The O’Brien Press was established in 1974, evolving out of a family-run printing and type house, and over the past 44 years has established a reputation for quality and excellence in publishing for adults and children.
The O’Brien Press launched its first publication in November 1974. Me Jewel and Darlin’ Dublin written by Eamonn Mac Thomais, was published while the author was still in jail and was an immediate success. It has been reprinted many times, and has become a minor classic. Since then, The O’Brien Press has published over 1000 books.
From the very beginning, The O’Brien Press has been committed to quality in writing, editing, design and illustration. This commitment has been recognised by numerous awards throughout the years including the Children’s Books Ireland Bisto Book of the Year Award, Irish Children’s Book of the Year (both Senior and Junior Categories), awards from the Reading Association of Ireland and many others. This has also extended to awards from abroad — The O’Brien Press is the only Irish publisher to have received the prestigious International Reading Association Award.
Today, The O’Brien Press is Ireland’s leading independent publisher, with a diverse publishing programme covering many different areas including fiction, architecture, travel, humour, environmental issues, history, biography, classic literature, autobiography, business, folklore, travel & tourism, art, photography, poetry, sport, music, politics, true crime, reference books and much more.
Children’s books, covering the complete age range from toddlers to teens, form a major part of the publication list at O’Brien. O’Brien children’s books have garnered many awards, and continue to head the Irish Children’s Bestseller List.
The O’Brien Press has a policy of commissioning work from established authors as well as encouraging talented new writers, and boasts an author list that includes William Trevor, Brendan Behan, President Mary Robinson, Paddy Crosbie, Feargal Quinn, Bob Quinn, Brendan O’Carroll, Michael Scott, Daniel O’Donnell, Morgan Llywelyn, George Otto Simms, Marita Conlon-McKenna, Eilis Dillon, Siobhán Parkinson, Martin Waddell, Dr. Pat Donlon, Liam Cahill, Brendan O’Brien, Brendan O hEithir, Judi Curtin, Enda Wyley, Conor Kostick, Marilyn Taylor, John Quinn, Oisín McGann and many others.
Foreign rights sales are regarded as an important aspect of the O’Brien publishing programme, with translation rights for O’Brien books selling to many countries around the world including France, Spain (Spanish and Catalan), Germany, Denmark, Finland, Poland, Latvia, Turkey, Portugal, Holland, Italy, Sweden, Japan and Thailand, as well as English language rights to the American, Canadian, Australian and British markets.
The O’Brien Press aims to continue to pursue a policy of excellence and diversity in both adult and children’s publishing in the years to come.