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News and Views - In the Latest News category we announce our latest publications, launches, reviews  and  what we plan to do next.

We also post interesting snippets from our publications, just to get a feel for what they are about.

Periodically, we will also add themes of interest which emerge from some of our books, such as the question of Irish slavery which is a topic in Prendergast’s ‘Cromwellian Settlement of Ireland” and others.

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Dan Masterson writes of Maire Liberace's 'Lament in a Minor Key' '''

Posted by Sean O'Halloran on October 16, 2018 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Dan Masterson (the first Poet Laureate of NY State's Rockland County, and Poet Emeritus at SUNY Rockland CC) writes: 'What a solid, embracing collection. "Valley Forge" & "Veterans Cemetery" are fine additions,.. They remind us of Maire's strict choices of verbs: the thrust they inflict and the immediate and lasting images they carry. We are also reminded of her strict/ and demanding use of adjectives: never cosmetic - always expansive. Among the array of gifts she gives her readers is interesting use of punctuation, -and the smooth or startling line-breaks that have us assume a change or resume the storyline.'

Maire Liberace reads from her latest book of poems

Posted by Sean O'Halloran on August 9, 2018 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Maire Liberace reading a selection of poems from her second book of poems, 'Lament In A Minor Key'. Her earlier work 'Walking on Water' was a celebration of Ireland. Her new work is broader in tone and topic - dark moments laced with bright threads of hope.

Clachan Celebrates its Fiftieth Publication

Posted by Sean O'Halloran on August 9, 2018 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Mike Turner introducing his debut children’s novel, 'Zarafina, Princess of Kendoria'. In the story Mike's granddaughter discovers she has another life as Princess Zarafina in the Kingdom of Kendoria were she is needed to destroy a loomong evil.

The real Molly was at hand to read passages from the book, along with Mike and the support of her mother.

The successful event was part of Clachan Publications celebration of its 50th publication, and took place in the Harbour Gallery, Ballycastle. This proved to be a most welcoming and supportive venue.

Thanks Katie!!

Map of the Territories of the Lords and Septs of Ireland

Posted by Sean O'Halloran on June 11, 2018 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Clachan Publishing is delighted with our latest publication -


This A1 sized map identifies the territories of the Irish clans and its lords and septs in the period 1540. The territories are colour-coded to identify the origin of each clan, whether Gaelic, Norman, Scottish, Gallowglass or Viking.


It is an A1 sized poster, measuring 23.4 x 33.10 inches.


It is beautifully presented in full colour with a gloss finish. It is a source of interesting historic information and a very pleasing addition to any home or classroom.

Sarah Fox has her poetry published in new poetry magazine 'From Whispers to Roars.'

Posted by Sean O'Halloran on June 6, 2018 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)


Congratulations to has just published some of her recent poetry.

Michael Turner's first children's book -"Zarafina, Princess of Kendoria".

Posted by Sean O'Halloran on April 3, 2018 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

❤️ #lifesdream #publishedauthor #childrensbooks #zarafina #family #lovewriting #accomplishments

Sarah Fox's poems published in 'One Man's Poison'

Posted by Sean O'Halloran on January 13, 2018 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

A voice for the future

Delighted to see four of Sarah Fox's poems published in 'One Man's Poison', Clachan Publishing, feature in the February issue of 'A New Ulster'.

Announcing'One Man's Poison' by Sarah Fox

Posted by Sean O'Halloran on January 10, 2018 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

is a remarkable collection of poems by a young woman who has experienced considerable suffering and pain for most of her life through ill health. Yet she retains a great capacity for joy, love and hope.

Hers is a truly inspiring and individual voice. She not only shows considerable promise but many of her poems already demonstrate an uncanny maturity and artistry.

We at Clachan Publishing are proud to have published her first book of poems.

Sarah Fox launches "one Man's Poison".

Posted by Sean O'Halloran on January 10, 2018 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Paul Clements' local history review in the Irish Times

Posted by Sean O'Halloran on January 3, 2018 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Great to see Paul Clements' local history review of Clachan's recent publications 'The Genealogy of the House of O'Reilly', in the Irish Times." target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://

Clachan is proud to publish a recently discovered C18 manuscript on the House of O'Reilly

Posted by Sean O'Halloran on August 12, 2017 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

This is the newly formatted B&W hardback edition, with coloured plates

Clachan is proud to publish a recently discovered C18 manuscript on the House of O'Reilly

Posted by Sean O'Halloran on August 12, 2017 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

This is the full colour facsimile of the hardback presentation copy.

Now generally accessible for the first time, this is a reproduction of the recently discovered Genealogy of the House of O'Reillys of Brefne. It was commissioned in the 1890 by Count Alexander O'Reilly and written by the renowned genealogist, Chevalier Thomas O'Gorman. Using all well known sources and annals of the time, it outlines the history of the O'Reillys for 1000 years, concluding with the illustrious career of Count Alexander O'Reilly who, as an exiled Irish nobleman, served King Carlos of Spain in Havana and Louisiana, earning himself the title of Condé de O’Reilly, the Governorship of Madrid and Cadiz and Captain-General of Andalusia. The manuscript is more than a table of generations and events and should prove of considerable interest to Irish genealogists and historians alike. It gives valuable insights into the the political expectations and attitudes of the exiled Irish nobility whose experience and loyalties are evidenced in comments on military and political leadership, particularly as it applied to Ireland and its fraught relationship with is colonising neighbour.

