Friday, January 19, 2007

Books set in Ireland

ring of kerry fieldsIf you have an interest in Ireland, I recommend reading McCarthy's Bar, written by the late Pete McCarthy.In the book, he describes visiting Ireland, always following his rule, “never pass a bar that has your name on it.” He has a way with words, with vivid and humorous descriptions of the people he meets and the places he sees. It's one of my favorite books.

I also like the books by Niall Williams and Christine Breen about moving from New York to a small town in County Clare. O Come Ye Back to Ireland: Our First Year in the County Clare is the first of four books about their life at Kiltumper Cottage.They include such interesting stories that I was sad to reach the end of the last book.

If you know about other books set in Ireland that you can recommend, please add them to the comments section.