The History of The Irish...Worldwide
A place to talk about Irish authors and literature.
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Started by Bean Sáirséil Feb 1.
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
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!
Anyone read Walter Macken's Flight of the Doves?
No, but adding it to my list!
A teacher read it in class as a kid....I remember being enthralled....I must reread it
'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.
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 reading, publishing and copyright. World Book Day was celebrated for the first time on 23 April 1995.
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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