Reading Ireland Month – Sin uile folks!*

*That’s all Folks!

So there we have it. Another Reading Ireland Month/ Begorrathon is over and what a great month it was!


With over 130 blog posts, an array of writers, poets, musicians and movies were explored. I read and reviewed 20 books by Irish authors, reduced the 746 by 10 and discovered many, many more writers I would love to read!

You can still check out, or add to, the link up here which has gathered together all your fantastic posts.

As usual, I ran out of time and didn’t get to read everything I had planned. I also ran out of time to post about Lisa McInerney’s fabulous The Glorious Heresies and the wonderful Irish documentary The Queen of Ireland.

The ones that got away….


But you know, my kids had to eat and I had to sleep so I squeezed in what I could! Next year could someone make March just a few days longer?!


Congratulations to the winners of my giveaways:

Annabel at Annabel’s House of Books won the signed copy of Gull by Glenn Patterson

Fiction Fan won a copy of The Long Gaze Back and The Visitor by Maeve Brennan

Madame Bibilophile won a copy of Fallen by Lia Mills

There will be one final giveaway of a subscription to Irish literary journal The Stinging Fly which will be open to everyone who contributed a Reading Ireland Month post and I will make the draw next week once all posts have been added.

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Highlights of the month for me were the response to my post about the criminally under read Maeve Brennan, seeing your choices for the month and getting into a Twitter chat with Lia Mills about my slowly decreasing TBR!

The main highlight though was all the fantastic enthusiasm and support I received from the blogosphere. Thanks to everyone who took part, from the blog posts to the retweets, you have all been supportive and joined in the fun.

Thanks to Niall at The Fluff is Raging for co-hosting this year’s celebration with me. Remember The Begorrathon Facebook page celebrates Irish literature and culture all year round, so do give us a follow.

For now though, it’s back to normality here at 746books. I’ll keep working away at that TBR and I am looking forward to planning my books for the 20 Books of Summer Challenge.

As usual in the week after Reading Ireland Month, I question whether or not I will do it again, but I’m sure Reading Ireland Month will return in some shape or form. I’ve even been debating whether or not there would be any interest out there for a Ulysses Readalong?

Look at that monster!


Am I mad? Most likely….

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  1. Thanks so much for being the hostess with the mostest, Cathy! I thoroughly enjoyed reading reviews of books familiar to me, being introduced to some new gems along the way, and even sticking my oar in with a review post of my own, too. Now you fully deserve to put your feet up and reflect on a job well done Don’t get too comfy though – a ‘Ulysses’ readalong, you say? Count me in! 🙂

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  2. Are you mad? Maybe, but the rest of us probably are, too. 🙂
    Well done this month, Cathy! I think I’ve already said something similar, but your industriousness in March (and likely leading up to it) astounds me. It was a lot of fun to join in, but also to read everyone else’s posts. Thanks for hosting!

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  3. I will try my very best to get that post for Esme Lennox written in the next few days, though I probably won’t manage to write about Elizabeth Bowen’s To the North. Please, please, please do another Reading Ireland Month. I have so many new Irish books on my TBR pile now. I might even consider reading Ulysses with you in return. 😉 (Alas, I understand that kids have to eat, so no pressure…)

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  4. Thanks for a great event, Cathy – no arm twisting, but I’ll be waiting for the announcement of next year’s!

    However, there is not enough chocolate in the world to bribe me into a Ulysses readalong… 😉

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  5. Cathy, thank you for hosting Reading Ireland. If not for you, I wouldn’t have read ‘The Story of Lucy Gault’ which I adored. I am already keeping a list of books that I can read for next Reading Ireland. So, I hope it is going to go on forever. 🙂

    PS: You are not mad. You are awesome. 🙂

    PPS: ‘Ulysses’ seems daunting. But it has to be conquered. 😉

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  6. Well done on hosting another excellent month of Reading Ireland, Cathy. I’m sorry I didn’t join in this year, but it’s been great to see all the reviews flying around the web over the past few weeks. You must be very pleased with the amount of interest it’s generated. Time for a well-earned rest now. 🙂

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