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Established in 1970, Publishing Ireland is a membership organisation representing book publishers from throughout Ireland.

Our members are at the heart of our mission and Publishing Ireland’s aim is to share expertise, resources and opportunities to foster excellence in Irish publishing. Publishing Ireland now has a membership of over 40 publishers and is governed by a board of representatives from the membership. You can read more about our members and benefits here.

We offer an extensive training schedule each year, including courses offering a combination of skills development and broader topics such as rights sales and contracts. These sessions are available to members and non-members and are currently being conducted online. Visit our Training & Events page for further information.

Publishing Ireland also represents the industry’s interests to the Government and other bodies as well as at the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) and the International Publishers Associations (IPA).

We are a member of Words Ireland, working collaboratively with other Irish literary organisations on a range of activities and events, and we established Dublin Book Festival in 2006, an annual event that supports and showcases the best of Irish publishing. Publishing Ireland is funded through membership fees and support and specific project funding from the Arts Council.

Publishing Ireland is funded through membership fees with support and specific project funding from the Arts Council

Board Members 22/23

Caoimhe Fox

Vice President

New Island Books

Ruth Hallinan


The Lilliput Press

Tony Moroney

Company Secretary



  • Ruth Hallinan, President (The Lilliput Press)
  • Caoimhe Fox, Vice President (New Island Books)
  • Siobhan Blackwell, Treasurer 
  • Tony Moroney*, Company Secretary (Veritas)
  • Joanna Smyth (Hachette Ireland)
  • Patrick O’Donoghue (Irish Academic Press)
  • Patricia McVeigh (HarperCollins)
  • Ruth McKee* (Books Ireland) 
  • Gemma Breathnach* (Futa Fata)
  • Louise Farrell* (Penguin Ireland)
  • Bridget Bhreathnach* (Cló Íar-Chonnacht)
  • *New board member

For more information on Publishing Ireland membership and activities see

Administration Team

Publishing Ireland is Managed by Orla McLoughlin, General Manager.

You can contact Orla via our Contact Us page.