10 Books to Read Before Traveling to Ireland

By: Leah Shoup

Normal People 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.

Angela's Ashes 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 Commitments, 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.

Dubliners 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.

Say Nothing 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.