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Book proposals are adjudicated by the Royal Irish Academy’s Publication Committee, which meets several times a year. In addition, proposals are subject to the academic peer-review process. We always feed back to authors on the committee’s decision and the outcome of the peer review. Should your book be approved for publication, you will begin working closely with the RIA’s editorial team, which includes editors, a graphic designer and a dedicated marketer.

The members of the Publication Committee are:

  • Pat Guiry, Mary Kelly, Daniel Carey, Siobhán O’Sullivan, Catriona Crowe, James Kelly

The Publications Office team consists of:

  • Ruth Hegarty, Managing Editor
  • Helena King, Senior Editor
  • Fidelma Slattery, Graphic Design Manager
  • Gillian Fitzgerald-Kelly, Commissioning Editor
  • Aifric Downey, Administration and Marketing Executive
  • Trevor Mullins, Senior Publications Assistant
  • Jonathan Dykes, Journals Manager
  • Katherine Martin, Project Manager

Submit a proposal

Our editorial team would like to hear from you about your book idea. If you would like to submit an idea or a completed proposal document, or simply want to get in touch, please email

Some of our best known titles include Diarmaid Ferriter’s Judging Dev, a genre-defining biography of Éamon de Valera, one of Ireland’s most fascinating and controversial statesmen of the last 100 years, A History of Ireland in 100 Words, an examination of 100 keywords from the Royal Irish Academy’s Dictionary of the Irish Language, the most comprehensive dictionary of Irish in existence and Fintan O’Toole’s  A History of Ireland in 100 Objects, a retelling of Irish history through 100 objects which significantly shaped the country.