Happy St. Patrick’s Day! While I hate the fratty atmosphere of the holiday here in the States, and will not be indulging in any green beer at a pretend Irish bar, thank you very much, I may listen to some Pogues, drink a pint of Guinness, reread Molloy, and let my Irish half wreak internal revenge on my English half. As you probably could guess, my favorite Irish writer is Beckett. Closely followed by Yeats and Shaw. Who’s your favorite Irish writer, poet, playwright, journalist, pen-to-paper-whatever? Throw names into the comments and then treat yourself to some shepard’s pie.
In case you feel like celebrating Irish writers today (and well you should, since we owe much of our great literature to the Irish, past and present), you couldn’t do better than check out Necessary Fiction. Wonderful Irish writer Ethel Rohan is curating a series of lovely fiction and poetry by Irish writers. A new piece is up everyday in March, so read through what’s already been posted and then bookmark the site to check up on the rest of the year.