Last Updated 13/03/2019.
Still at the top is Arseblog, which was created by Andrew Mangan, a diehard Arsenal fan who turned his love for football and The Gunners into a hugely successful blog. From live blogging every Arsenal match to running a popular podcast (Arsecast), Andrew covers everything an Arsenal fan could wish for. With several contributing columnists, Arseblog provides detailed commentary, predictions and the latest news from the team and the players. Readers even have the option to become a member of Arseblog, getting exclusive content, discounts on merchandise and advance notice of tickets and events.
Journalist, playwright, author and blogger, Phil Mac Giolla Bháin, created his eponymous blog back in 2008 focusing mainly on Scottish football. Over time the blog has grown to cover a wide variety of topics, campaigning for social justice and promoting his plays that celebrate key moments in Scottish and Irish history. Regular contributor to local and national Irish publications, Phil brings his life as a journalist to the pages of his blog.
Created by former model Pippa O’Connor Ormond, Pippa has grown from a humble fashion blog into a brand of its own. Staying true to her fashion blogger roots, Pippa shares the latest fashion and beauty tips, from the must-have pieces for spring to hair trends from the 90s which are making a comeback. With her own denim fashion line, POCO by Pippa, and a range of scented candles, Pippa continues to take her love for jeans, beauty and all things fashion to her readers, and there’s even the option to shop her style.
DJ and journalist Niall Byrne is the man behind Nialler9, the most-read Irish music blog. Based in Dublin, Nialler9 posts the latest music news in the city, from the best places to go to celebrate St Patrick’s Day to gig and festival announcements. Dedicated to promoting Irish music around the globe, Niall has curated gigs at SXSW, in London and runs his own club night at Lumo. Nialler9 has evolved from the screen to a podcast, chatting about music news and reviews and has grown into a second podcast called Loose Joints, featuring a loose collection of tunes tied together by Niall and his guests.
Suzanne Jackson created SoSueMe back in 2010 and since then it has grown into one of Ireland’s leading fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogs. Working with well-known brands such as Pretty Little Thing, Rimmel and Lipsy, SoSueMe has become synonymous with beauty and fashion. Suzanne has also created her own beauty brand, SOSU by Suzanne Jackson, creating top-selling products which fly off the virtual shelves. SoSueMe continues to blog about the latest beauty trends including how to get Suzanne’s holiday make-up or maintaining that holiday glow.
After reading Chicken Soup for the Soul, Janet Newenham decided to leave her full-time job in Ireland and set off to travel the world and have as many adventures as possible. A qualified journalist, Janet created Journalist On The Run to document her journey and share what life is like as a digital nomad. Exploring as much of the world as possible, Janet has been lucky enough to do yoga in Bali and make dumplings in Japan, posting her travels on Journalist On The Run alongside beautiful photography that could give anyone wanderlust!
7. Dolly Dowsie
Fiona Naughton-Sulej originally created Dolly Dowsie to virtually scrapbook the childhood of her first son Tyler Lee and later the addition of her second child Beau. Dolly Dowsie has now grown into a family blog covering all aspects of parenting, from cooking for kids to child-friendly travel destinations. Fiona is a keen photographer and each post is accompanied with beautiful imagery of both the Irish countryside and her family. Dolly Dowsie has plenty of family tips for parents or soon-to-be parents, including how to make moving house easier with children and how to give them an amazing childhood.
The m0vie blog was created by Darren Mooney back in 2009 as a place to share his thoughts on the latest films and the odd theatre review. Darren co-hosts a number of podcasts including Scannain, promoting Irish films to an international audience, and The 250, reviewing IMDB’s top 250 movies of all time. Flouting convention, The m0vie blog doesn’t give star ratings, instead Darren lists his likes and dislikes, letting the reader make up their mind about how he feels!
An Sionnach Fionn is an award-winning blog featuring Irish republican commentary on national and international news, political history and culture. An Sionnach Fionn (which translates into English as The White Fox) was created back in 2011 to promote progressive opinion on the island nation of Ireland and reports on Irish culture from books to movies. Although An Sionnach Fionn is vocal with its political opinions, it’s not affiliated to any particular party, encouraging debate and discussion among its readers.
Lovely Girlie Bits was created by Karen Constantine back in September 2010 to share her love of all things make-up and beauty. Lovely Girlie Bits is a blog for every budget, whether you’re looking to find a high-street bargain or want to invest in key items, there’s plenty of options for all readers. Karen makes sure to promote Irish beauty brands and shares regular reviews of a variety of products, from skincare to the latest make-up to hit the shelves.
The fundamentals of working with bloggers are the same as with traditional journalists at traditional media outlets: respect their schedules; take time to read their material to learn their interests; and only contact them if/when they want to be contacted.
Vuelio’s blog ranking methodology takes into consideration social sharing, topic-related content and post frequency. Profiles of these Irish blogs and their authors can be found in the Vuelio Media Database.
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