About Us

***Irish Exile 1The Irish Echo is the only Irish newspaper in the Asia Pacific region.

Established in 1988 in Sydney, the Echo is a newspaper for expats, those of Irish heritage and anyone interested in the Irish culture.

Originally called the Irish Exile after the first Irish newspaper published in Australia back in the 19th century, the publication was established by two Irishmen – Billy Cantwell from Navan, Co Meath and Seamus Maher from Fethard, Co Tipperary.

The first edition was distributed only in Sydney. In March 1989, distribution was extended to Melbourne and Brisbane with a second edition.

Then, in May 1989, the first regular edition was published with copies sent to all Australian states.

In March 1992, Mr Cantwell took over the newspaper and changed its title to the Irish Echo.

A month later, we published our first full colour cover. Then, in 1995, the newspaper switched from a monthly to a fortnightly edition.IRE120809_p01s

Early in 2001, we unveiled our new masthead including its trademark Irish take on the Australian Southern Cross.

The Irish Echo brand is now firmly established as the Australian Irish newspaper. In 2009, the newspaper celebrated its 20th anniversary by publishing, for the first time, the Top 100 Irish Australians of all time in a gloss-covered edition that won acclaim across Australia and beyond.

The Irish Echo website is now ten years old. It is the number one online destination for expats and those interested in Irish Australia.

After 26 years in print, the Irish Echo Australia continues to set the benchmark for expat newspapers around the globe.

Updated July 2015
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