Announcing Reading Ireland Month 2021!

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

Ah, gwan, ya will!

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time you’ll know that I never stop banging on about Ireland and its hefty cultural punch. Four Nobel Prize winners; six Booker Prize winners, including Anna Burns’ wonderful win for Milkman; some world dominating musicians, the best pint in the world and a host of Oscar winners.

Last year I hosted over 100 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, even when Covid hit halfway through and life changed for all of us.

To celebrate the wealth and breadth and general awesomeness of Irish cultural life, I will be hosting the fifth annual celebration of all things Irish, in the company of my partner in crime, Niall of The Fluff is Raging.

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.

I’d love for you to join me!

Grab my new badge and get planning your Ireland themed reading or viewing. Like the 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 Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession. Post your wheaten bread recipe. Rewatch Derry Girls. Make a list of your favourite Irish books or movies. You could even watch the now infamous Wild Mountain Thyme, if you felt up to it…

This year, once again, I am theming my posts – you can join in with this schedule if you like, but if you don’t, don’t worry! My reading and reviews will be grouped as follows:

1st – 7th March – Contemporary Irish Novels

8th– 14th March – Classic Irish Novels

15th – 21st March – Irish Short Story Collections

22nd – 28th March – Irish Non-Fiction

I’ll be hosting a giveaway each week and rounding up the posts of everyone taking part.

If you need some inspiration, check out my list of 100 Irish Novels and 100 Novels by Irish Women Writers and don’t forget to link up your post to the Linky that will be available on my pinned Master Post from 1st March.

This year I’ll be tweeting using the hashtags #readingirelandmonth21 or #begorrathon21

Anyone planning on joining in?

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  1. This sounds fantastic! I’ve watched Derry Girls three times now – really hope they’re making a new series! I’d love to join in this with some posts with books by the many fantastic Irish middle-grade authors if that’s ok . ☘️

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  2. I am going to participate in my own way Cathy. My goal will be to read four books by Irish authors or set in Ireland. If I can do more that would be gravy. I always look forward to your posts teaching us about Ireland and it’s culture.

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  3. I have seen this event for several years and not participated, but this year I am ready. I will read at least one Irish book, and more if I can, and I will make a list for further reading.


  4. I’ll be participating this year, Cathy, after taking last year off due to… well everything, ha ha! I will be reading Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey (that I won on your blog, thanks again!) I have been meaning to watch Derry Girls and just haven’t made time for it, so I will try to do so in March.


  5. Ah, sadly I have nothing on the TBR this year which is very sad. I will look for everyone’s posts with interest, though, of course, and wish the project very well. If it makes it any better, I also have nothing for Australia Reading Month, though I can do Dewithon this year, which I missed last year! Best of luck with it all!

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  6. I thought I might have to skip this year because I am so over-committed for March (plus it’s Wales reading month so I have to be patriotic)
    But I’ve just finished Leonard and The Hungry Paul – it’s the book club choice and we don’t meet to discuss it until Feb 28 so I can easily delay posting my review until March. Delighted to find a solution!!!


  7. I am going to be way busy in March – including somehow starting a new job on the 1st in the midst of covid lockdown here in Newfoundland [thanks UK virus variant] and serving as a judge for a local book award so I have a nonfiction longlist to read for that – but neither love, the devil nor the weather will stop me from getting my Beggorathon fix this year! I already have some novels and a cookbook put aside for it. Might even give Wild Mountain Thyme (I sing the title in my head every time I think on it or read it and then the song is stuck with me for hours) a go. Plus you have Connell there saying I ought to, and who among us could stand to break that poor boy’s heart?

    Will ye go, lassie, go?

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  8. I’d love to join in Cathy! I have the final book in a brilliant MG trilogy; The Storm Keeper’s Battle by Catherine Doyle and this month’s choice for one of my book clubs; A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle which I am looking forward to re-reading. I look forward to reading everyone’s posts and adding some more books to my TBR list 💚📚

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