The Sunday papers

A history of Ireland’s weekly press

Joe Breen & Mark O'Brien, editors

Hardback €49.50
Catalogue Price: €55.00
ISBN: 978-1-84682-727-3
Coming Winter 2018. 256pp; colour ills

For over a century, the Irish Sunday newspaper has influenced social mores and political developments in Ireland. In this lively and engaging book, historians and journalists celebrate the character, role, culture and history of the Irish Sunday newspaper, with a look at the most important and influential titles of the twentieth century, including the Sunday IndependentSunday Freeman Sunday Press, Sunday Review, Sunday World, Sunday Journal, Sunday Tribune and Sunday Business Post. Each chapter gives an overview of a particular title, examining the Ireland in which it first appeared, its origins, its proprietors, editors, journalists and contributors, its major stories and controversies, its business dynamic, circulation and readership, and its overall contribution to journalism, society and culture in terms of its coverage of politics, sports and other areas of public interest.

Contents: Mark O’Brien (DCU), The Sunday Independent, 1905–84; Felix Larkin (ind.), The Sunday Freeman; Ray Burke (RTÉ), The Sunday Press; Joe Breen (ind.), The Sunday Review; Regina Uí Chollatáin (UCD) & Siún Ní Dhuinn (RTÉ), The Sunday World ; Mary Muldowney (ind.), The Sunday Journal; Pat Brennan (ind.) & Brian Trench (DCU), The Sunday Tribune; Kevin Rafter (DCU), The Sunday Independent, 1984–2004; Ed Mulhall (ind.), The Sunday Business Post; Michael Foley (DIT), The British Sunday press in Ireland.

Joe Breen is a former managing editor at the Irish Times, where he worked as chief sub-editor, op-ed editor, online editor and duty editor. He has also lectured on journalism. Mark O’Brien is senior lecturer in journalism history at Dublin City University and author of The Irish Times: a history (Dublin, 2008) and The fourth estate: journalism in twentieth-century Ireland (Manchester, 2017).