Liam Mac Cóil
Liam Mac Cóil is a writer and critic. He lives in the County Meath Gaeltacht of Ráth Chairn. He has written books, articles and essays on literature, history, the arts and television.
His novel An Dochtúir Áthas (1994) was the first Irish language book shortlisted for The Irish Times Literary Awards. Since then, he has written another novel, An Claíomh Solais (The Sword of Light), and a writer’s diary, Nótaí ón Lár, as well as An Chláirseach agus an Choróin: Seacht gCeolsiansa Stanford, a book about the composer Charles Villiers Stanford. His novel, Fontenoy won the Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin 2006 award.
As well as his work for adults, he has written a book in the series Scéalta Staire (Tales from History), Toirealach Ó Cearúlláin. He has also translated from the Welsh,Tiocfaidh Lá by Ffred Ffransis (Carbad, 1977), and Saibhreas Chnoic Chaspair by J. Selwyn Lloyd (An Gúm, 1981),and published the history of his own native place, The Book of Blackrock (Carraig Books, 1977, 1981). In association with Professor Ruairí Ó hUiginn, Liam edits the literary and arts journal Bliainiris.
Leabhar Breac published his latest novel, Bealach na Spáinneach in 2019, the final novel in the ‘Lúcás Ó Briain’ series of historical thrillers set in Ireland and the continent of Europe in 1612. The other two novels in the trilogy are An Litir and I dTir Strainséartha.
“There is no other novelist in Irish today who writes with the same care, precision and clarity.” — Alan Titley, The Irish Times
Bealach na SpáinneachLiam Mac Cóil€15.00
The third book in the Lúcás Ó Briain series (An Litir). The Atlantic port of Galway 1612, Lucás, a young student and a gifted swordsman, is entrusted by...
An ChoillLiam Mac Cóil€16.00
A knight awakes in the middle of the woods, like a child, without any memory, and not knowing where he is. Step by step, he explores his surroundings...
An Chláirseach agus an ChoróinLiam Mac Cóil€20.00
Charles Villiers Stanford was a great composer, perhaps the greatest composer to have ever come from Ireland. In this beautiful-looking book, not only is Stanford's music and Gaelic...
An Claíomh SolaisLiam Mac Cóil€12.00
A novel set in the Meath Gaeltacht of Ráth Chairn na Mí in the months preceding the founding of Teilifís na Gaeilge. A young television producer returns to...
An Dochtúir ÁthasLiam Mac Cóil€12.50
My own doctor sent me to see him. "You have an illness," he said that day, "that doesn't have a name. Doctor Áthas is very skilled in this...
An LitirLiam Mac Cóil€15.00
Galway, Spring 1612. The Atlantic port of Galway has become a hotbed of conspiracy and intrigue against English rule in Ireland. In this thrilling 17th century swashbuckler, Lucás,...
FontenoyLiam Mac Cóil€12.50
In the archives of the French town of Chartres some printed pages from the 18th Century were discovered, and a reference to the mysterious author of these printers'...
I dTír StrainséarthaLiam Mac Cóil€15.00
The Atlantic port of Galway 1612, Lucás, a young student and a gifted swordsman, is entrusted by a shady Jesuit priest with an important letter to be delivered...
Nótaí ón LárLiam Mac Cóil€10.00
When the author was asked by An Aimsir Óg to provide some work to celebrate the Irish Language in the year 2000, and to do that, if possible, in the...