The Irish Post
|Founded||1 January 1970|
|Political alignment||Irish community in Britain|
The Irish Post is the biggest selling national newspaper for the Irish community in Great Britain. It is published every Wednesday and is available in stores all across Britain and in selected stores in the Republic of Ireland.
It went through a brief period of uncertainty in August 2011  when TCM put the paper into voluntary liquidation, citing five years of financial losses as the reason. Following a period of more than six weeks off the shelves, within which staff and supporters of the title launched the 'Save the Irish Post' campaign, the title was bought by Cork-born, London-based businessman Elgin Loane as a going concern. Mr Loane, a publisher who owns a number of titles in Britain and Ireland, including Loot and Buy&Sell, re-employed the majority of former staff of the paper at his Loot offices in Smithfield, London. The first edition of the re-launched title was published on Wednesday 19 October 2011.
The Irish Post website was relaunched in early 2013 as a daily news site for the Irish in Britain and saw 1,000% growth the same year. The Irish Post launched a business focused glossy magazine series in 2013. It has grown year on year and includes titles such as Building Britain, Companies100 and In Business. The Irish Post is particularly popular in areas of Britain with large groups of Irish expatriates such as Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and London.
The Irish Post announced it intended to acquire the Irish TV channel on Feb 2, 2017.
Irish Post Awards
The Irish Post hosts the annual Irish Post Awards in October each year, bringing together notable Irish individuals from across Britain to celebrate their successes in the fields of business, entertainment, sport, technology and design. Eamonn Holmes acts as the Master of Ceremonies for the largest event of its type, which brings 700 people together at The London Hilton on Park Lane. High-profile award winners in recent years include Michael Flatley who accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 and Golden Globe winning Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers accepting the Legend Award in 2014. The Irish Post Awards in 2015 honoured Hollywood Actress Fionnuala Flanagan, impresario Louis Walsh and football legend George Best.
The 2016 Irish Post Awards increased significantly in size being held in the Great Room at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, London.The Keynote speak was Mayor of London, Mr. Sadiq Khan. There were over 1,000 guest in attendance to see Ireland Football Manager Martin O Neill, East Ender Shane Richie and Premier League winners Leicester City CEO Susan Whelan among other take to the honours.
In 2017 the awards were televised live into Ireland on national broadcaster TG4 and Bob Geldof picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Awards received fantastic approval as a wonderful Irish diaspora event.
Notes and references
4. Irish Post Awards https://www.rte.ie/entertainment/2017/1124/922624-irish-post-awards/
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