The Nation newspaper was first published on the 15th of October 1842. It was a weekly publication which focused on nationalist ideals. The paper was founded by three men, all of whom were followers of Daniel O'Connell, who saught to unite the people of Ireland under the common cause of social reform. These three men were, Charles Gavan Duffy, Thomas Davis, and John Blake Dillon.
The paper would become associated with Irish radicalism.
The Nation was a short lived newspaper and it ceased publication on the 6th of January 1844.