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We had no idea where the train was head­ing when we started out, but it has been a hell of an ad­ven­ture for us – and for our read­ers and our sub­scribers – ever since.

• Launched in June 1977, Hot Press is ap­proach­ing its 40th An­niver­sary year. In the in­ter­ven­ing pe­riod, with its heady mix of mu­sic, pop­u­lar cul­ture, so­cial is­sues and po­lit­i­cal aware­ness, the magazine has con­sis­tently in­tro­duced tal­ented young jour­nal­ists, writ­ers, mu­si­cians, co­me­di­ans and film-mak­ers to the world. It has also done its bit to change the face of mod­ern Ire­land, by help­ing to trans­form the me­dia land­scape; by cam­paign­ing con­sis­tently on a va­ri­ety of so­cial is­sues, in­clud­ing Sex­ual Free­dom, LGBT Rights, Men­tal Health and the cam­paign to Re­peal the 8th; and by sup­port­ing Ir­ish cul­ture, and in par­tic­u­lar Ir­ish mu­sic, at every turn. Oh, and some­times by just laugh­ing at the ab­sur­dity of it all!

The magazine has also car­ried some of the most im­por­tant and re­veal­ing in­ter­views ever with peo­ple in Ir­ish pub­lic life – from the fa­mous in­ter­view with Char­lie Haughey in 1984, which es­tab­lished the Hot Press In­ter­view as vi­tal to the na­tional con­ver­sa­tion, through the De­cem­ber 1987 in­ter­view with Gerry

Adams that sparked the be­gin­nings of the peace process, right up to a se­ries of re­cent, ground­break­ing, head­line-mak­ing in­ter­views with lead­ing Ir­ish politi­cians and per­son­al­i­ties. Be­gin­ning soon, Hot Press 40th An­niver­sary will be cel­e­brated with a se­ries of spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, events, pro­mo­tions, pub­li­ca­tions and pro­duc­tions – and our sub­scribers will be the very first to hear what’s hap­pen­ing every time.

So why not join the Hot Press In­ner Cir­cle now and get the cel­e­bra­tions go­ing, by tak­ing out a sub­scrip­tion (Print & Dig­i­tal* or Dig­i­tal Plus**).

Your sup­port will help us to con­tinue Mak­ing His­tory…

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