 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  6. ^ "Doherty, Elbow and Cave for Oxegen". The Irish Times. 13 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  7. ^ "Oxegen Trad legends jig about with a legendary name". Sunday Independent. 26 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  8. ^ Sweeney, Ken (20 September 2009). "Six million? I would have got 10 or 12 million out of that. No f**kng problem! F**k them. Two at a time, they would have gone. Hold hands, get in there! Leave us your teeth and your glasses". Sunday Tribune. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  9. ^ Blondy, Brian (24 September 2009). "Irish comic: 'Six million? I would have got 10 or 12 million out of that'". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  10. ^ "A statement from Tommy Tiernan concerning accusations of anti-Semitism". Hot Press. 22 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  11. ^ "Tommy Tiernan responds to accusations of Anti-Semitism". Hot Press. 22 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  12. ^ Tyaransen, Olaf (25 September 2009). "How could reporter take my interview with Tommy out of context?". Evening Herald. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  13. ^ Cullen, Paul; Siggins, Lorna (11 November 2011). "A thinker unafraid to speak his mind". The Irish Times. Retrieved 11 November 2011. He began writing a column for Hot Press magazine in 1983, and made his mark on international social justice issues during the 1980s for his opposition to the Reagan visit 
  14. ^ "Funeral of Denis Keeley takes place today". Hot Press. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-04. Denis was best known in Irish music circles as the long-term partner of Philomena Lynott, whose "My Boy" was published by Hot Press and went to No.2 in the Irish best sellers. The Church of the Assumption is the church at which both Philip Lynott and Bill Graham of Hot Press were mourned. 
  15. ^ "Hot Press writer Olaf Tyaransen speaks to Irvine Welsh". Hot Press. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  16. ^ "Tóibín shortlisted for UK book award". The Irish Times. 24 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-24. A second Irish nominee, Hot Press writer Peter Murphy, has been nominated in the Costa First Novel Award shortlist for his book John the Revelator, which the judges described as a "dark and gripping story" which powerfully merges fact and fiction. 
  17. ^ John Meagher (8 February 2008). "Loaded: Festival films for music fans". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  18. ^ "Three Irish authors on Booker long-list". Hot Press. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  19. ^ "Comedy gigs galore". Hot Press. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  20. ^ "Oxegen 09: Oxegen line-up". Irish Independent. 3 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  21. ^ "Bertie Ahern's surrender to the right". Hot Press. 24 June 2002. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  22. ^ "MANHUNT 2 VIDEO GAME PROHIBITED". IFCO. 18 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-19. A prohibition order has been made by IFCO in relation to the video game Manhunt 2. The Order was made on 18 June 2007 under Sec 7 (1) (b) of the Video Recordings Act 1989 which refers to 'acts of gross violence or cruelty (including mutilation and torture) '. 
  23. ^ "RTE News". RTÉ News. Retrieved 2007-06-20. 
  24. ^ "Biffo takes his place in pantheon of the gaffers". The Irish Times. 24 May 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  25. ^ "The man who would be king". Retrieved 2007-12-14. 
  26. ^ "Election 2007: Fianna Fáil's crime strategy". RTÉ News and Current Affairs. 17 May 2007. Retrieved 27 December 2009. 
  27. ^ "The Junior Minister has his say about gays". Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  28. ^ "Ganley won Lisbon debate, says McCreevy". Irish Independent. 4 December 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  29. ^ "Wall Street Journal and Le Monde among newspapers covering Hot Press story". Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  30. ^ John Meagher (8 February 2002). "SOUNDBITE". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  31. ^ "'Wronged criminal' had regrets but little remorse". Irish Independent. 20 June 2009. Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  32. ^ "Hot Press based book hits Top Ten". Hot Press. 17 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  33. ^ "Budding writers tune up for Hot Press gig". Retrieved 2007-12-14. 
  34. ^ "Hot Press snapper wins AIB Photojournalism award". Hot Press. 21 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  35. ^ "Hot Press illustrator wins top award (free content)". Hot Press. 15 December 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  36. ^ "Hot Press Wins Editor of the Year". Hot Press. 5 December 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 

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