About the founder

Mary Allen, editor of Irish Queenslander, with Queensland Rose of Tralee Sorcha Holmes, at the launch of Irish Queenslander magazine in Queensland Irish Club.

IrishQueenslander.com is the only professional, Irish owned and operated news site for the Irish community in Queensland.

Established as a glossy, colour print magazine in 2012, Irish Queenslander featured news, events, features and sports. An Irish, Australian and Scottish team worked on its publication, including editor Mary Allen from Cork, as well as well-known columnists, journalists, community group contributors and photographers.

Irish Queenslander crew, including editor Mary Allen and photographer Jeff Ram, at the 2014 Brisbane Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Pic: Katherine O’Malley

Mary Allen worked for nine years as senior sub-editor and columnist at Cork City’s daily newspaper office, Evening Echo and Irish Examiner. She is an accomplished publications manager, editor, journalist and award-winning graphic designer, with more than 15 years’ experience in media. Mary has been interviewed on Sky News International, as well as on radio and for magazines and news publications in Ireland and Australia.

She has written features, news stories and columns for national and international publications, including the Irish Examiner, Evening Echo, Inside Cork and Irish Echo Australia. She also managed several publications for Spinal Life Australia.

She has redesigned and relaunched magazines and supplements, as well as working on books, and was regularly relied on when a particularly tricky supplement or special edition needed someone with a keen eye for design. She also had ground-breaking ideas for successful columns at the Evening Echo, including Ireland’s first website review column and Ireland’s first LGBT column.

Mary has worked on publications based in Ireland, the USA, England, Australia and Asia. She is also a volunteer administrator on several social media sites, including Positively Irish, a humour and news page which has 60,000 followers and a regular weekly post-reach of half a million Irish people all around the world.

Mary is married and has two children. She is a seasoned traveller, having previously lived in London, Scotland, Jamaica, China and several stints in Sydney and Brisbane. She is well-known in the Queensland Irish community.

Irish Queenslander entered the Back To The Future Delorean car, built in Belfast, in the 2014 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Brisbane.

Irish Queenslander’s print edition was a free bi-monthly magazine with an average distribution of 6,000 copies, printed on the Sunshine Coast and available throughout Queensland and in northern New South Wales at venues frequented by the Irish community, including shops, clubs, pubs and hotels. It was also distributed to retirement homes and charity groups. It had the support of all the major Irish community organisations.

The first edition of Irish Queenslander magazine.

The print magazine version of Irish Queenslander ceased publication in 2014 but it has continued to grow its audience on social media.

Irish Queenslander has a popular website, Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Mary Allen’s byline pic from the Irish Examiner and Evening Echo in Cork, where she worked for a decade as a senior sub-editor, columnist and graphic designer.

Mary also works as a media consultant and runs her own freelance editorial services company, The Right Type. Over the years, her clients have included websites, social media sites, festivals, committees, sports and social groups, engineering companies, medical companies, book publishers, and national and international newspapers and magazines.

In the news…

The story of Irish Queenslander was featured in newspapers and on radio many times during its run as a print magazine.
This included an article in Cork’s daily newspaper the Evening Echo, a story in Australia’s national Irish magazine Tintean, and a full page story in the Sunshine Coast Daily newspaper.
Mary was also interviewed on The Irish Program on Radio 4EB, which you can listen to here; on the Ilija Dugandzic show (58,000 listeners) on 96five Family Radio which broadcasts to South East Queensland, you can listen to the interview here; and on the hugely popular Neil Prendeville Show on Cork’s 96FM and 103FM (78,000 listeners). You can listen to that interview here.
During her time living in Sydney, Mary was also interviewed by Jonathan Samuels on Sky News International about the recession in Ireland, which was broadcast worldwide (Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Asia Pacific, Australia, and the Americas – total reach 2.7 million viewers). You can watch it on YouTube here.
The story of Mary and her family’s appearance on Sky News was also featured on online Irish media outlet Broadsheet.ie.

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