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Started by Bean Sáirséil Feb 1. 0 Replies

Dia Duit and cead míle fálite!! I'm Heather, and I have a passion for Irish literature. Most people know of Yeats, Joyce, Shaw, Wilde, and maybe even Swift. But Irish literature has been on the…Continue

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Comment by Cynthia Neale on February 22, 2014 at 10:00

I've just finished reading a compelling novel by PJ Curtis titled A Nightingale falling and traveled to war-torn Ireland in the 1920s. See my review on Amazon and Goodreads. I can't wait to read more of his novels. He was born in Kilnaboy, The Burren and is an award-winning broadcaster and record producer. Off the cuff, a favorite short story writer of long ago Ireland is Liam O'Flaherty (Lovers and The Blow). A contemporary short story collection titled Heart of Burren Stone by Re O Laighleis is a favorite. Sebastian Barry, Colm Toibin, and many more. Many years ago when I found the old stories of the seanchi, Peig Sayers, in a dusty old store, it was magic. And Maurice O'Sullivan's stories, as well as James Barry, Tales from the West of Ireland (was a book that helped me with my research). I should stop here! It's good to take time to remember, share, and hopefully write about what we have loved about Irish books and not what we disliked. Too much of that is elsewhere!


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Comment by Belinda Evangelista on February 22, 2014 at 10:11

Anyone read Walter Macken's Flight of the Doves?

Comment by Cynthia Neale on February 22, 2014 at 10:36

No, but adding it to my list!

Comment by Bean Sáirséil on February 22, 2014 at 12:20
Cynthia, that sounds very interesting!! I'll have to check it out! :)
Comment by Bean Sáirséil on February 22, 2014 at 12:25
Belinda, yes! It's one of my favourites. Macken is pretty amazing. Have you read any of his other books?

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Comment by Belinda Evangelista on February 22, 2014 at 12:27

A teacher read it in class as a kid....I remember being enthralled....I must reread it

Comment by Bean Sáirséil on February 22, 2014 at 12:34
It's definitely worth a re-read. He has another one which is also geared for a younger audience, The Island of Great Yellow Ox. My children love both of them.
Comment by Tom O Connor on March 26, 2014 at 22:22

'Mo Asal Beag Dubh' by Padraig O Conaire may not be in the top list of Irish Literature, but it is a wonderful little book to help anyone brush up on their command of the Irish language.


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Comment by Belinda Evangelista on April 22, 2014 at 22:16

World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Days) is a yearly event on 23 April, organized by UNESCO to promote readingpublishing and copyright. World Book Day was celebrated for the first time on 23 April 1995.

Comment by DJ Kelly on Sunday

A lovely review (by US reviewer Noah Jamieson) of my book 'Running with Crows - The Life and Death of a Black and Tan' -  is up at Goodreads:   https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17457267-running-with-crows---t...   An award-winning theatre company has commissioned me to adapt 'Running with Crows' to a 3 act play. 'Death of a Tan' will be performed by them in the spring.  Sad but true, that the only Black & Tan they executed for murder during the Irish War of Independence was an Irishman.

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