The Echo (Cork newspaper)

The Echo, formerly known as the Evening Echo,[3] is an Irish morning newspaper based in Cork. It is distributed throughout the province of Munster, although it is primarily read in its base city of Cork. The newspaper was founded as a broadsheet in 1892,[2] and has been published in tabloid format since 1991.

The newspaper was part of the Thomas Crosbie Holdings group, and 'sister paper' to the group's Irish Examiner (formerly the Cork Examiner).[4] Thomas Crosbie Holdings went into receivership in March 2013.[5] The newspaper was acquired by Landmark Media Investments, which in turn was sold to The Irish Times in 2018.[6][7]

Unlike the Irish Examiner, which is now a national daily, The Echo's focus is on local news.[1]

The Evening Echo was first published in 1892.[9] It was launched as an evening paper by Thomas Crosbie, then proprietor of the Cork Examiner. Crosbie had himself joined the Examiner in 1841, taking over as editor - and later owner - after the death of founder John Francis Maguire in 1871. The newspaper remained in the hands of the Crosbie family until the 21st century.[8][10]

The presses used by the Examiner and Echo printed the First National Loan for the Sinn Féin Finance Minister Michael Collins in 1919, leading to the British authorities' briefly shutting down the paper. The I.R.A damaged the printing presses in 1920, and they were destroyed by the anti-Treaty I.R.A. in 1922.[11][8]

For decades the Evening Echo had been connected to the "Echo Boys",[9] who were poor and often homeless children that sold the newspaper.

The title was sold in July 2018, along with other assets of Landmark Media Investments, to The Irish Times group.[6][12]

In January 2019, it was announced that in March 2019 the Evening Echo would rebrand as The Echo and change from an evening newspaper to a morning newspaper.[13]

The Echo has a number of affiliations, including in sporting and cultural circles. The newspaper is the official sponsor of the Cork Senior Hurling Championship, as well as media sponsor of Feis Maitiú Corcaigh.[14] The Cork International Choral Festival is also supported by the newspaper.[15]

Average circulation was approximately 30,000 copies per issue in 1990,[4] 28,000 by 1999,[16] had decreased to 24,000 by 2009,[17] and was approximately 8,000 by the end of 2019.[18]