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The Irish News (1891) and Belfast Morning News (1855) are published by The Irish News Ltd, 113-117 Donegall Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT1 2GE.
The Irish News was founded in 1891 as a direct result of the involvement of Charles Stewart Parnell, one of the great figures in Irish Nationalism, in a celebrated divorce scandal. However the origins of the title lie 36 years earlier.
1855 The Read brothers launched the Belfast Morning News as Ireland's first penny newspaper. The Morning News first appeared on 2nd July 1855 in a highly competitive market.
1890 Charles Stewart Parnell's affair with Kitty O'Shea became public knowledge. Parnell led the Irish Nationalist campaigners, but his ensuing divorce scandal split the Nationalist camp into pro and anti Parnell factions.
1891 Whilst the Belfast Morning News remained loyal to Parnell, the Irish News was launched on an anti-Parnell platform on 15th August 1891. The anti-Parnell view prevailed and within a year the Irish News had taken over its failing rival.
The paper saw a dramatic growth in its circulation with historical events:
1982 The paper came under total control of the company's present owners. This saw major investment in equipment and reorganisation of the editorial department.
1991 Re-launch of the Irish News including a new masthead
2000 Moved to new Euro format – 64 pages, full colour
2005 Switched to new Compact format – 96 pages, full colour
Today the Irish News is Northern Ireland’s largest selling morning newspaper.
1999 CIPR Awards, Newspaper of the Year
2000 CIPR Awards, Newspaper of the Year
2002 CIPR Awards, Newspaper of the Year
2004 CIPR Awards, Newspaper of the Year
2005 CIPR Awards, Newspaper of the Year
2006 The Newspaper Awards, Regional Newspaper of the Year
2007 The Newspaper Awards, Regional Newspaper of the Year
2010 Society of Editors, Regional Press Awards, Regional Newspaper of the Year
2011 Society of Editors, Regional Press Awards, Regional Newspaper of the Year
2012 The Newspaper Awards, Grand Prix and Regional Newspaper of the Year
2014 The Newspaper Awards, Regional Newspaper of the Year