Happy St. Patrick’s Day

I usually wouldn’t share two book lists in a row, but I couldn’t resist making another list of books on Ireland in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of all things Irish, rather just a title or two on a few different topics.  I’m happy to put together a list of suggested titles on other subjects if people would like.  Just let me know in the comments.  As always, these books were well-reviewed in trade publications such as Publishers Weekly.

On a total side note, I have been studying my family’s genealogy for several years and as many who attempt to research their Irish roots have found, it is incredibly challenging!  If you have any suggestions for books, resources, or other tips, please share.

walking in irelandWalking in Ireland: 50 Walks Through the Heart and Soul of Ireland

ireland tripsIreland’s Best Trips: 37 Amazing Road Trips

story irelandThe Story of Ireland: A History of the Irish People  

atlasAtlas of the Great Irish Famine  – starred review in Booklist

tracingTracing Your Irish Ancestors: The Complete Guide

genealogical atlasA New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland

real irish foodReal Irish Food: 150 Classic Recipes from the Old Country– starred review in Booklist

irish linenIrish People, Irish Linen 

And for kids:

st patrickSt. Patrick’s Day

black potatoesBlack Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850

And then not reviewed, but just for fun

speak irishSpeak Irish Now

irish englishIrish-English/English-Irish Easy Reference Dictionary

If you would like to hear Irish being spoken, check out RTE, Ireland’s national radio station.  To hear live streaming, go to the box in the center labeled “Ar an aer” (on air) and click the play arrow button next to the words “Eist anois” (listen now).  Very interesting!  Now I want to learn to speak Irish.

And on a personal note, I have used The Country Cooking of Ireland and
Irish Puddings, Tarts, Crumbles, and Fools and liked them both.  The Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French is also good.

Any other suggested books on Ireland?

Still reading House of Leaves.  I’m stuck on the first chapter.

All images via each book’s Amazon page.


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