The Publisher

Cois Life was established in 1995 to publish literary and academic works in the Irish language. Cois Life published between 6 and 8 books each year, predominantly works of fiction, poetry, books for young people and some academic and non-fiction titles. In July 2018, it was announced that Cois Life would cease trading at the end of 2019. Management of the Cois Life stock and rights agreements has been handed over to Cló Iar-Chonnacht publishers.


  • over 150 titles published
  • featuring new and established authors; good representation of female authors in our catalogue
  • numerous publishing awards won by the company and several prizes and awards for our authors
  • a biographical database of our authors available in both Irish and English available on this website
  • consistently high production values – attractive book design and dissemination of books in different formats. Audiobooks are produced for appropriate titles and most new titles are available as ebooks in a range of formats.

Audience and Readership
Cois Life’s books attract an eclectic and global market. Irish-language students are a key market, buying books ranging from texts aimed at advanced-level language acquisition to some of the finest contemporary literature in Irish, which is studied at universities in Ireland and worldwide. Many other works are recommended general reading for students and are selected for adult learners of Irish in Irish-language book clubs. Both fiction and non-fiction titles attract a market in Irish-medium schools. A substantial proportion of our sales are to North America and to other regions of the Irish diaspora. Our ebook market is truly international and we have witnessed in recent years a growing interest from libraries all over the world – and indeed in Ireland itself – for digital formats.

Cois Life has published a number of dual-language anthologies. The award-winning works Lón Anama and Filíocht Ghrá na Gaeilge make thoughtful, sophisticated gifts. Readers with a general interest in things Irish can avail of works compiled by Donla uí Bhraonáin about Irish-language proverbs and prayers, to say nothing of the beautiful gift-book Leabhar Laethanta, a book of days in Irish.

Among Cois Life’s best-sellers are works by authors such as Áine Ní Ghlinn, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Liam Ó Muirthile, Alex Hijmans and Antain Mac Lochlainn. Since its establishment Cois Life has been a pioneering and innovative presence in the Irish publishing industry, one example being the early establishment of the website and online shop at back in 2004 to sell books directly to readers.

A multimedia first for Cois Life was the publication of the first audio CD in Ireland inserted in a printed book (Séanna, 1996) and in 2014 Cois Life innovated yet again with the first audiobook made available for free download in digital format (Daideo).

Cois Life receives financial support from The Arts Council, and from Clár na Leabhar Gaeilge, Foras na Gaeilge. The company is registered with Foilsiú Éireann – Publishing Ireland.

Distributors: Áis, Unit 3, Dunshaughlin Business Park, Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath. (353-1-6616522)