Ireland’s Most Influential Journalists

Ireland is home to some of the most impactful and influential journalists not only in the country but throughout the globe. Just by monitoring daily news on paper, radio, television, and the internet, you are sure to learn a thing or two from these talented individuals.

So, without further ado, here are some of the most well-known journalists hailing from Ireland.

Matt Cooper

Matt Cooper is a journalist for television, radio and newspaper. He is also a well-known author. He was the former editor of the Sunday Tribune broadsheet newspaper. Today, Cooper is the radio host of the radio news show “The Last Word.”

One of his most famous acts was recreating the iconic picture used for the cover of the Beatles hit album, Abbey Road. He did this just to publicize Today FM’s move across the River Liffey. After doing so, he revealed “I’m not a Beatles fan. Maybe I’m just a little bit too young or something.”

Cooper is slated to be a worthy replacement of veteran newsman Pat Kenny. He was also considered to be the next Graham Norton. Today, Cooper is one of the most followed and influential journalists on Twitter. He shares the top spot with Political expert Gavan Reilly.

Michael Morris, 3rd Baron Killanin


Morris is one of those people who were able to achieve a lot when they were alive. Before Morris met his maker, he was a journalist, he was an author, he was a sports official, he was an actor and he was the president.

Not the president of Ireland but the President of the International Olympic Committee. Morris was not your ordinary journalist as he covered the Second Sino-Japanese War. He also worked for some of the most well-known publications in Europe including Daily Express and Daily Sketch.

He was also named as Baron Killanin in the Peerage of the United Kingdom in 1927. He succeeded his uncle Martin Henry Fitzpatrick Morris. To this day, Morris’s life and achievements in the various fields are one of the most talked-about sources of information when it comes to learning more about journalism.

Morris died at the age of 84 on April 25, 1999. He is rested at their family vault in the New Cemetery at Galway.

Frank Delaney


Frank Delaney, another late journalist on this list. Delaney died on February 21, 2017. He was one of the most prolific journalists in the country as his works impressed the globe. Delaney started his journalism career at RTE as a newsreader back in 1970.

After that, he managed to land a news reporter role for BBC in Dublin. One of his most memorable and talked about coverage was during the ethnic-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland.

He is also recognized for his achievement in writing. He published the New York Times best-seller “Ireland” as well as the non-fiction book “Simple Courage: A True Story of Peril on the Sea.”

If you want to learn more about Ireland’s history and modern journalism, learn more about these three individuals.