Nikolaus Grüger the discoverer of the manuscript

Posted by Sean O'Halloran on May 15, 2017 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In 2008, an 18th century Irish manuscript was discovered at a rare books auction in Munich by Professor Nikolaus Grüger, The item was a genealogy of the Irish O’Reilly clan from the Kingdom of Breifne – modern County Cavan today.’

His first contact with Ireland was after the Second World War in 1946. His two older sisters received an invitation to stay with an Irish family in Dublin. He received letters from them in which they described the countryside, culture and music of this far distant land. But his love-affair with Ireland began with reading peregrinatio of the German author and later Nobel Prize winner Heinrich Boll, Irisches Tagebuch. It inspired him with the idea of getting to know the country, rich in cultural history. As a musician and performer of the French horn and Cello, inter alia, who was born and living in Berlin, with five musical brothers and sisters, they formed their own family string quartet. In the nineteen sixties, he founded the Rheinisches Blaser-Sextet (Rhenish Wind-Sextet) and organised a concert tour in 1969 throughout Ireland. Further concerts followed in Ireland under the new name Consortium Classicum, recording a total of thirty albums over a twenty-five year period. In that time they undertook three world concert tours. Nikolaus was teaching as a visiting music Professor in the State University of Manila in the Philippines in the nineteen seventies and later was appointed as Head of three Departments: Woodwind, Brass and Percussion in the Academy of Music in Munich. His love affair with Ireland continued with his marriage to Belfast Soprano, Angela Feeney - the renowned International Opera Singer. He was always on the lookout for Irish literature and is a lifelong member of the Linen Hall Library in Belfast. He discovered and purchased this Lost Manuscript in 2008 at a Munich book auction, without knowing its provenance.

The Light of Other Days by Denis Rogers

Posted by Sean O'Halloran on April 10, 2017 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)


In this story we hear again echoing voices from a forgotten past. In the late 1600s in the dying light of Gaelic Ireland, Hugh O’Neill, Earl of Tyrone, led the northern chieftains in a last brave struggle for faith and fatherland; to rid Ireland of an encroaching English influence, and to retain her ancient Celtic way of life. At the time of the Tyrone Rebellion the northern part of Ireland, together with the Western Isles and Highlands of Scotland were the last remnants of a 1500 year old Celtic culture. The western isles furnished a cadre of elite mercenary warriors who fought for these northern chieftains.

The author was born in the north west of Ireland, in the area central to his story, and in his early years walked among relics of that forgotten past. As a child he stood with his parents on the old bridge at Ballyhannon to gaze at the falls of Assaroe and the site of the nearby fifteenth century O’Donnell castle. The Falls no longer exist, replaced in the 1950’s by a hydro electric dam. A market yard now stands on the site of the castle.

As a schoolboy he rambled through the old Maguire castle in Enniskillen, once the stronghold of Maguire chieftains, later the home of two of the oldest regiments in the British Army, and now a museum.

/With his parents he made an annual pilgrimage to the Holy Well close by Abbey Assaroe, a twelfth century Cistercian Abbey, -- and left votive offerings by the well, as had their pagan ancestors.

This book is a ramble through Irish history. It is interspersed with chapters relating to modern day events that serve to link Ireland’s past to Ireland’s present, and that will acquaint the reader with how those events of the 1600’s have had such an impact on modern day Northern Ireland.


Highways and Byways in Donegal and Antrim by Stephen Gwynn

Posted by Sean O'Halloran on September 23, 2016 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Donegal and Antrim as experienced by a cyclist in the last days of the 19C

Walking on Water - The poems of Maire Liberace

Posted by Sean O'Halloran on July 23, 2016 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Delighted to announce the launch of

Maire Liberace's first full book of poems.


SATURDAY, 6 AUGUST, FROM 6.00 T0 8.00 P.M.

Maire has previously published poetry in 'A New Ulster', Northern Ireland's newest literary and arts ezine, magazine.

The poems are a celebration of Ireland. Maire has grown up with a love and regard for its history, its legends, literature and poetry. All have been embedded in the marrow of her bones and this is reflected in a deep love for the country she grew up in.

Now resident in the United States, and with a grown up family, she is still immersed in the stories, people and experiences that shaped her early years and which have given her sustenance, succour and structure throughout her life.

She remains a frequent visitor to Ireland, returning to the North Antrim coast every year, keeping in close contact with the extended family in Ballycastle and Carey.

And it is of these places and people that she mainly writes; especially Ballycastle and its environs. These are the places that have brought everything together for Maire. The people, the landscapes and, in particular the sea, have always been and still are the sources of her inspiration. Among these, Murlough Bay remains the place of her dreams and fondest memories.

Many of her poems are imbued with a deep and original reflectiveness that seems to emerge from the landscape that inspired them. She writes of herself as:


Alone yet not lonely

I am rooted in time past,

Mist settles on my face

crystal beading on my hair and jacket.


The poems you will find here are strong, yet quiet, thoughtful yet accessible, thought-provoking yet without straining to be clever. They deserve to be read and reread by all who feel the pulse of the past beat from this lovely landscape and who see the glimmer of ancient ghosts cross the features of folk and events still with us.

Just as her mother imbued Maire with the love of her childhood landscape, so Robert, her son and renowned artist and living Master, has celebrated the same setting through his art and sculpture, and some of Robert’s work graces the pages of this publication.