Reading Ireland Month | 2019

Hello, lovely readers,

As in the previous years, for our delight, Cathy and Niall are hosting Reading Ireland Month, in March, to celebrate  all things Irish!

Here are some of my possible reads for the Month:

  • 5th February – 3rd March – Contemporary Irish Novels
    • A Line Made by Walking, by Sara Baume (2017)
    • The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennoxby Maggie O’Farrell (2006)
    • Tender by Belinda McKeon (2015)
    • Walk the Blue Fields, by Claire Keegan (2007)
  • 4th – 10th March – Classic Irish Novels
    • That Lady, by Kate O’Brien (1946)
    • A struggle for fame, by Charlotte Riddell (1883)
    • Belinda, by Maria Edgeworth (1801)
    • Mary O’Gradyby Mary Josephine Lavin (1950)
    • The Beth Book, by Sarah Grand (1897)
    • The Gadfly, by Ethel Lilian Voynich (1897)
    • The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, by Brian Moore (1955)
  • 11th – 17th March – Irish Short Story Collections
    • The Rose Garden: Short Stories, by Maeve Brennan (1999)
  • 18th – 24th March – Irish Non-Fiction
    • Notes to self, by Emilie Pine (2018)
  • 25th – 31st March – Irish Miscellany (Poetry, Plays, Film Reviews)
    • Selected poems, by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin (2008)
    • Selected poems, by Medbh McGuckian (1997)

If you need any recommendations, check out Cathy’s list of  100 Novels by Irish Women Writers. And here is a list of Irish books I’ve enjoyed (my reviews are linked below):

  • The Visitor, by Maeve Brennan (2000, originally written in the 1940’s)
  • Miss Emily, by Nuala O’Connor (Nuala Ní Chonchúir, 2015)

That’s all, folks! Which Irish books do you recommend? And what are your reading plans for March? I hope we have a great reading month. 🙂

Yours truly,


Margaret Clarke (Irish painter), ‘Christmas Gifts’, 1948

10 thoughts on “Reading Ireland Month | 2019

  1. What a lovely idea! I also own The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, as well as several by Molly O’Farrell. And I do have several of Anthony Trollope’s Irish novels. Thanks for the suggestion!


  2. Wonderful selections – this is really helpful as a reference. Your review of The Death of the Heart has me even more interested to read it this month.


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