Books to Read Before Visiting Ireland
By: Leah Shoup
by Frank McCourt
This memoir recounts the author's impoverished upbringing split between New York and the Emerald Isle, offering insight into Irish culture during the Depression Era.
by James Joyce
This collection of 15 short stories intricately illuminates the lives of Dublin's residents, capturing the harsh reality of life in the big city.
by James Plunkett
One of the best classic Irish books of the twentieth century,
is set in Dublin during the 1913 lockout.
The Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O'Brien
This famous series follows Cait and Baba's journey from rural Ireland to Dublin, focusing on their friendship amidst themes of love and loss.
by Sally Rooney
A winner of the Man Booker Prize, this novel traces the story of Connell and Marianne from friends to adversaries to lovers in a small Irish town.
The Barrytown Trilogy by Roddy Doyle
The Barrytown Trilogy captures the humorous and poignant essence of working-class life in Dublin through the Rabbitte family.
How the Irish Saved Civilization by
Discover Ireland's pivotal role in safeguarding Western Civilization, preserving critical learning and literature during the Dark Ages.
by Patrick Radden Keefe
Delve into the Troubles in Northern Ireland, focusing on the 1972 disappearance of Jean McConville.
The Last Storyteller
by Frank Delaney
This historical fiction read follows Ben MacCarthy's travels to collect Irish folklore, leading him into unexpected danger during 1956-57.
The Story of Ireland
by Neil Hegarty
Anyone planning to tour Ireland will love this book covering 1500 years of Irish history, spanning from pre-Christian times to the twentieth century.
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