Announcing Reading Ireland Month!


It’s that time again! March is coming, my favourite month in my blogging calendar, because it’s Reading Ireland Month – will you be joining us?


Ah, gwan, ya will!

Wherever they went the Irish brought with them their books, many unseen in Europe for centuries and tied to their waists as signs of triumph, just as Irish heroes had once tied to their waists their enemies’ heads. Where they went they brought their love of learning and their skills in bookmaking. In the bays and valleys of their exile, they re-established literacy and breathed new life into the exhausted literary culture of Europe. And that is how the Irish saved civilization.

Thomas Cahill

By now you’ll know that Ireland is about so much more than shamrocks, St. Patrick and leprechauns. For a country the same size as South Carolina, it packs a hefty cultural punch. Ireland has produced four Nobel Prize winners; five Booker Prize winners; some world dominating musicians; a host of Oscar winners (and another nominated for this year’s awards) and a leading action hero from Ballymena.

We have the best pint in the world and the most stunning coastline – you could even say it’s in a galaxy far, far away.

Last year we hosted a whopping 130 posts on all things relating to Irish culture. Books, food, travel, movies, theatre and favourite bookshops – your enthusiasm was boundless and so was your reading.

So this year we hope to be bigger and better.

To celebrate the wealth and breadth and general awesomeness of Irish cultural life, 746 Books and Raging Fluff are co-hosting a month long celebration of all things Irish.

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Reading Ireland Month (or The Begorrathon as it is affectionately known) will feature book and film reviews, poems, music, interviews, giveaways and much, much more. This year I’ll be looking at female Irish Crime Writers, celebrating World Poetry Day with some new Irish Poets and compiling a list of 100 Novels by Irish Woman Writers.

We’d love for you to join us!

To be Irish is to know that in the end the world will break your heart.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Grab our new badge and put it in your sidebar and get planning your Ireland themed reading or viewing. Like our Facebook page here and then between 1 and 31 March, post as much as you like about any aspect of Irish literature and culture – anything at all!

Read this year’s One City One Book choice Echoland by Joe Joyce. Post your wheaten bread recipe. Make a list of your favourite Irish books or movies. Eat a packet of Tayto crisps. Read a book by a female writer from Northern Ireland to support Women Aloud NI.

Ireland more last

Watch Game of Thrones and marvel at our countryside. Read some of last year’s award winning new fiction from Mike McCormick (Solar Bones) and Lisa McInerney (The Glorious Heresies). If you’re feeling brave, read Ulysses. Dress up as Mrs Doyle from Father Ted and take a selfie, whatever it is we don’t mind!


As an added incentive, everyone who posts during Reading Ireland Month will be entered into a draw to win a copy of the beautiful Irish literary journal The Winter Pages, edited by Kevin Barry.

We’re not big on rules so the ones we have are pretty straightforward:

  • Put a link to your post on our Facebook page and we’ll be sure to share it
  • Link to our master post on either of our blogs: FOR POSTS ABOUT POETS, PLAYWRIGHTS and AUTHORS, link back to Cathy at 746 Books
  • FOR POSTS ABOUT FILMS, MUSIC, TV or ANYTHING ELSE, link back to Niall at Raging Fluff
  • Watch our Reading Ireland Month trailer to give you some ideas for what to watch, read, eat or drink
  • Join the craic on Facebook
  • Check out the list of 100 Irish Novels on 746 Books blog in case you need some help choosing a book
  • Don’t forget to tweet about your post using the hashtags #readireland17 or #begorrathon17

We can’t wait to hear what you are planning. Have you any books or movies lined up? Any new authors or old favourites you might visit during March?

It’s going to be some craic….


More than loud acclaim,

I love Books, silence, thought, my alcove.

Pangur Bán Poem by Anon Irish Monk, Translated by Seamus Heaney

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I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!

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  1. This sounds like so much fun! I won’t have much time for reading in March, but I’ll try to join in. At a minimum, I will definitely follow along. I am not as familiar with Irish literature as I would like to be.

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  2. I haven’t as much Irish stuff sitting on my TBR as last year, but hopefully I’ll be able to shove one novel in at least, and maybe some short stories… I do have a copy of the new, not-yet-released Colm Toibin!!! Here’s to a great Begorrathon! 😀

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  3. Yes! I’ve been waiting to see this announcement all February 😀 March will be a crazy busy month for me, but I just cannot pass this by! I will aim for 2-3 books and a couple of films, but since life is unpredictable we’ll see how it goes 😉

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  4. Congrats on the success of The Begorrathon!! I love Ireland, and I have read some Irish literature, though not much. I am trying to find a Maeve Brennan here in Spain but she’s not that well-known (more’s the pity as I’ve only read wonderful things about her here!). I certainly join as soon as I find a Brennan, but if you have any other recommendations of similar authors, I’m all ears, Cathy!

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  5. Hooray! I’m so excited! I picked my books months ago and have started scheduling reviews. While I was working, I started to worry: “What if there’s no Reading Ireland Month this year?” I’m not used to running ahead of schedule. Lol. Thank you so much for hosting! 😀

    (I’m reading The Gathering by Anne Enright right now and loving it!)

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      • I don’t think anyone has ever said that to me before! Lol.

        I’m trying to blog regularly this year and have been working ahead as much as possible. I’ve thought about having theme months or putting my reviews in order by subject, but haven’t found a good way to do it. So I’ve been looking forward to March since it already has a theme. 😀

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  6. I’ve got a stack from the library to read through first (and not an Irish author in the lot!) but I hope to shift to my own shelves sometime in March to join in!

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  7. I’ve a few blog tours, as well as the Aye Write! festival in Glasgow, but do count me in – whenever I get a spare couple of days, I’ll make sure it’s an Irish author I pick – probably crime fiction, of course! Although I do have two Lisa McInerneys I rather fancy!

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  8. I had my laptop back in time to start the challenge tomorrow. Yayyy!!!

    I’ll hav eto run, I know, since I haven’t prepared anythign yet. And I won’t have all the pics I shared last year about my Irish holiday (maybe next year?) but I’ll do my best to honor Ireland and her people 🙂

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  9. I probably won’t get many Irish authors read in March (RIM coincides with the Stella Prize in Australia, which celebrates female Australian authors) however, I did kick March off with Emma Donoghue’s The Wonder (enjoying it very much so far and I can’t help but compare it to Hannah Kent’s The Good People…).

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