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The Last of the Light (Hardback)

The Last of the Light (Hardback)

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The Last of the Light

A book of night notes, memories, short stories and images from the Loop Head peninsula 

Winner of the 2023 CAP Award for Independently Published Authors (Anthology)

(Beautifully produced, this hardback book has a linen-like textured cover with a raw, embossed silver motif that echoes throughout. It has a striking, visually discreet logo and a flow of silky, pleasurable pages. 120 pages, 28 colour images.)

The Last of the Light is a book that stands apart, offering you its raw and eloquent beauty. 

Steeped in the images, textures, characters and lore of the Loop Head peninsula, the book is alive with stories and meditations carefully crafted from vividly lived experience. Salted with prose and poetry lyrically drawn from the shadowlands of memory, history, place — the book juts out like a headland.

Personal and historical currents move amidst its deep waters. It reads, in parts, like a vibrant hymn to a holy place. It reads, too, as a vital document of identity, a search for authentic living, and an ode to the soul-nourishing power of the wild.

It is also an ironclad testament to the enduring bond of brotherhood: Beneath the pieces flows a quiet, submerged narrative a minor chord of loss for one absent brother, whose light still lingers everywhere.

You will find it hard to put down. And it will echo in your heart for a long time after.


“… a moving and beautiful book … I read it right through in one sitting … the short stories have the immediacy of direct reporting – a most convincing achievement. This book is beautifully produced, with some really outstanding and evocative photography.”

Michael Viney (Irish Times contributor, broadcaster, film-maker and natural-history author)

“Marvelous word works … writes with real power.”

Thomas Lynch (American poet & essayist)

“The winner stood out. It’s an exceptional book by any standards – and I mean any standards. Not only is the book beautifully written, which it is, but the production values are sky high: the magnificent photographs, the beautiful font, the gorgeous paper, the beautiful cover, the quality of the cover, the endpapers … Short stories, thoughts, memories … it’s impossible to convey exactly the content of the book, but I do recommend you all to read it – it’s a beautiful experience, and I’d like to congratulate Marc and thank him for writing and producing such a wonderful book.”

Orna Ross, Irish novelist, poet and founder of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). (Citation, as Winner of the 2023 Carousel Aware Prize for Independently Published Authors (Anthology).)

'This is a hybrid work, combining several different modes and genres and disciplines, but they all work together to weave a complete picture of a place and the people who inhabit . . . The book is exemplary in its voice and writing style . . . The voice, the local color, the texture of the scenes are all vivid and interesting . . . The book layout and design and printing are top notch . . .This is a beautiful book with very little that could be done to improve it . . . ' 

Judge, 31st  Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards.


Beautifully produced, this hardback is covered in a linen-like texture, with a raw, embossed motif that echoes throughout the book. It has a striking, visually discreet logo, and a flow of silky, pleasurable pages.

Delivery Information

Delivery to Ireland & Northern Ireland

Delivery to Ireland & Northern Ireland is FREE - regardless of number of books ordered.

Expected delivery time is 1-3 days.

Delivery to UK & EU

Delivery to the UK & EU costs a flat rate of €12.50

Expected delivery time is 4-6 days.

International Delivery

Delivery to the USA is €21

Delivery to Australia is €27

Expected delivery time is 7 -10 days.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 19 reviews

Great book with some beautiful pictures

You have chosen an excellent title for the publication

The Last of the Light is a fabulous publication, very well written.

The author transports the reader to share with him in his journey where at times experiences and reminiscences converge.

I am enjoying every page as it transports me back to the Loop Head Peninsula where I was born and reared.

I feel that The Last of the Light is a must have publication for everybody with connections to the Loop Head Peninsula.

Paula Spillane
The Last of the Light

Dixie Collins West Clare currach club read In Mid -Air on the pier at Kilkee on our return from a currach row as guests from Cork who had attended the cruinniú the previous day. The hospitality continued with a swim at The Pollock Holes.
Marc Ó Riain's words stayed with me long after I listened to his friend reading them.
It's a most beautiful book in every way. The feeling behind the words stay and stay.

Katie Clooney-Gainey

It's a beautiful book, both in content and design. I'm enjoying it, taking it slowly as it deserves. BTW it's Pauline, not Katie.

Donna Cox
The Last of the Light

It's such a beautiful book. This is the second edition I've bought as a gift as I think it's just a gorgeous book, from the photos, to the stories, it transport you to another time and place. Highly recommend

Marc O Riain Author

Marc Ó Riain

A native of Kilkee, Co. Clare, Marc Ó Riain’s work has been published in the Sunday Tribune, Southword, The Galway Review, and the anthology Abandoned Darlings.

His fiction has been shortlisted for a Hennessy New Irish Writing Award and his poetry for the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize.