Irish ABCs: Big falls across NI and the Republic

Most major Irish daily and Sunday newspapers failed to grow their circulations year on year during the first six months of 2010, according to figures released today.

Just 12 papers put on circulation, however heavy drops were most keenly felt in the Republic of Ireland as several titles suffered big year-on-year declines during the first half of the year, according to data from the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

Thirteen paid-for titles in the Republic of Ireland suffered double-digit year-on-year circulation declines during the six-months to the end of June.

The Fingal Independent suffered the biggest fall as it dropped 19.6 per cent year-on-year to an average circulation of 3,839 for each issue over the period.

Similarly, the Munster Express dropped 18.60 per cent to an average circulation of 6,742, while the Leinster Leader dropped to an average circulation of 8,488 during the period – a fall of 17.4 per cent year-on-year.

Of the bigger tiles, the Sunday Tribune recorded one of the larger falls in circulation to 54,400 – a drop of 17.2 per cent year-on-year – while the Sunday Business Post had an average circulation of 49,637 for each issue it published in the period – a drop of 14.1 per cent year on year.

The Sunday Independent (series), had an average circulation of 265,455 in the period, a year-on-year drop of 2.5 per cent.

The Sunday World (series) had an average circulation of 267,130 each week, which constituted a year-on-year drop of 3.7 per cent, while the Irish Independent (series) averaged a circulation each day of 144,896, a drop of 4.8 per cent.

The Irish Times (series) averaged a daily circulation of 105,742 during the period –a drop of 7.6 per cent.

Only two paid-for papers in the Republic of Ireland put on circulation, the Donegal News which averaged a circulation of 3,987 – an increase of 2.9 per cent – and the Donegal News Group, which averaged a circulation of 15,467 for a 0.3 per cent increase.

In Northern Ireland several newspapers had year on year circulation gains.

The Sunday Journal recorded a circulation of 2,684 – a rise of 8.5 per cent – but the biggest rises were claimed by the five free Community Telegraph titles, which are mostly published for regions of Belfast.

The Belfast Telegraph fell one per cent year on year to 67,353, while The Irish News fell 2.7 per cent to 45,531.

Average circulation of paid-for daily/Sunday Republic titles Jan to Jun ’10 (y-o-y change)

  • Cork – Evening Echo 22,288 -7.90%
  • Donegal on Sunday 3,791 -0.70%
  • Dublin – Evening Herald 67,657 -5.00%
  • Dublin – Irish Independent – Morning (Series) 144,896 -4.80%
  • Dublin – Irish Times – Morning (Series) 105,742 -7.60%
  • Irish Examiner – Morning 46,687 -7.30%
  • Sunday Business Post 49,637 -14.10%
  • Sunday Independent (Series) 265,455 -2.50%
  • Sunday Tribune 54,400 -17.20%
  • Sunday World (Series) 267,130 -3.70%
  • Weekend Herald 40,933 -2.30%

Circulation of paid-for non-daily Republic titles

  • The Anglo Celt 12,419 -6.30%
  • The Argus 9,785 -7.60%
  • Bray People 4,247 -12.20%
  • Carlow People 4,014 -12.90%
  • Connacht Sentinel 5,311 N/A
  • Connacht Tribune 22,136 N/A
  • The Corkman 7,196 -4.10%
  • Donegal Democrat (Thurs) 10,408 -13.10%
  • Donegal Democrat (Tues) 7,632 -4.20%
  • Donegal News – Friday Edition 11,480 -0.50%
  • Donegal News – Monday Edition 3,987 2.90%
  • Donegal News Group 15,467 0.30%
  • Donegal Post Pending
  • Drogheda Independent 7,587 -13.80%
  • Drogheda Independent Group 21,211 -12.20%
  • Dundalk Democrat 5,849 -13.70%
  • The Echo (Series) 7,613 -2.30%
  • Enniscorthy Guardian 6,888 -6.40%
  • Fingal Independent 3,839 -19.60%
  • Inish Times 5,236 -4.60%
  • The Kerryman 20,600 -9.60%
  • Kilkenny People 13,342 -7.30%
  • Leinster & Offaly Express 12,838 -9.50%
  • Leinster Leader 8,488 -17.40%
  • Leitrim Observer 7,608 -0.10%
  • Limerick Leader (Weekend) 17,600 -7.50%
  • Longford Leader 8,375 -4.30%
  • Meath Chronicle 12,009 -9.70%
  • Munster Express 6,742 -18.60%
  • The Nationalist 14,375 N/A
  • Nationalist & Munster Advertiser 11,227 -11.80%
  • Nenagh Guardian 7,418 -6.20%
  • New Ross Standard 5,877 -3.30%
  • People Newspaper Group 43,199 -7.60%
  • Roscommon Herald 7,907 -6.00%
  • Sligo Champion 9,944 -8.30%
  • Tipperary Star 7,759 -8.40%
  • The Tuam Herald 9,064 -2.20%
  • Westmeath Examiner 6,596 -13.80%
  • Wexford People 11,497 -6.40%
  • Wicklow People 10,676 -7.80%

Average circulation of paid-for daily/Sunday NI titles

  • Belfast Telegraph 67353 -1.00%
  • Irish News – Morning 45531 -2.70%
  • Sunday Journal 2684 8.50%
  • Sunday Life 64125 -2.70%
  • Ulster – News Letter 24346 -3.60%

Average circulation of non-daily NI titles

  • Ads for Free 10648 -8.10%
  • Ballymena Times 3589 -5.60%
  • Banbridge & District Weekender 9200 1.40%
  • Banbridge Chronicle 4987 -7.40%
  • Belfast News 48504 3.50%
  • Coleraine Times 7124 -4.40%
  • Community Telegraph East Belfast 38367 25.10%
  • Community Telegraph Group 118845 20.70%
  • Community Telegraph North Belfast 24872 5.30%
  • Community Telegraph North Down & Ards 28993 23.60%
  • Community Telegraph South Belfast 26613 28.70%
  • County Derry Post 4754 -9.40%
  • Derry Journal (Fri) 18105 -5.60%
  • Derry Journal (Tue) 16456 -3.40%
  • Derry Journal Group 59076 -5.40%
  • Derry News – Monday 5940 -4.70%
  • Derry News – Thursday 6193 -6.10%
  • Derry News Group 16887 -6.60%
  • Down Recorder 10667 -2.00%
  • Fermanagh Herald 13169 0.00%
  • Impartial Reporter 13103 -3.50%
  • Larne Times 8929 -3.10%
  • The Leader 3534 0.70%
  • Lisburn Echo 18846 -6.70%
  • Londonderry Sentinel 4410 1.90%
  • Lurgan Mail 7480 -7.30%
  • Mid Ulster Mail 8850 -4.60%
  • Morton Newspaper Free Group 28046 -44.00%
  • Morton Newspaper Paid Group 65596 -3.00%
  • Mourne Observer 10802 -3.10%
  • Newry Democrat 7821 -3.10%
  • Newry Reporter 12785 -5.90%
  • The North West of Ireland Printing & Publishing News Group 53038 -0.40%
  • Portadown Times 9679 -1.30%
  • Strabane Chronicle 5560 0.20%
  • Tyrone Herald 6531 0.10%
  • Tyrone Times 3661 6.60%
  • Ulster Herald 12311 -2.30%
  • Ulster Herald Group 24402 -1.10%
  • Ulster Star 8340 -4.50%

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