a typeface by Feòrag

Dearmach is inspired by the Book of Durrow, an Insular manuscript associated with the monastery at Durrow, County Offaly, Ireland and now kept at Trinity College, Dublin. The name comes from the location of a famous monastery which Bede says was founded by Colum Cille and which is thought to be that at Durrow.

This version is an extensive redesign of one of my earlier fonts. It’s so extensive, I pondered giving it a different name. If you’re using it on a word processor, the line spacing needs to be at least 1.2. This is the default “auto” leading setting for most DTP applications.

The character set includes support for virtually every language which can be written in Latin script and includes a selection of ligatures. These characters can be accessed by either choosing an appropriate keyboard layout in the International preferences panel, or via the Special Characters.../Glyphs menu option (the name seems to vary depending on the application).

Dearmach includes all the characters supported by my Irish Insular Keyboard for MacOS X which allows the font to be used for the Irish language with distinctive insular forms for several letters.

The image below gives a sample of some of the characters included in the font:

The typeface comes in two 'flavours'. The OTF version is PostScript-flavoured OpenType; the TTF is TrueType-flavoured OpenType. Both should work on MacOS X, Linux and Windows systems. If you use MacOS 8 or 9, only the OTF version will work on these systems. If you have a PostScript printer, you should also choose the OTF version.

Creative Commons License
This typeface is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.5 UK: Scotland.

Note that the license includes the provision Any of these conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder. You already have my permission to use this font for commercial purposes, such as in a magazine or advertising, and do not need to ask (though a copy of whatever you used it for would be nice). There is also no need to credit me when using the typeface in this way. If you wish to redistribute this font commercially, including on a website with paid-for advertising, you must still get my permission to do so and you must make clear to others the license terms of this work.

Download OTF version 2.0 [Zip 479 Kb]
Download TTF version 2.0 [Zip 492 Kb]
Download the Irish Insular Keyboard Layout [Zip, 709 Kb].