It was founded in 1994 and was published by the Alpha Newspaper Group as part of its East Antrim Gazette series, together with the Ballyclare Gazette and the Carrickfergus Advertiser. The Group is based in Dungannon and chaired and owned by Lord Kilclooney, who was formerly John Taylor MP and deputy leader of the Ulster Unionists.
It came out on Wednesdays. An e-edition was also available by paid subscription.
On 10 February 2010 the Carrickfergus Advertiser announced plans to merge with the Gazette with effect from the week beginning 15 February 2010, in line with the planned reorganisation of local government. Nevertheless there were no plans to close either the Carrick or the Larne offices at that time, and each paper continued to maintain a separate existence. However, the Larne Gazette finally closed in September 2011, and its website has been withdrawn.