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Five Essential Irish Reads

By Jennifer McClelland-Smith

Want to know what Irish eyes are reading? Ireland and the Irish people have inspired any number of lush, lyrical stories full of intrigue, adventure, and heartbreak. Discover your next obsession of the Celtic variety in this list of some of our favorite Irish reads!

An Irish Country Family by Patrick Taylor

Patrick Taylor fans know that any of the books in his bestselling Irish Country series are worth picking up, and the most recent entry is no exception. Once again, the charming village and people of Ballybucklebo are on display as in this book that effortlessly shifts between Dr. Barry Laverty’s time as a young intern and years later as a beloved member of the community.

 

Irish Above All by Mary Pat Kelly
Mary Pat Kelly continues the incredible story of Chicago-born, Irish-American Nora Kelly, begun in Of Irish Blood. This book is not only a great Irish read (complete with a journey to the Emerald Isle), it’s an incredible look at some of the most important figures in the 20th century from FDR to Al Capone.

 

Song of Ireland by Juliene Osborne-McKnight 
A lyrical re-telling of the coming of the Celts to Eire, Song of Ireland effortlessly blends tales of the mythical Danu people with Irish history. Fans of fantasy and romance alike will be drawn in by this thrilling epic by noted folklorist Juliene Osborne-McKnight.

 

 

Only Wounded by Patrick Taylor
Patrick Taylor returns to his beloved Ulster in Northern Ireland to tell the story of “The Troubles”. Heartbreaking and powerful, this collection of stories centers on the lives of everyday people enduring the realities of the sectarian violence that took so many innocent lives at the end of the last century.

 

1916 by Morgan Llywelyn
Morgan Llywelyn is a well-known writer on the Irish experience. 1916 tells the story of the Irish fight for freedom through the eyes of a young man with nothing to lose. This gripping account of the doomed Easter Rebellion will keep fans of historical fiction at the edge of their seats.

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