Cló Iar-Chonnacht

Cló Iar-Chonnachta (CIC) was founded in 1985, and since then we have published over 300 books and 150 music albums. Among the most productive publishing houses in the country, CIC employs five people full-time in our offices in Inverin, Connemara. We are the largest private Irish language publishing company in Ireland.

CIC sees itself primarily as guardian and patron of Irish language and Gaeltacht culture. We understand the great value of this culture, and the importance of protecting and fostering it. Our aim is to encourage and support our musicians and writers, and to help to bring their arts to a national audience.

CIC publishes a wide range of literature; anthologies of poetry, short stories and songs, novels, teenage fiction, children’s books, theses and history books. We have published some books in English, mainly translations of important Irish language literature, and also some bilingual books. Many of these works are available in audio format, many as part of the series An Béal Beo.

In terms of our music catalogue, CIC’s original goal was to record the musicians of Connemara, and in particular its sean-nós singers, to ensure that their rich tradition would be available to future generations. This remains one of CIC’s priorities, however our brief has been expanded to include many different genres of music including traditional, sean-nós from all over Ireland, Cajun, country and Cape Breton.

CIC has published two CDs containing selections of their best music. Ceiliúradh, a selection of the best music from CIC 1985 – 1995, was published in 1995 as part of our ten year celebrations, and Caise Ceoil was published in 2000, featuring the best from 1995 – 2000. The book Sláinte was also published in 1995 as part of the celebrations, and contains a selection of the literature from the CIC catalogue 1985 – 1995.

Micheál Ó Conghaile, a well-known and respected writer, founded the company in 1985 when he was a university student. A prolific and talented writer, he has been awarded many prizes for his work. His novel Sna Fir was named on the shortlist for the Irish Times Literary Prize 2001, he received the Butler Literary Prize 1997, and in the same year he won the Hennessy Literary Award for his short story Athair.

Deirdre Ní Thuathail is General Manager of CIC, Lisa Mc Donagh is Sales Manager, Lochlainn Ó Tuairisg is the Literary Editor and Aodh Ó Gallchóir is the Assistant Editor.

Cló Iar-Chonnachta,
Co. Galway

phone + 353 91 593 307
fax + 353 91 593 362

Books published by Cló Iar-Chonnacht:
Dúnmharú ar an Dart
Ruaidhrí Ó Báille - Book of the Month, March 2010

When Niall Ó Briain, a teacher, boards the Dart on his way to school one day little does he realise that he has commenced a trip around Europe that will change his life.

Pádraig Standún - Book of the Month, January/February 2010

Mártan Mac Cormaic’s marriage is in ruins, his job security is precarious and his fathering skills leave a lot to be desired. His life is a soap opera...

Pádraic Ó Conaire – Rogha Scéalta
Pádraic Ó Conaire - Book of the Month, April 2010

Twenty-one stories by Sean-Phádraic, with an introduction by Diarmuid de Faoite.

Ó Chósta go Cósta
Frank Reidy - Book of the Month, November 2010

This is a travel book, a history book, a source of information and a book of politics – it is a book that anyone with an interest in Africa will appreciate.

Buille Marfach
Anna Heussaff - Book of the Month, March 2011

Bestselling author’s new crime novel in Irish

Aoife Nic Dhiarmada runs a holiday business on the enchanting Beara peninsula in the southwest. When Tessa, one of her guests, is found unconscious on a lonely road, Aoife’s life takes a frightening turn.

A murder investigation soon follows, a media frenzy descends and ambitious Garda Réamonn Seoighe risks everything in pursuit of the killer. A gripping story that will captivate the reader until the very last page.

I gCóngar i gCéin
Pádraig Standún

I gCóngar i gCéin

Beirt Bhan Mhisniúla
Pádraig Ó Siadhail

Beirt Bhan Mhisniúla

Ólann mo Mhiúil as an nGainséis
Gabriel Rosenstock

A collection of short stories based in Bahia state in Brazil where the author, Alex Hijmans, now lives.

Seán Ó Ríordáin: Na Dánta
Seán Ó Ríordáin

Seán Ó Ríordáin was one of the great Irish language poets of the twentieth century. This book gathers together all of his published poems under one cover for the first time: the three collections published during his lifetime, Eireaball Spideoige (1952), Brosna (1964) and Línte Liombó (1971), as well as his posthumous collection, Tar Éis mo Bháis (1978).