Inis Publications was founded and is run by director Trish Hegarty, an ex-BBC and Irish Times journalist who lives and works in Inishowen where she also owns and runs her own PR business, Inis Communications. She says the motivation behind Inis Publications was to fill what she perceived as a real gap in the market.
There are some beautiful collections of Irish legends out there but not enough which are suitable for the classroom. When my children were younger and taking books home from their Gaelscoil, I was a little shocked and disappointed that there was so little about the Irish legends, particularly in Irish. When I was at school, we had these stories right the way up through our class “readers”, and they inspired in me a real love of the Celtic myths and legends.
The Brown Bull of Cooley is beautifully illustrated by John Quigley a self taught Irish Artist and Illustrator living and working in the Inishowen Peninsula, County Donegal, Ireland. John draws his inspiration from Irish mythology, Irish Celtic manuscript decoration, stained glass, Landscape and wildlife which he fuses together to create his art.
His bold use of colour and line brought him to the attention of renowned Irish Celtic artist Jim Fitzpatrick with whom John collaborated for over a decade to produce a body of work that has adorned Greeting Cards, Calendars, Prints, Table Mats and Album Covers.
John’s portfolio includes commissioned artwork for clients such as Donegal Parian China, Riverdance, Paramount Studios Hollywood, Waltons Music and Guinness Ireland & the late Senator Edward Kennedy.
John’s own artwork features on many Greeting Cards, Prints, Book Covers, and Ceramics and his paintings hang in numerous private art collections around the world.Designer and layout artist Eileen McLaughlin owns and runs Emick Design. She lives and works in Inishowen, has done layout for a wide range of print and digital publications, and is a keen artist herself.
The Irish translation for Inis Publications is done by Daire Ní Laoi a fluent Irish speaker from Howth, Co. Dublin. She studied Irish in Trinity College, Dublin and completed a postgraduate diploma in Translation in N.U.I. Maynooth. She works in a Naíscoil in Dublin, and is particularly interested in the art of storytelling.