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Artisan House Connemara

Artisan House Editions is a specialist publishing company creating beautifully illustrated high-quality books and bespoke publications on a richly diverse range of subjects. Food and lifestyle, photography and the visual arts, music and poetry, and all things quirky appeal to us.

Our creative approach embraces the complete cycle from concept to final delivery including design, editing, translation, illustration, photography, and print management. This enables total oversight of the process to ensure publications of exceptional standard.

Publications to date include Celebrating Irish Salmon by Máirin Uí Chomáin; Joe Boske: The Works by Joe Boske and Connemara by Dorothy Cross (published in association with Royal Hibernian Academy). The Mountain Ash Broadside featuring a poem by Joan McBreen and original etching by Margaret Irwin and letterpress printed by The Belgrave Private Press was launched in September 2015. Sea Gastronomy: Fish and Seafood of the North Atlantic by Michael O’Meara launched in October 2015.

Artisan House was established in 2013, is a member of Publishing Ireland and based in Letterfrack, Connemara, Co Galway.


Creative Director: Vincent Murphy

Vincent Murphy has over 30 years’ experience in the design and publishing sectors. This gives him invaluable experience in the development, management and delivery of projects across all marketing channels including book packaging, advertising, promotions and digital. Over the course of his career, Vincent has provided marketing stewardship to a wide range of clients – from local SMEs to international brands – managing and delivering myriad creative led projects, from single-need design projects through to integrated marketing campaigns. As the joint creative director of Index Creative Communications, Dublin, his clients included the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Diageo, Flahavans, Avonmore, An Post, AIB Group and Smurfit Group. Vincent has created some of Ireland’s best-known food packaging and brand identities.

More recently, he was responsible for the production and design of high-quality custom-made books such as Wicklow – A Personal View by photographer Walter Pfeiffer, The Dictionary of Living Irish Artists by Robert O’Byrne, and the special edition books Montenotte and Fountainstown by conceptual artist Dorothy Cross for Occasional Press and Ballynahinch Castle. He is currently working with Sr Karol O’Connell OSB MA, music director at Kylemore Abbey, on a series of music book for children using the Kodály teaching method and with Patrick J. Murphy on an art guide to the French Riviera.

Vincent is a founding partner of Artisan House Ltd.


Our beautiful Cleopatra who keeps us grounded!


Editorial Director: Mary Ruddy

Mary Ruddy brings her extensive organizational and management experience to her role as editorial director and founding partner of Artisan House Ltd.

As founding member and first manager of Connemara Community Radio she has extensive experience in project management.

Her academic background is in rural development and in international human rights law. Mary is also active in community media, in international non-governmental organizations, as well as an independent radio producer and editor. She has also worked as a part-time law lecturer in NUIG, as senior education manager with the Irish Human Rights Commission and development worker with Pobal. Then Minister for Arts, Culture & the Gaeltacht, Michael D. Higgins appointed Mary to the Board of the IRTC (now Broadcasting Authority of Ireland) from 1994-1998. She was also an elected representative on the European Board of AMARC from 1990 – 1998.

Mary holds Masters Degrees in Rural Development (MRD) and in International Human Rights Law (LLM).



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