Suggested Reading List
Fairy and Folk Tales of Ireland
Description: This volume combines two books of folklore edited by the Nobel Prize-winning poet who spearheaded the great Celtic renaissance in the early 20th century. These stories of changelings, ghosts, mermaids, demons, saints, priests, and fairies are enchanting and entertaining.
Ireland, A Concise History
Author: Conor Cruise O'Brien
Description: With its lively even-handed tone and hundreds of well-integrated photographs and illustrations, this book conveys the essence of Irish history and the Irish experience.
The Reader's Companion to Ireland
Author: Alan Ryan (ed.)
Description: Divided geographically, this collection of satisfyingly long stories and excerpts gathers classic and modern travel writing on the Emerald Isle -- a wonderful introduction to Ireland.
Heritage of Ireland
Author: Nathaniel Harris
Description: From the arrival of the Celts to the present, "Heritage of Ireland" reveals how history, climate, and culture have worked together to create a distinctively Irish identity.
A Traveller's History of Ireland
Author: Peter Neville
Description: From the Celts to the Norman invasions and modern-day Ireland, this short history is highly recommended for those who would like a brief overview of the Emerald Isle through the centuries
For the Love of Ireland: A Literary Companion
Author: Susan Cahill (ed.)
Description: A rich anthology of writing about Ireland by such Irish luminaries as James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Seamus Heaney, William, Trevor, Frank McCourt, Edna O'Brien, and Samuel Beckett. The well-chosen excerpts, organized by province, evoke in wonderful literary detail the geography of Ireland. Highly recommended for any traveler, the anthology is also a fine introduction to Irish literature.
Ireland in Mind: An Anthology
Author: Alice Leccese Powers
Description: Editor Powers presents three centuries of fiction, poetry, and essays on the Emerald Isle by a stellar cast of mostly Irish, English, and American writers. What is portrayed is not the stereotypical Ireland of facile travel writing but an altogether deeper and profounder place.
Ireland and the Irish
Author: John Ardagh
Description: impressionistic portrait of the two Irelands, based on interviews with leaders and ordinary people from every walk of life, includes their insights and the author's own observations and analysis. Anatomy of the country, this book is a most useful guide for the visitor wanting a complete picture of modern Irish life and the prevailing social and economic trends.
Ancestral Voices: Re;igion and Nationalism in Ireland
Author: Conor Cruise O'Brien
Description: Scholar and statesman Conor Cruise O'Brien illuminates why peace has been so elusive in Northern Ireland. He explains the conflation of religion and nation through Irish history into our own time. Using his life as a prism through which he interprets. Ireland's past and present, O'Brien identifies case after case of the lethal mixing of God with country that has spilled oceans of blood throughout this century of nationalism and that, from Bosnia to Northern Ireland, still curses the world.
The Companion Guide to Ireland
Author: Brendan Lehane
Description: A comprehensive guide to Ireland for the traveler with a focus on history and culture. Anecdotal, literate and often entertaining.
Author: Jacqueline O'Brien and Peter Harbison
Description: From prehistoric stone circles to crosses and castles, this provides both a visual and strong supportive text analysis of the relics and history of ancient Ireland. Over 300 color photos by O'Brien compliment Harbison's beautiful overview of Ireland's history.
The Penguin Book of Irish Short Stories
Author: Benedict Kiely (ed)
Description: Beginning with an exquisite love story-an ancient saga retold by Lady Gregory-and continuing with George Moore and the birth of the modern short story at the turn of the century, this highly representative collection includes both classic writers and contemporaries.
The Bodhran Makers
Author: John B. Keane
Description: A saga of the struggle between hard-living farmers and the Church, The Bodhran Makers is set in rural Ireland in the 1950s. Every January the farmers celebrate the Celtic ancestry with a festival of singing, drinking and music made with the Bodhran (a drum made from goat skin). A thorough, pained, loving account of a lost world--with the novel itself an act of cultural survival.
Old Days, Old Ways
Author: Olive Sharkey
Description: • A wonderfully written commentary on many aspects of rural Irish life in the recent past. There are a multitude of good drawings, interesting to learn about and/or compare with American implements. The author draws on her own family's experiences and acquaintances to illumine her narrative.
The Pipes are Calling
Author: Niall Williams and Christeine Breen
Description: With two-year old Deidre in her baby seat, Niall Williams and Christine Breen take to the backroads and boreens of Ireland - all of the the sights, smells, sounds and feelings of the different places the travel to, and best of all their life back home in Kiltumper.
Eyewitness Travel Guide Ireland
Description: This superb on-the-ground guide features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry
Knopf Guide Ireland
Description: A portable guide explores Ireland's lush green landscapes and exciting cities, pinpoints its historic sites and the homes of famous people, and provides accompanying photographs and maps.