Favorite Novels Set in Ireland

There are so many good novels set in Ireland or written by Irish authors! Of course, I love all of the Irish faerie lore, the tales of the Sidhe and Tuatha De Danaan. I’m one of many writers whose work derives from these old stories.

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I’m making a list of some of my favorite Irish novels:

1. The Sevenwaters Series but Juliet Marillier. These historical fantasy stories mainly take place in ancient Ireland. This is one of my favorite series ever!

2. The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey. I read this debut novel sometime last year, and I look forward to more from this author! The Yellow House depicts the politics in Northern Ireland during the early 20th century. The protagonist, Eileen O’Neill, is very likable, and I’ll admit that this is one of those novels that made me shed a few tears. An aside: I’m sure many of you already know this, but this novel taught me that St. Patrick’s Day was originally a religious holiday when people abstained from alcohol instead celebrating by having a pint…or a dozen!

3. The Hunter’s Moon by O.R. Melling. This is a contemporary faerie story that revisits the old myths in a captivating, frightening and sometimes humorous manner.

4. The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde. Love the story; love the author. Wilde had his flaws, but who can compete with his witticisms ? I don’t think he was the most patriotic individual though, claiming, “”Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.”

What are your favorite Irish reads?