Every March, we librarians dread,
With foreboding and scratching of head,
What new Irish book
Will make patrons look?
Maybe limericks can do it instead!
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
As a child, young Frank was so poor
That anyone probably had more
His lazy, drunk dad
Spent all that they had
But left him with stories galore
In the Woods by Tana French
Detective Rob Ryan is good
But when a little girl dies in a wood
He has to, at last,
Revisit his past
And the scars of his own childhood.
Dubliners by James Joyce
This classic is wrought in short stories
Which makes it a winner for sheer ease,
But if you want more,
There is plenty in store
For a challenge, try reading Ulysses!
Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy
When four friends venture out into Dublin,
Their bond seems to be for thick or thin.
When ambition makes cracks,
They do things they’d take back
And each of them learns a great lesson.
Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
In order to save her six brothers,
Young Sorcha may speak to no other.
The magical curse,
And danger much worse,
Is the work of her evil stepmother.
A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle
Though some might consider him bad,
Boy Henry is still quite a lad.
His Ireland’s gritty
But the book is so witty
If you read it, we’re sure you’ll be glad!
Haunted Ground by Erin Hart
A head is found sunk in the peat
In a village that seems awfully sweet
Could be the head’s old
And the case has gone cold,
Or a murderer could stalk the streets.
Angela’s Ashes starring Emily Watson
The Boxer starring Daniel Day-Lewis
Circle of Friends starring Colin Firth
The Commitments starring Angeline Ball
Once starring Markéta Irglová
Water from the Well by The Chieftains
The High Kings by The High Kings
Hill of Thieves by Cara Dillon