The O'Brien Press is a publisher in Ireland of mainly children's fiction and adult non-fiction and the only Irish publishing house to have received the prestigious International Reading Association Award.
The O'Brien Press was founded in 1973, evolving out of a family-run printing and type-house. Its first publication came in November 1974 and numerous other titles soon followed. O'Brien published books are regularly shortlisted for the Bisto Book of the Year Awards. As of 2007, no less than 24 books published by the O'Brien Press have won a Bisto Award.
The O'Brien Press is notable for launching the career of international, bestselling author, Eoin Colfer, publishing the "Benny Books" and The Wish List, and have also published The General by Paul Williams, which was made into a major film by John Boorman in 1998.
Authors published by O'brien Press
- Marita Conlon-McKenna, (born 1956) - a children's novels author including Children of the Famine trilogy.
- Judi Curtin - author of Alice and Megan series including Alice Next Door .
- Paul Howard, (born 1971) - journalist and author of the Ross O'Carroll-Kelly series.
- Gerry Hunt, (born 1936) - an Irish comics writer and artist.
- Conor Kostick - an historian and writer including the Avatar Chronicles.
- Oisín McGann, (born 1973) - a children and young adult author and illustrator.
- Shay Healy, (born 1943) - a songwriter, broadcaster and journalist.
- Elizabeth Shaw (artist), (1920 – 1992) - an Irish artist, illustrator and children's book author.
- Gerard Whelan, (born 1957) - a children's author.