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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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Congratulations Maire Liberace

Posted by Sean O'Halloran on February 1, 2021 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (91)

Maire Liberace, who has published two books of poems through Clachan Publishing, has recently received an abundance of awards.

These include:

Marquis Who’s Who, Distinguished Humanitarian award; National Publications, lifetime Achievement Award;

Profile Plus, Professional of the Year, and

Marquis, the Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Congratulations to Maire Liberace.

Posted by Sean O'Halloran on April 18, 2019 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (225)


 Her second book of poems, "Lament in a Minor Key" has been awarded book of the year award, 2019, by LARC (Library Association of Rockland County). It is also available at DJ McLister's, Ballycastle.

Five Famous Dogs of Ireland -Great grandmother pens new children's novel

Posted by Sean O'Halloran on January 27, 2019 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (101)

The Down Recorder - 5 December 2018

A CLOUGH woman has just published her third children’s book in a series cleverly written to capture the imagination of young readers.

Eighty six year-old Maureen Donnelly’a book, Five Famous Dogs of Ireland, which is illustrated by Ulster artist Susan Hughes, looks at the wealth of legends and rich folklore which has almost been forgotten today.

Mrs Donnelly, whose late husband, the Rev James...

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Maureen Donnelly - Famous Dogs of Ireland

Posted by Sean O'Halloran on January 27, 2019 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (1)

Maureen Donnelly has made a name for herself as a fine writer of local histories and childrens stories. Over a period of 21 years she was a regular writer for B.B.C. Schools, providing scripts for subjects that included history and nature.

Her sensitivity to historic context is evident in her latest book for children,

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SCHOOL BOOK - Randal Holm

Posted by Sean O'Halloran on January 27, 2019 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)


On the day after Hitler’s annexation of Austria and little more than a year before the start of World War 2, Richard Preston interviews for a post as head of a famous but crumbling British public school and gets the job despite never being allowed to answer a question. But his problems are just beginning when he struggles with his own war memories, an abusive or apathetic staff, a crooked bursar, a coup by fascist prefects, harassed juniors, offended roya...

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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...

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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 Galler...

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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.

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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 ar...

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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://

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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