Sáirséal agus Dill 1947-1981 – Scéal Foilsitheora
The history of one of Ireland’s foremost publishing houses in the Irish language as told by the family of the founders.
When Seán and Bríghid Ó hÉigeartaigh founded their publishing house their goal was to publish the best of Irish writing, to achieve excellence in layout, design and print quality, to distribute and sell the books effectively and to allow freedom of expression by not practising censorship. No small task.
Within a few short years they were working with the best and most well-known of Ireland’s writers in the Irish language of the 20th century: Máirtín Ó Cadhain, Seán Ó Ríordáin, Máirtín Ó Direáin, Máire Mhac an tSaoi, Liam Ó Flaithearta and many more.
It may seem like an overnight success but it didn’t come easy. It wasn’t long before the company’s founding capital was gone and the publishing house was often on the verge of closure. No more so than when the co-founder Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh died suddenly at the age of fifty years old while proofing manuscripts into the small hours of the morning.
This book gives a fascinating look into the lives of the writers who worked with Sáirséal agus Dill and their work. It is more than that, it also takes the reader on a journey into the history of publishing, commerce, industry and the political life of Ireland.