Transworld Ireland publisher McHugh to step down

Transworld Ireland publisher McHugh to step down

Eoin McHugh, who has been publisher of Transworld Ireland since the imprint’s creation 10 years ago, is leaving the company.

McHugh said it was "time for a change", according to Transworld. His last day will be 9th June.

He joined Transworld in 2007 from his position of head of book buying at Eason, tasked with setting up a new publishing imprint in Ireland. He is credited for having made Transworld Ireland "a powerhouse in the Irish market", releasing a broad range of titles. In sport, he published the autobiographies of Ronan O’Gara, Donncha O’Callaghan, Paul Galvin and Anthony Daly; in politics, he published memoirs by Albert Reynolds and David Norris and Anne Chambers’ biography of TK Whitaker; as well as fiction from Marita Conlon-McKenna and humour from Colm O’Regan.  

In 2012 McHugh helped to found Doubleday Ireland to publish literary titles. It went on to release Donal Ryan’s debut novel, The Spinning Heart, which won the Guardian First Novel Award and the Irish Book of the Year, while other titles brought to market include Gene Kerrigan’s The Scrap, Patrick Deeley’s The Hurley Maker’s Son and Conor O’Callaghan’s Nothing on Earth.  

Transworld publisher Bill Scott-Kerr paid tribute to McHugh for his "publishing flair" and as a colleague. "We will miss Eoin for his publishing flair, his incredible market knowledge and for being a wonderful generous colleague. To have created a publishing entity which has flourished in the face of a hitherto unprecedented recession and to be so well positioned for the future is testament to Eoin’s skill, resilience and judgement," he said.

McHugh said: "Working for Transworld has been a fantastic experience and it’s difficult to believe it’s been almost 10 years since we launched Transworld Ireland. Having published many wonderful books while working with great colleagues, I feel it’s time for a fresh challenge. Transworld Ireland is in great shape and in good hands."

Transworld said the matter of who will replace McHugh in the role of publisher was currently "unresolved".