As has been the case in recent years the cover of our St. Patrick’s Day issue reprises the oldest surviving Irish Echo St. Patrick’s Day front page dating back to 1934. It’s fair to say that this is now our traditional cover for our special issue, and long may it continue. The actual cover stays the same but the color backdrop and surround changes each year.
As is the case every year the St. Patrick’s Day edition carries a number of special features penned by writers the Irish world over. We also feature opinion pieces by regular columnists and special contributors that this year include Senator Billy Lawless, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, and Northern Ireland Secretary of State Brandon Lewis.
The Echo has been publishing for 92 years and of course we now reach our readers online and by way of a digital edition.
Regardless of how we reach readers our dedication to quality journalism will be maintained in a time when journalism has come under multiple and extraordinary pressures. All this is possible because of our readers and advertisers and a small and dedicated staff and group of writers who bring to bear the spirit of St. Patrick all year round. Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit, Happy St. Patrick’s Day. — Ray O’Hanlon, Editor.