St Patrick’s Day in books


Well today is of course St Patricks Day so what better way to celebrate than by reading a book set in Ireland/Northern Ireland?

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Eureka Street by Robert McLiam Wilson 

Jake Jackson and Chuckie Lurgan are good friends. But one is Catholic and the other is Protestant–their journey and experience around their sectarian set at a time when Belfast was in the middle of  ‘The Troubles’, this is a poignant and often very funny look at Belfast.

“All stories are love stories” is the first sentence of this book. It’s not a love story in the traditional sense but a delicious tribute to the city of Belfast.



Broken Harbour by Tana French

In Broken Harbour, a ghost estate outside Dublin –  two children and their father are dead. The mother is on her way to intensive care. Scorcher Kennedy at first thinks its a sad case of a man’s financial woes troubles ending in the slaughter of his family. But many things just don’t add up…

To make matters worse, this case is a strange and painful reminder of what happened to his own family at the same places, when they were kids.



‘The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty’ by Sebastian Barry

The tensions surrounding the Irish struggle for independence lie at the heart of this novel set in the town of Sligo about the tensions surrounding the Irish struggle for independence

A man joins the British-led police force the Royal Irish Constabulary, but ends up being labelled a traitor. As a marked man he goes on the run, but he sneaks back to Sligo whenever he can.

This is his journey and more of 20th Century Ireland, and of a man and a country both fighting to exist.



‘Juno and Juliet’ by Julian Gough

This is a story of identical twins during their first year at university which sees them adjusting to life in the city, drinking in the bars and sometimes attending classes A coming of age story in which Galway itself is one of the main characters.



Tipperary by Frank Delaney  – A novel of Ireland

The story of an itinerant healer born in 1860 who travels the countryside dispensing cures, discovering the story of Ireland through its people, and witnesses at first hand, the birth of land-reform measures destined to lead to Irish independence.

When he falls in love with April Jones who rejects him and so he returns to Ireland and decides to preserve an abandoned estate in tipperary which may belong to april and her father. As he travels and works, he meets such figures as Charles Parnell and George Bernard Shaw.

This is the story of a man’s passion for the woman he loves is intertwined with his country’s emergence as a nation.

This is only  a short tour of Ireland. But just goes to show that a small country has a wide wide range of literature and is covered with books set in various places all over its fair green isle!
Happy St Patrick’s Day!!!