The first Irish language periodical, Bolg an tSolair, was published in Belfast in 1795 although journalism in a modern context through the medium of Irish did not begin to flourish until the early years of the twentieth century. The ‘Gaelic column’ in English newspapers; Philip Barron’s Waterford-based Ancient Ireland – A Weekly Magazine (1835); Richard Dalton’s Tipperary journal Fíor-Éirionnach (1862); alongside some occasional periodicals with material relating to the Irish language, ensured that the Irish language featured as an element of a modern journalistic print culture (Nic Pháidín, 1987: 71-2).

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