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About Publishing Ireland

Publishing Ireland is an all-island membership organisation, established in 1970

Publishing Ireland welcomes membership from publishers who

  • are based in Ireland;
  • have published at least two titles to professional standard;
  • agree to adhere to the Publishing Ireland Members Code of Practice.

 Associate membership:
Open to all services to the industry.


Publishing Ireland is funded through membership fees and support and specific project funding from the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency (ICLA), the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Arts Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

What we do:

 Advice, support and information
Members have access to the expertise of industry members.

CLÉmail: Weekly e-newsletter to subscribers, with industry updates, news, events and career opportunities.

Publishing Ireland has an extensive training schedule each year, open to members and non-members. Training is targeted at both company heads and general staff, with a combination of specific skills development and broader topics from copyright and contracts to legal regulations and rights.

Dublin Book Festival (DBF)
The Dublin Book Festival is one of Ireland’s most successful and vibrant book festivals, established by Publishing Ireland in 2006. This annual public festival showcases, supports and develops Irish publishing by programming, publicising and selling Irish-published books, their authors, editors and contributors — all in an entertaining, festive, friendly and accessible environment that presents the creativity and personality of the Irish publishing sector and its authors.

Most DBF events take place in Smock Alley Theatre in the heart of Temple Bar. A variety of other locations have included the National Library, Kildare Street; the Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar; the RDS Library, Ballsbridge; the Irish Writers Centre, Parnell Square; The Ark, 11A Eustace Street, Temple Bar; the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin; and Dublin Port, Alexandra Road. Various Dublin city libraries also host a number of the schools’ events.

The Dublin Book Festival Trade Day
The Dublin Book Festival Trade Day is a full-day conference for the publishing industry, which takes place during the festival. Trade Day is a dedicated day of presentations and interviews with leading international and national industry figures, exploring key issues relevant to the publishing industry.

Irish Book Trade Conference
This annual event for Irish publishers and booksellers, organised jointly by Booksellers Ireland and Publishing Ireland, presents a packed programme of business and social events for booksellers and publishers.

Book marketing for members: ‘Read Books from Ireland’
‘Read Books from Ireland’ is an initiative led by Books Ireland magazine in partnership with Publishing Ireland to showcase and promote Irish-published books and authors abroad.

This collaborative project seeks to reach new audiences and readers with an interest in Irish books and writing across the UK, USA and the wider international market. The focus is on highlighting the high quality and breadth of publications being produced in Ireland and by local, indigenous publishers.

The ‘Read Books from Ireland’ initiative seeks to support smaller, independent publishers by working together to share resources, time and energy in order to bring the best of Irish books (fiction and non-fiction) to a global audience.

International Book Fairs

Bologna Book Fair
The Bologna Book Fair is the world leader and forum for children’s book publishers, editors, illustrators and writers in all forms.

Publishing Ireland attends the Bologna Book Fair each year.

Frankfurt Book Fair
The Frankfurt Book Fair is the world’s largest event in the publishing industry, bringing together thousands of book professionals from all over the world. Information about the book fair can be found on the FBF website:

Publishing Ireland attends the Frankfurt Book Fair each year.

London Book Fair
The London Book Fair is a global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. For more information about the book fair, visit

Publishing Ireland attends the London Book Fair each year.

Collaborations and liaison with trade and literary organisations and agencies
Publishing Ireland is a member of Words Ireland—Children’s Books Ireland, Irish Writers Centre, Literature Ireland, Munster Literature Centre, Poetry Ireland, Publishing Ireland and The Stinging Fly—and collaborates on a range of activities and events.

Professional representation in Europe
Publishing Ireland represents Ireland at the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) and the International Publishers Association (IPA).

Networking and social events
Publishing Ireland hosts a number of events throughout the year, including the annual Trade Day as part of the Dublin Book Festival.

Publishing Ireland also runs various social evenings for publishers and authors.

To keep up to date on upcoming events, subscribe to our mailing list. If you would like to advertise an event that you are hosting, just send us an email.


Joanna Smyth


Hachette Books Ireland

Ruth Hallinan
Vice President
The Lilliput Press

Becky McIndoe

Chartered Accountants Ireland

Publishing Ireland Board Members 20/21

Michael Diviney, Chartered Accountants Ireland
Nicki Howard, Gill Books
Cliona Lewis, Penguin Random House Ireland
Patrick O'Donoghue, Irish Academic Press
Cecilia West, Messenger Publications
Caoimhe Fox, Wordwell
Mariel Deegan, New Island