Inside Shanway Press

Historical Publications

Drawn from works by literature authors and also through parish histories we are interested in promoting Ireland’s rich history. We have published many heavily researched historical projects and we look forward to unearthing the next gem. If you are writing it – or interested in writing it – let us help you publish it.

Parish Publications

We have been publishing on behalf of parishes throughout urban and rural Ireland for many years and our experience and expertise in this field is unsurpassed. We will help you to showcase all the good work and events in your parish and its associated clubs and groups.

Write your Memoirs

What could be better than giving someone the chance to publish their life story; to go on the journey to becoming an author and share it all with family, friends and further afield. What a lovely distraction for the writer; a chance to escape into happier times of life.

Featured Books

Belfast, With Dinosaurs, 1979: A Prehysteric Farce

BOOK LAUNCH: Tuesday, August 9 at the Black Box, Belfast, 7pm. Martin Connolly will be in town to talk about and answer questions on this seriously funny book.

Book Launch for ‘Belfast, with Dinosaurs, 1979’

This is a novelistic love-letter to Belfast City & environs, and a rather comedic one at that. It follows the trials & tribulations of a newbie journalist (and dino-enthusiast!), his drinking pal, a pompous middle-aged archaeologist at Queen’s, a legendary German palaeontologist, a mischievous young couple under their tutelage, and a 16-year-old schoolboy who dreams of other worlds… They gradually become connected, and all because of dinosaurs. The story unfolds amidst the strife & chaos of the Troubles -and a bit of how it was 66 million years ago, too.

The book celebrates and re-imagines 1979 Belfast in meticulous detail. It also, rather mischievously, celebrates the recently confirmed discovery of Ireland’s first dinosaur fossils. This somewhat Swiftian story pokes fun at just about everything living, half-living or just plain extinct. It will appeal to lovers of Belfast and to those fascinated by the ancient beasts who used to roam its streets… before they were streets… Might dinosaurs, wondering whether to engage in fisticuffs or not, have first quizzed each other on their religious affiliations? Find out in the pages of this wild, and thought-provoking, romp. 

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