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Colm Ó Lochlainn

Typographer and printer who in 1926 founded Three Candles Press, b. Dublin, 1892, d. 1972. Creator of the typeface Baoithín (1932), based on Victor Hammer's Hammerschrift. Digitized as Loch Garman (1999, with Michael Everson). He and Karl Uhlemann are responsible for Colum Cille, a modern round Gaelic typeface named after the sixth-century Irish saint, Colmcille (1936, Monotype Series 121, see here). Digitized in 1993 by his son Dara Ó\0Lochlainn, it is now available from Monotype. Colum Cille (or Colmcille) was not commercially popular. Three Candles, the only printing press to offer the typeface, went under, and Irish typography came to a halt until the digital age.

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file name: Colm O Lochlainn Dara O Lochlainn Colmcille 1936 1993


file name: Colm O Lochlainn Dara O Lochlainn Colmcille 1936 1993b







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