Ireland -- fiction

History of the Rain by Niall Williams

History of the Rain by Niall Williams
It rains in a lot in Ireland, so its people’s stories are steeped in water. In History of the Rain, the Swain family strives to live up to the ”Impossible Standard” set by their great-grandfather, but they are always falling short—oftentimes tragically, sometimes humorously.

Fiona’s Luck by Teresa Bateman, Illustrated by Kelly Murphy

Fiona’s Luck by Teresa Bateman, Illustrated by Kelly Murphy

Once, luck was as free to be had in Ireland as sunlight, and just as plentiful.  It filled the air, and anyone could grab a handful of it as the need arose. This was largely due to the leprechauns, for they made luck like cows made milk.

Just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day—and Irish-American Heritage Month—comes Fiona’s Luck, a delightful picture book that lyrically tells the story of how the extra luck came into Ireland with the leprechauns and was lost again from us “big folk” when the leprechaun king decided to hoard it all away in his castle.

St. Patrick's Day Shillelagh

By Janet Nolan

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A family retells the story of the shillelagh that was whittled from a tree. During the Irish potato famine, Fergus and his family left for America. But first Fergus cut a branch from a blackthorn tree to take a piece of Ireland with him.
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Leprechaun in Late Winter

By Mary Pope Osborne

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Jack and Annie are on their third mission to find (and inspire!) creative people to bring happiness to others through the arts (Mozart and Louis Armstrong so far). Set in Ireland, Jack and Annie meet an Irish girl and go on a magical adventure that changes the girl's life--she grows up to be Lady Gregory, who helped bring back the Irish legends, started a theater, and helped the Irish people regain both their heritage and their pride.
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Finn McCool and the Great Fish

By Eve Bunting

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Irish giant Finn McCool is told that in order to become wise he must catch and eat the salmon that possesses knowledge, but Finn finds that he cannot bring himself to kill the miraculous fish.
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The All of It

By Jeannette Haien

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"As a frustrated Father Declan de Loughry fishes for salmon in inclement Irish weather, he mulls over the events of the previous days. Four days ago, while performing the last rites on a dying husband, he learned that the couple was never married.. ."
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The Ground She Walks Upon

By Meagan McKinney

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Destined to marry the woman chosen for him by a magical cross, British Lord Trevallyan challenges fate by marrying another, only to have his life torn apart by tragedy, until he meets the beautiful Ravenna.

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Circle of Friends

By Maeve Binchy

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Set in Ireland, this is the story of three girls who were friends when growing up and are reunited in college. The central figure is Benny, a big girl with big dreams, who sets her cap for the brightest and handsomest boy on campus.

The 1995 film adaptation stars Chris O'Donnell, Colin Firth, Minnie Driver.

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Angel Light: An Old-Fashioned Love Story

By Andrew M. Greeley

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Raphaella, a very modern angel, gives Toby a passport and a plane ticket to Ireland, in order to assist in his plans to meet his beautiful Irish cousin, Sara. Raphaella also gives Toby the encouragement and good humor he'll need on his quest for a living grail--the beautiful, mysterious and troubled Sara, whom he must marry within the month, while solving an ancient mystery and avoiding thug, in order to claim his inheritance.
Based on the Old Testament's Book of Tobias.
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The Van

By Roddy Doyle

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"Jimmy Rabbitte Sr. is unemployed, spending his days alone and miserable. When his best friend, Bimbo, also gets laid off, they keep busy by being miserable together. Things seem to look up when they buy a decrepit fish-and-chip van and go into business, selling cheap grub to the drunk and the hungry--and keeping one step ahead of the environmental health officers. Set during the heady days of Ireland's brief, euphoric truimphs in the 1990 World cup, The Van is a tender and hilarious tale of male friendship and family life."
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