|Owner(s)||Florence O'Sullivan |
|Headquarters||Skibbereen, County Cork|
One of its rival newspapers in the 19th century was The Skibbereen Eagle, founded in 1857. It had become "famous by declaring it was 'keeping an eye on the Czar of Russia' over his expansionist designs on China". On the centenary of the event, Brendan McWilliams gave a slightly different account in The Irish Times, saying that on 5 September 1898 The Skibbereen Eagle's editorial stated "We will still keep our eye on the Emperor of Russia and on all such despotic enemies, whether at home or abroad, of human progression and man's natural rights.".
The Skibbereen Eagle eventually folded and, in 1929, was bought out by The Southern Star.
Currently[when?] The Southern Star is the largest selling newspaper in Cork county, employing about 30 people and has a weekly readership of over 50,000. It is privately owned by the O'Regan family, who reside in Skibbereen. Liam O'Regan edited the paper 1958 until his death in January 2009.
- "Quoted from the Skibbereen Guide". skibbereen.ie. Archived from the original on 25 January 2010.
- Brendan McWilliams (5 September 1998). "Keeping an eye on Russia". The Irish Times. Retrieved 27 January 2022.
How little things change in this big world of ours. It was exactly 100 years ago today, on September 5th, 1898, that the Skibbereen Eagle ran its famous editorial: "We will still keep our eye on the Emperor of Russia and on all such despotic enemies, whether at home or abroad, of human progression and man's natural rights." The Skibbereen Eagle is no longer with us, but Russia is, and the eyes of the world are still firmly fixed upon it.
- "About Us - History". southernstar.ie. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014.
- "Death of Liam O'Regan". skibbereen.wordpress.com. January 2009.
- Alan McCarthy, Newspapers and Journalism in Cork, 1910-23: Press, Politics and Revolution, Four Courts Press, 2020