Liberties Press and 2011 - Part II

In July we were delighted to launch the Liberties Press poetry imprint with the release of New and Selected Poems by Michael D. Higgins.
Newly-elected President Higgins with Sabina and family at the launch of New and Selected Poems in the National Library of Ireland, Dublin. New and Selected Poems was launched by Prof. Declan Kiberd.
Táiniste Eamon Gilmore joined the many guests at the launch.
New and Selected Poems was also launched as part of the Doneraile Literary and Arts Festival by fellow poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice.

 Absolute Zero Cool is the critically acclaimed novel by Declan Burke. Hailed as 'original...innovative...laugh-out-loud-funny...genre-busting...' and compared to works by Raymond Chandler and Flann O'Brien, it is not to be missed! If you haven't bought it already, you should!

Absolute Zero Cool was launched in The Gutter Bookshop, Dublin by crime writer John Connolly. Declan's numerous crime contemporaries and friends attended, including, John Banville, Arlene Hunt, Declan Hughes and Alan Glynn.

August also saw the release of the second edition of the bestselling Dublin Nazi No. 1: The Life of Adolf Mahr by Gerry Mullins.

September started with the publication of a collection of short stories by Benedict Kiely. Selected Stories brings together the best of Ben Kiely's much-loved writing.

Selected Stories was launched in The Gutter Bookshop, Dublin by Gerald Dawe. Gerald said that Selected Stories is a collection for this generation because Ben was a writer ahead of his time, confirming Colum McCann's statement that 'Ben Kiely was - and therefore is - one of the great voices of 20th century literature'. 


Maurice Craig is best known as an architectural historian however he was, among many other things, a celebrated and gifted poet. Poems, selected and edited by Andrew Carpenter is a wonderful testimony to that.

Poems was launched at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin with Maurice's family and friends, including his son Michael and daughter Catherine. The 'Museum of Maurice' was a wonderful addition, with guests perusing the ecletic items on display, such as old suitcases, model boats, an abundance of books and a jumper made out of dog hair!


Just in time for back-to-school September! Childhood Asthma: Your Questions Answered - an ideal guide for sufferers of asthma and their family and friends!
September also saw the release of the new edition of Con Houlihan's More Than A Game: Selected Sporting Essays! A timeless sporting classic.
On 29th October Michael D. Higgins was elected the 9th President of Ireland. An exciting day for Michael D. and his family, we released Renewing The Republic, a collection of academic and political essays and speeches, to mark the occassion!


November was definitely one of the busiest months of 2011! We released five new titles and had six events in four weeks! 

Our most recent titles include:

The Official Book of the FAI Cup by Seán Ryan

Launched on Tuesday 1st November in The Aviva Stadium!


Just Garret by Garret FitzGerald

This new and updated paperback edition of Dr FitzGerald's bestselling autobiography contains previously unpublished family photographs, Father Enda McDonagh's eulogy from Dr FitzGerald's funeral, an essay by his daughter Mary and an essay he wrote about his beloved wife Joan.

Launched on Wednesday 9th November in the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Olivia O'Leary.


1798: Tomorrow The Barrow We'll Cross by Joe Murphy

Launched twice! On Thursday 10th November in The Bookcentre, Wexford with Nicholas Furlong and on Wednesday 16th November in Millmount Museum, Drogheda with local Irish folk singers!


Painted With Words by Lara Marlowe

Launched on Tuesday 22nd November in the French Ambassador's Residence.


101 Irish Records (You Must Hear Before You Die) by Tony Clayton-Lea

Launched on Tuesday 29th November in The Workman's Club, Dublin by Tom Dunne and with a special guest performance by Ham Sandwich!