Previous Publications

The books listed here are no longer available from Umiskin Press.

Left Lives in Twentieth Century Ireland vol.1, edited by Francis Devine and Jack McGinley, was published in October 2017 in an edition of 85 hardback and 150 paperback copies.

ISBN 978-0-9928439-7-7 (hardback)
978-0-9928439-8-4 (paperback)
234 pages

What turned out to be the first in a series was a collection of 12 essays on leading people on the Left in Ireland in the 20th century.


Left Lives in 20th Century Ireland Vol.2, a second collection of 12 essays on leading people on the Left in Ireland in the 20th century, edited by Francis Devine and Jack McGinley, was published April 2019 in an edition of 80 hardback and 160 paperback copies.

ISBN 978-1-9164489-4-0 (hardback)
978-1-9164489-3-3 (paperback)


Left Lives in 20th Century Ireland Vol.4, a collection, edited by Mags O’Brien, of ten essays on leading women in Ireland in the 20th and early 21st centuries, was September 2021 in an edition of 65 hardback and 165 paperback copies.

ISBN 978-1-8381112-4-3 (hardback)
978-1-8381112-3-6 (paperback)


How Railwaymen and Dockers defied an Empire by Peter Rigney, sponsored by, and published in association with, Iarnród Éireann, was released in April 2021.

ISBN 978-1-8381112-2-9

This 57-page pamphlet tells the story of how ordinary Irish railwaymen brought British forces in Ireland to a standstill during the Munitions Strike, more correctly known as the Arms Embargo, of 1920.


Outside Left: Poems, 2007-2016 was Francis Devine’s third collection of poetry.

ISBN 978-0-9928439-6-0
88 pages

It was published in January 2017 in a limited edition.


Irish-Soviet Diplomatic and Friendship Relations 1917-1991 by Dr Michael Quinn was published in December 2016 in an edition of 100 hardback and 100 paperback copies.

ISBN 978-0-9928439-4-6 (hardback)
978-0-9928439-5-3 (paperback)
333 pages plus 8 pages of pictures


Brendan Scott: The Struggle for a Socialist and Secular Ireland by John P. Swift was published in December 2020 in an edition of 80 hardback and 100 paperback copies.

ISBN 978-1-8381112-0-5 (hardback)
ISBN 978-1-8381112-1-2 (paperback)

Brendan Scott (1933-1973), a native of Easkey, Co Sligo, was a visionary socialist, secularist, human rights activist and internationalist who devoted his brief life to a wide range of progressive causes. He was a charismatic and inspirational figure with an engaging personality and keen sense of humour.


Dear Madam: The letters and mails of Dermot Sweeney edited by Dr Jack McGinley was published in April 2012 in an edition of 150 paperback copies.

ISBN 978-0-9555823-6-3
95 pages including 4 pages of pictures

Dermot Sweeney was a prolific writer of letters to The Irish Times – generally short, pithy and to the point. His sudden death at Easter 2011 shocked his family, colleagues and friends. This book collects his letters and a few emails in a tribute to a smart, funny, much-missed man.