Some of the most popular authors who have written for Columba Press are set to return to its publishing output.
This follows the
purchase of the independent religious publisher and its imprint, Currach
Press, by Irish company, Grace Communications.
Since its foundation in 1985, the Columba Book Service Ltd (Columba
Press and Currach Press) has published books by people such as Sr
Stanislaus Kennedy, Bishop Willie Walsh, Daniel O’Leary, and Benedictine
Mark Patrick Hederman.
The two biggest publishing successes for Columba Press were the Glenstal Book of Prayer and the Book of Common Prayer for the Church of Ireland.
A spokesperson for Columba Press told Catholicireland.net that
alongside some of the well-known names associated with the company, some
new authors will be showcased in the months ahead.
“Coming soon will be a book of poetry from Munster illustrated with
beautiful photography, and titles from well-known authors north and
south with mindfulness featuring strongly amid titles that aim to lift
people’s minds and hearts,” a statement from Columba said.
Following a difficult period for the independent religious publisher,
which saw it go through a liquidation process, it is now under new
ownership and management with Grace Communications, which owns the Irish
In a statement on Tuesday, a Columba spokesperson said, “At a time
when many of our fellow independent publishers are facing similar
turbulence, we understand how fortunate we are to be able to start over
with a new publishing company and continue in our quest to produce
high-quality publications for a thinking public.”
Ellen Monnelly said Grace Communications had rehired five of the
company’s original staff and she saw that as “a mark of their belief in
the importance of the books that we publish.”
“We are lucky to have incredible authors that have stuck by us
through the difficult patch, and our Christmas list is looking very
lively,” she added.
In an interview with the Irish Catholic newspaper, managing director
of Grace Communications, Garry O’Sullivan, said the company was
delighted “to be able to ensure that religious publishing continues to
have a vibrant future in Ireland.”
Columba went into examinership in May in a bid to seek new
However, none was forthcoming and the directors announced
that they had been “unable to secure the new investment that would be
needed to return the company to profitability and place us on a sound
financial footing for the future.”
Grace Communications was successful in purchasing the assets and good
will of the company, which was founded in 1984 by Sean O’Boyle.
In a statement, Garry O’Sullivan said that Grace Communications
placed “huge value” on the independence of Columba and said that the
publisher “will continue to publish books that will inform, challenge
and entertain readers.”
“Irish society needs a solid publisher that will bring forward books
that will continue to ask difficult questions of both the wider culture,
the churches and questions that arise about the place of faith in a
diverse society,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
He added that “the world of publishing is a challenging arena at the
moment, but there is a real opportunity for books of depth that go
beyond the often superficial conversation about faith in modern