Penny Magazine Imitators
Like The Penny Magazine, the Dublin Penny Journal was issued each Saturday between 1832 and 1836. The Irish Penny Journal appeared weekly from 1840-1841.
While both journals also had the mission of educating the masses, their focus aligned with Irish identity. Their articles and illustrations often featured Ireland's history, legends, topography, and literature. For instance, the cover of The Irish Penny Journal for Saturday, May 8, 1841 featured a steel engraved illustration of "The Irish Wolf-dog," long part of traditional Irish culture and legend.
Aside from the distinctive Irishness of the publications, their contents closely resembled the self-improvement articles found in English journals. Much like The Penny Journal, the pages of The Dublin Penny Journal advocated against intemperance and featured a miscellany of information. In 1832, for instance, topics ranged from phrenology to a description of the estate of Terenure.