By Enda Coyle-Greene

Map of the Last

Enda Coyle-Greene’s second collection of poetry includes a central sequence exploring the aftermath of a notorious maritime disaster off north Dublin.


Enda Coyle-Greene’s second collection of poems Map of the Last begins with a question about what, apart from laughing, we should be doing ‘on this exquisite earth’, and ends with the supposition that it is sometimes more than enough to be ‘back in your life, life going on.’ In between are all the journeys – real and imagined – at least attempted on a daily basis.

A sense of a world in motion pervades these poems whose protagonists are rarely still. Wanderers, drifters, nightwalkers and aimless drivers resign themselves to regret, remorse or simple misunderstandings.The past to which many of them are drawn remains a place where ‘everything’s done differently.’

The collection’s central sequence, ‘Salvage’ explores the aftermath of a notorious maritime disaster off north Dublin, the poet drawing on newspaper archives and a variety of poetic forms in order to recreate the range and scale of the human tragedy.

ISBN 978 1 906614 76 8 Paperback
127 x 204 mm, 76 pp
October 2013

Additional information

Weight .15 kg
Dimensions 216 × 140 mm

Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 9781906614768
  • Size: : 216 x 140 mm
  • Pages: : 76 pp
  • Published: : October 2013

About The Author


ENDA COYLE-GREENE was born in 1954 and divided her formative years between Dublin’s iconic Moore Street and Rathfarnham. Her many and varied jobs include a long stint in international freight forwarding. A personal ambition was realised when she graduated with an MA (Dist.) from the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast. Published widely in Ireland and elsewhere, and broadcast frequently on RTE Radio, Enda Coyle-Greene’s work has featured in anthologies such as The Word Ark: A Pocket Book of Animal Poems (Dedalus, 2020) The Lea-Green Down: Irish Poets respond to Patrick Kavanagh (Fiery Arrow Press, 2018) The Deep Heart’s Core: Irish Poets Revisit a Touchstone Poem (Dedalus, 2017) The 2014 One City, One Book choice, If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (Dedalus, 2014) and Sunday Miscellany: A Selection from 2004 -2006 (New Island) among others. She has had poems commissioned for permanent display as part of installations in Dublin and Limerick. For many years she has lived within earshot of the sea in Skerries, North County Dublin, where she also raised her daughter. Enda Coyle-Greene is co-founder and Artistic Director of the Fingal Poetry Festival She also reviews, mentors, teaches creative writing and facilitates poetry workshops. Honours received include a short-listing for the Francis MacManus Awards (for radio short stories), a Hennessy Literary Awards nomination (for poetry) and a first prize at Poetry on the Lake Festival, Orta, Italy. The manuscript of her first collection, Snow Negatives, won the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2006 and was published by the Dedalus Press in 2007. Enda Coyle-Greene’s subsequent collections from Dedalus are Map of the Last (2013 and, most recently, Indigo, Electric, Baby (2020).