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The O’Brien Press Ltd

The O’Brien Press has been publishing great books for more than forty-five years. We believe in our authors, and take a long-term view of their writing careers: nearly half the books we have published are still in print – that’s more than 800 titles, with over 380 also available as eBooks. We are renowned for giving our authors insightful editing, beautiful design and energetic marketing and sales, and the many awards our books have won over the years are testament to this. We strive for the widest possible market for our authors and have an extensive network of international rights agents representing our books for all major languages and territories. We regularly attend the key book fairs in Frankfurt, London and (for children’s books) Bologna, and we have had more than seven hundred (and counting!) foreign editions of O’Brien Press books published in forty languages.

Always innovative, we have regularly broken new ground in publishing. The first in Ireland to take publishing for children seriously, we are the country’s leading publisher of books for young people. The first to publish true crime, the first to create quality graphic novels, the first to explore many other genres – we are always up for a challenge! The O’Brien Press is truly independent and committed to putting great books into the hands of readers of all ages.

The Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers of Ireland (AFEPI Ireland) is a professional organisation for publishing and editorial freelancers in Ireland. It fosters high standards in editing, proofreading and indexing, promotes the interests of its members and helps to match publishers, authors, indie authors, businesses and public bodies with suitable editorial freelancers.

Our members are all professionally trained, experienced proofreaders, editors and indexers and they can be contacted via the Members’ Directory on the AFEPI Ireland website. Membership is curated and all members of AFEPI Ireland must adhere to the association’s Code of Practice

The Royal Irish Academy champions research. We identify and recognise Ireland’s world class researchers. We believe that good research needs to be promoted, sustained and communicated. The Academy was founded in 1785 and it began publishing scholarly articles in 1787. Now six journals are published by the RIA. The Academy also publishes books aimed at communicating scholarly material to a wider public, landmark series and scholarly books. Our books and journals are academically double-blind peer-reviewed and are produced to a high standard of editing and design. Awards include several Irish Book Awards, Best Irish Printed book, Institute of Designers in Ireland awards and Business 2 Arts awards. The Academy is a member of Publishing Ireland.

Cork University Press aims to stimulate Irish learning by reflecting distinctive and distinguished scholarship in its lists. The Press began publishing in 1925 and is the oldest university press in Ireland. Its philosophy has been to encourage a broad spectrum of debate in the field of Irish Studies by publishing research which engages with contemporary cultural debate. Owing to the spread of Irish Studies in third level (university) institutions during recent decades, throughout North America, Europe and Australia, research in the field has increased in depth and range. Our list reflects this growth in its engagement with a variety of discourses.

While the Press specializes in the broad field of Irish Cultural Studies, its subject range extends across the fields of music, art history, literary criticism and poetry. The focus of our list is however in the areas of Irish cultural history, archaeology and landscape studies. A number of our titles are viewed by critics as ground-breaking in their contribution to the field, namely the Atlas of the Irish Revolution, Atlas of the Great Irish Famine, Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape, The Companion to Irish Traditional Music, the Critical Conditions series, and most notably Volumes IV and V of the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing: Irish Women’s Writing and Traditions. The Press publishes approximately 15 books a year.  All our titles are rigorously peer-reviewed and edited. (The peer-review process is described in more detail on the Information for Authors page of this site.)