Happy Beer Day, y’all! I mean, St. Patrick’s Day? Yes. The day when Americans wear green and stereotype Irish culture with both ignorance and abandon. I’m just here for the Guinness, myself.

Here are 6 works of Irish literature that you’ve probably already heard of, maybe meant to get around to. Perhaps my enthusiastic opinions will help push you in a direction. Slainte.

  1. Ulysses by James Joyce

Yes, this one’s a doozy. The only way I got through it was by being forced to read it in a class with an Irish professor who specializes in Irish lit. But, it gets so much hype for a reason. Open it to a random page (you aren’t going to be able to easily follow the plot anyway, which is kind of the point?) and just go with it.


  1. The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats

If you like poetry, fairies, mythology, ghosts, supernatural things in general, children being kidnapped in a cool but creepy way, gorgeous verses on nature, and generally good things, read this.


  1. In the Woods by Tana French

Oooooooooooooh SUCH a good mystery. French’s character development is exquisite.

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  1. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

My number one favorite play of all time hands down the end just read it.

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  1. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Yes, you probably know about the little people tying Gulliver up, but unless you had to read this in school, you’re missing out on the cool horse people. Deep metaphors, man. Dig it.

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  1. Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy

This is not only a delightful drama about a small town Irish woman trying to find love and escape feeling trapped, but once you finish it it’s a movie with Minnie Driver, but most important, Alan Cumming. !!!!!!

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Grab the nearest pint glass and a blanket, and curl up with any of these reads for some goodness!