Irish eyes are reading

February 12, 2012 by  

A new division in charge of community newspapers has been announced by Niall O’Dowd, founder and CEO of IrishCentral LLC.

To broaden the online company’s audience in New England’s prolific Irish community, O’Dowd will merge Home & Away with Connell Gallagher’s The Irish Emigrant. The two papers will be controlled by IrishCentral, however, the titles will remain the same.

Based in Malden, The Irish Emigrant is considered the number one source of Irish news in the New York and Boston region for almost 20 years.

O’Dowd expects to expand into the north east, reaching out to those of Irish descent and the newly landed with his publications. Malden print companies have long served the large Irish American population in Massachusetts. According the 2008 census, 11.9 per cent of Americans identify as having Irish roots.

Connell Gallagher, publisher of The Irish Emigrant said:

“It has been an honor to promote Irish news and culture alongside Niall O’Dowd all these years. This alliance strengthens our position as the trusted resource for Irish news in North America and also presents our content to’s, one million monthly visitors.”

O’Dowd of IrishCentral added to the comments.

“This is a perfect alliance for both companies as we strengthen our coverage of Irish news and further introduce a whole new generation to their Irish roots and wonderful heritage”, O’Dowd continued.

His other publications include the Irish Voice Newspaper and Irish America Magazine. was launched in 2009 and in three short years, is considered the largest media site with Irish American content.