|Seán Feehan, founder|
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The company was founded in 1944 by Seán Feehan, and initially published religious books. In 1946 they published This Tremendous Lover by Dom Eugene Boylan which sold over a million copies. At the Frankfurt Book Fair Feehan secured the translation rights of German books on philosophy and religion that sold well. In the 1960s they launched a successful range of paperbacks on Irish literature, culture, religion and history.
Feehan remained chairman until his death in 1991, after which John Spillane took over until 2003, when Clodagh Feehan was appointed manager director.
In the 1960s and 1970s the Mercier paperback books had a distinctive cover style. This usually consisted of an illustration, in both pen & ink and brush & ink, and always in two colour. The format and back cover layout remained the same on each book. The artist John Skelton (1925-2009) was Mercier’s main cover designer – he worked as an art director and book illustrator before concentrating full-time on painting in 1975.
- "Mercier Press web-site". Mercier Press. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
- "Irish publisher whose printed pages keep turning in pace with history". Under the Radar (Dublin). The Irish Times. 26 February 2010.
- John M. Feehan. An Irish Publisher and His World. Mercier Press, Cork, 1969