I've written before about some timely Irish-themed reading in honor of the holiday. It's impossible to consider Irish lit without considering Joyce, of course; though I haven't read (and am not sure I will read) Ulysses, Dubliners remains one of my favorite short story collections. I first read it in college and have a slim, lime green copy I may revisit this week.
For someone who struggles to read poetry (it's a thing I plan to work on), I also have quite the collection of Irish poetry books on my shelves. Paul Muldoon is one of my husband's favorite poets of all time, and Seamus Heaney is, I believe, a close second. I've held on to a copy of Michael Longley's poetry from college, and no Irish poetry collection would be complete without Coralie Bickford Smith's dazzling volume.
More modern Irish writers that I continue to adore include Tana French, of Dublin Murder Squad fame (I've read all but the latest one--no spoilers, please!) and Paul Murray (author of Skippy Dies, which, if you haven't read it, get on that stat).
What are your favorite Irish books? Who are your favorite Irish authors?
I'll leave you with a few photos from our trip to Ireland last year. (It really is that green.)
*Title pronunciation, roughly: BYAN-knock-tee nah FAY-la PAW-drig o-RIV.