HarperCollins steps up investment in Ireland
HarperCollins UK has today announced plans to double the size of its team in Ireland.
Eoin McHugh has been appointed to the newly created role of Publishing Director. McHugh will lead a new publishing operation acquiring Irish authors for the Irish and UK markets across literary and commercial fiction, as well as non-fiction and narrative non-fiction.
McHugh will work alongside Sales Director, Tony Purdue and Publicity Director, Mary Byrne in the HarperCollins office in Dublin. Further bolstering the team in Ireland are Ciara Swift, who recently joined in the existing role of Sales and Marketing executive, and two new assistant roles, one in editorial and one in PR, still to be appointed.
McHugh has had a long and distinguished career in the book industry, starting at the legendary Fred Hanna’s bookshop, before becoming Head of Book Purchasing at Eason. More recently, as Publisher at Transworld Ireland, McHugh was responsible for many bestsellers from sport to humour, politics and current affairs to memoir, and literary fiction, including bringing to the list The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan which went on to win the Guardian First Novel Award and the Irish Book Awards Book of the Year. He joins HarperCollins on 4th December.
HarperCollins UK CEO, Charlie Redmayne said: “Bringing in Eoin to lead and extend our publishing in Ireland is a real step change for HarperCollins. This together with the expansion of our PR, sales and marketing representation underlines our commitment to the thriving Irish book market, and is consistent with our strategy to build local publishing in territories around the world. Ireland is a hugely important book market for HarperCollins and this move
will build on the great work done by our existing team over many years.”
Eoin McHugh said: “HarperCollins has long been a major publishing force in Ireland and I am thrilled at the opportunity to join such a great team with the ambition to further develop and expand their Irish publishing programme.”