The Land of Saints and Scholars-

And poets, and harpers, and fiddlers, and dancers, and moviemakers, and–


Vampires? Yes, vampires! Did you know that Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, was Irish? You can find his book on display at the library. And that’s not all! Here are a few more Irish classics to celebrate with.


Lord Dunsany’s fantasies influenced many great writers, among them Ursula Le Guin and possibly even Lewis and Tolkien. Speaking of Lewis-

Lewis Faces

Did you know he was Irish? Yes, this great modern mythmaker was born in Belfast, and he considered himself an Irishman. Many (including Lewis himself) think Till We Have Faces is his finest novel. But we’ve got great music and movies as well as great books. For example:

In Ireland

If you love Irish folk music, you’ll absolutely love this CD! The great flutist, James Galway, teams up with one of the great Irish folk groups. But we’ve also got this one:


They’re world-famous now, but in 1980 they were just four boys from Dublin’s north side. If you don’t know their early music, you can find some of it here.

And then there are the movies. This touching family story is very relevant today:

In America

Told by the oldest daughter, an aspiring filmmaker, In America shows us the lives of a hard-working immigrant family trying to make their way in New York City during the 1980s.


Evelyn takes us back to Dublin of the 1950s, where a young father must fight to keep his children from an orphanage after his wife dies.


These are just a few of  the items we have by Irish artists and writers. We’ve got plenty more! Take home some Irish books or music or movies from the library this weekend! Oh, and–

St Patrick's Day







Author: maryj59

A librarian and writer from New England.

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