The Publisher

Cois Life was established in 1995 to publish literary and academic works in the Irish language. Between 6 and 8 new books are published 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 will cease trading at the end of 2019, and management of their stock and rights agreements will be handed over to Cló Iar-Chonnacht.


  • 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)

Company Directors

Dr. Caoilfhionn Nic Pháidín

Born in England and grew up in Dublin. Graduated from University College Dublin. Has a lifelong engagement with Irish-language publishing. Worked as an editor in An Gúm; edited Comhar 1979–84; edited Irish-language columns for The Irish Times 1984–87; and was research editor in lexicography in the Royal Irish Academy until 1999. Authored two books and several articles. Director of Fiontar, Dublin City University 1999–2006 and Senior Lecturer there until 2015, where she established several digital humanities projects for Irish:;; (Irish-language terms);; and Co-founded Cois Life publishers with Dr Seán Ó Cearnaigh in 1996. Member of both Government Commissions pertaining to the Irish language in recent years: Commission to examine the role of voluntary bodies (1996–7) and Coimisiún na Gaeltachta (1999–2000). Board member of Foras na Gaeilge (2007–2011).

Dr. Seán Ó Cearnaigh

A Dubliner and graduate of Trinity College, Dublin. Formerly a researcher in The Royal Irish Academy, The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and The Placenames Branch, Dept. of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. He has edited various publications and compiled the biographical bibliography Scríbhneoirí na Gaeilge 1945–1995. Seán is currently head of corporate planning in Foras na Gaeilge, the cross-border body which promotes the Irish language.


Jenifer Ní Ghrádaigh – Publishing Officer

Jenifer is a graduate of UCD, with a Higher Diploma in Applied Irish and Translation from GMIT. She has held research posts in the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies and University College Cork, and her interests include Old Irish, history, and medieval art. She edited various academic publications in the course of her career, before joining Cois Life in 2015.


Book Design: Alan Keogh

Principles of Transparency

Cois Life are committed to complying with the Arts Council’s Code of Governance and Principles of Good Fundraising.

Cois Life’s financial statements for the year ending 30 June 2019 are available here: Financial statements for year ending 30 June 2019.