The Irish Queenslander Magazine
We just wanted to give a shout out to the Irish Queenslander magazine. If you don’t know the Irish Queenslander is the only news, events, features and sports print publication produced exclusively for the Irish community in Queensland, Australia.
Mary Allen, its dynamic founder, comes from Cork city, Ireland. She worked for nine years as senior sub-editor and columnist at the city’s daily newspaper, Evening Echo. She has lived in Australia for three years, in Sydney and Brisbane.
Below is the August – September issue cover.
Her big ambition was a high-quality magazine, with positive stories that showcased all that is good about the Irish community. It also had to be free of charge.
Designing a magazine from home, getting columnists and advertisers on board, networking and taking photographs at events, setting up social networking pages and a website, and doing all the background work involved in setting up any small business, was daunting.
The main site which is in the process of being developed will be used to showcase the magazine. Mary’s main aim is to help Irish in Australia, moving here is certainly not easy and is hard on everyone no matter how much savings or job security you have.
The first edition of Irish Queenslander was launched at Queensland Gaelic Football and Hurling Association’s 40th anniversary family day. True to Mary’s desire to help community organisations it included a four-page souvenir pull-out on the history of the GAA in Queensland. It included 32 pages of news, events and sports, all full colour and printed on high-quality, glossy paper. Community associations were given free pages within it so that they could get their news out all over Queensland. The first print run was 2,000 copies, distributed through Irish pubs, club and associations, concentrated mainly in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.
As we have the same goal with Irish Around Oz, we wanted to share some valuable information about the Irish Queenslander. So be sure to check out the site and email Mary if you have any queries etc. Contact information can be seen below.
As the number of copies increase be sure to see the magazine around your local establishment very soon! Be sure to check them out on Facebook Irish Queenslander
Any queries for Mary be sure to email her at [email protected]
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