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ABOUT Murray & McCarthy

MURRAY & McCARTHY Publishing and Design

My name is Ronan Murray and I would like to introduce you to the Services of Murray & McCarthy Publishing and Design. I would also like to share with you a few details about my Publishing and Graphic Design skills so you can feel confident that your designs are in good professional hands and receiving the best of creative care.

Murray & McCarthy is a Graphic Design Service for both print and the web and specialises in the design and printing of Books & Booklets and the online publishing of Websites and E-Publications. Independent Book Publishing is a part of the business that serves to help Poets & Writers find the resources they need to self-publish their work.

The business name of Murray & McCarthy is derived from my family names. My father Robert E. Murray (may he rest in peace) was a very driven and determined individual in Marketing and Sales; and my mother Jacqueline McCarthy is a very creative person in oil painting and crafts. It is my goal to deliver to you the best aspects of these two families. The single-minded determination toward finding solutions found in the Murray name, and the intuitive insight and imaginative curiosity to explore design found in the McCarthy name.

As the poet Robinson Jeffers once said:

What I see is the enormous beauty of things,
but what I attempt is nothing to that.
I am helpless towards that.

It is only to form in stone the mould of some ideal humanity
that might be worthy to be under that lightning...

I have lived a little and I think peace marrying pain
alone can breed that excellence in the luckless race,
might make it decent to exist at all on the starlit stone breast.

At Murray & McCarthy the endeavour is towards that excellence so that "Imagination & Creative Design" exist as one to be worthy of "...the starlit stone breast."


• Graphic Designer for Print and Web

As a Graphic Designer I bring over fifteen years of professional experience to the design table for the development of your projects, and 10 years as owner of Murray & McCarthy Publishing and Design for the business aspects of management and organisation of your projects.

In 2007 I started the business of Murray & McCarthy Publishing and Design and have been providing Graphic Design, Printing, and Web Design Services to companies, small business enterprises, and people in the creative arts.

To view customer project samples visit the PORTFOLIO page.

• Technical Illustrator / Engineering Draftsman

Early in my career I graduated with honours as a Technical Illustrator and began my career as an Engineering Draftsman where I worked for ten years on various projects preparing construction drawings for Engineers, Architects, Geologists, and Patent Attorneys.

Some of the more prominent companies and projects include:

• Book Designer and Independent Publisher

I have also had the privilege of Independently publishing 10 Books of Poetry and Audio CD's including the archaeological book "Secrets of Drombeg" and have successfully helped other authors to self-publish their own books and recordings under the Murray & McCarthy Publishing imprint. You can view samples of these works on the  Murray & McCarthy BOOKSHOP   page.

My book design skills began in 2001 with the self-publishing of my first illustrated book of poems where I completely fell in love with every aspect of book design and publishing including printing and binding. Since 2007 I have independently published printed books, audio books and CD recordings, including a performance poetry play on CD.

Publishing and design services include writing, editing, formatting manuscripts, typesetting books, designing book covers, preparing images and illustrations, designing page layouts, and preparing pre-press PDFs for print production.

To view Murray & McCarthy's independently published books visit the catalogue of books on the Murray & McCarthy BOOKSHOP page.

I hope you enjoy the visit to this Website and that you find a means to promote yourself and your business ideas, and consider the rewards in becoming a self-published author.
I look forward to the opportunity to assist you in your publishing and design projects.