Books to Read Before Traveling to Ireland
By: Leah Shoup
by Sally Rooney
It's one of the most famous Irish books written by a modern Irish author, following the tumultuous relationship between Connell and Marianne.
by Frank McCourt
Awarded the 1997 Pulitzer Prize, this book chronicles Frank McCourt's tumultuous childhood in Depression-era Limerick and return to America.
The Barrytown Trilogy by Roddy Doyle
This trilogy follows the Rabbitte family in the fictional town of Barrytown, as depicted in
The Snapper, and The Van.
The Heart's Invisible Furies
by John Boyne
Cyril Avery navigates love, loss, and the challenges of being a gay man in conservative 1940s Dublin after being adopted into a wealthy family.
by James Joyce
This collection of 15 short stories by James Joyce provides glimpses into the lives of Dublin residents, often featuring moments of epiphany.
by Patrick Radden Keefe
This nonfiction work delves into the Troubles in Northern Ireland, particularly the 1972 disappearance of Jean McConville.
Small Things Like These
by Claire Keegan
In 1985 Ireland, Bill Furlong, a coal delivery man, confronts unsettling truths during a Christmas delivery to a convent, reminiscent of
It's A Wonderful Life.
The Princes of Ireland
by Edward Rutherfurd
The first book in the Dublin Saga spans eleven centuries of Irish history from Celtic Ireland to the reign of Henry VIII of England.
How the Irish Saved Civilization
by Thomas Cahill
Recommended for history buffs, discover Ireland's crucial role in preserving important literature from the Dark Ages.
Irish Fairy and Folk Tales
by W.B. Yeats
This collection of Irish folklore and myths has been passed down through generations, focusing on stories of fairies, ghosts, witches, and giants.
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