Suggested Booklist

Ireland by Frank Delaney

Novel featuring a traditional storyteller and the tales he tells as he travels around Ireland. His stories are a mix of fact and fantasy — what did happen and what might have happened

The Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga by Edward Rutherfurd

Eleven hundred years of Irish history through the stories of historical and fictional characters

Haunted Ground: A Novel by Erin Hart

Mystery of a “bog body” that surfaces in the middle of Ireland and how it ties to a contemporary crime

The Year of the French by Thomas Flanagan

Sprawling historical tale of Ireland’s doomed uprising against the British in 1798

Collected Plays and Poems and The Aran Islands by J.M. Synge

Synge’s plays plus the prose account of the time he spent on the Aran Islands, which influenced the language and themes of his plays

Celtic Journeys: A Traveler’s Guide to Ireland’s Spiritual Legacy by Steve and Lois Rabey

Explores the Ireland of myth and legend at major pre-Celtic and Celtic sites, with details of archaeology, geography, and local customs

The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats

All of the poems by Yeats encompassing his entire career, with explanatory notes

My Lady Judge by Cora Harrison

Medieval mystery featuring a woman judge set in 1509 in the Burren in western Ireland, showing the ancient Irish legal system at work

Master of Souls by Peter Tremayne

Mystery set in 7th century Ireland on the Dingle Peninsula, featuring Sister Fidelma, sister of the King of Munster (from Cashel) and a trained advocate of the ancient Irish legal system

The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen

Novel of the life of the Anglo-Irish in a country mansion in Cork during the Irish War of Independence

Trinity by Leon Uris

Novel of the years 1840-1916 through the viewpoint of British, Irish Catholic and Ulster Protestant families

How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill

Story of Irish scholars who preserved the written heritage of Western civilization and brought this learning back to the European continent after the “Dark Ages”

The Death of A Joyce Scholar by Bartholomew Gill

Chief of the murder squad of the Irish police must study James Joyce's difficult novel Ulysses, set in 1904 Dublin, to track down a contemporary murderer

Dubliners by James Joyce

Short stories set in Dublin in the 1890s and early 1900s, which Joyce called a series of chapters in the moral history of his community