Out of the Darkness

Council Project



This is a personal view of indigenous Irish spirituality by Lar Dooley, taken from the viewpoint of over 50 years of individual exploration of our ancient Irish indigenous culture; putting together the story of what drove them to create so many hilltop cairns which dot the landscape of Sliabh na Caillaigh, also known as Loughcrew in County Meath, Ireland.

With contributions from different artists and photographers, as well as his own painted art and powerful poetry, Lar Dooley takes us on a life-affirming journey into the mystery, meaning and modern interpretations of the Boyne Valley neolithic monuments. With a strong focus on the rise of the Sacred Feminine and the ancestral figure of An Cailleach as a guide, “Out of the Darkness” is a wonderful peek into what could be lying hidden in the origins of the human love for this island.

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(includes Prologue, Introduction and Chapter 1)

Where to buy it?

The book can be purchased at Loughcrew Megalithic Centre, Oldcastle, Co. Meath,
where you can get it either from the shop or the author himself.
It can also be found at Maguire’s, Hill of Tara.

Meet the Author and Contributors

Lar Dooley was born in Dublin, and has spent much of his time in and around the hills of Loughcrew. As a resident part of the Loughcrew Megalithic Centre, Lar offers a weekly tour up the Hill where he shares its history, mythology, and his own views on indigenous Irish spirituality.

The book contains photographs and original art pieces by the brilliant talents of: Jane Brideson, Jim Fitzpatrick, Gavin Sodo, Courtney Davies, Séamus Draoigall, Michael Vance, Seamus Fegan, Margaret McKenna, Sean Fitzgerald, Anthony Murphy and Patrick Conway.