Irish literature: The gift of storytelling

Irish writers have been producing quality work for centuries. These talented storytellers have created a body of literature that ranges from heart-wrenching tragedies to hilarious comedies, with everything in between. The stories of Ireland are as varied and complex as the Irish people themselves, so there is a book for every reader's taste and interest.

The Irish are well known for their gift of story telling. It's not surprising then, that stories and books continue to be a popular aspect of Ireland's culture. Ireland has produced a number of internationally acclaimed authors in the last few decades, including Roddy Doyle and Maeve Binchy. Other contemporary Irish authors include Sebastian Barry, Anne Enright and Colm Tóibín.

Irish books are probably the most popular books in the world, and the Irish people are some of the biggest readers. Whether it’s our love for reading or our love for drinking (or maybe both), we like to read a lot. We have a long history of great writers, from Oscar Wilde to James Joyce, from Bram Stoker to Samuel Beckett, from Jonathan Swift to Maeve Binchy.

Irish Literature is a treasure to the world, it is an amazing history of the Irish people.

Historically speaking...

The story of Ireland's literature begins in the early Middle Ages, with a tradition of poetry and learning that went back to the ancient Celtic world. The Christian monks who came to Ireland from Britain and France in the 5th century brought with them the concepts of Latin scholarship and all the other forms of learning that flourished in western Europe.

Over time, as invaders from Norway and England took over parts of the country, Irish writers tended to move away from Latin and towards their native language. 

In many countries, Irish literature is an essential part of the school curriculum. And many Irish novels, non-fiction books and plays are great read for people of all ages, including children.


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