It’s Reading Ireland Month 2022!

It’s 1 March so time to join me for this, the EIGHTH annual Reading Ireland Month as I celebrate all that is good about Irish books and culture, in the company of my partner in begorrah – Raging Fluff!

It won’t be any fun without you, so grab the pin and add the link to your blog posts in the comments below, or tag me in you post.  This post will be pinned to the top of my blog for the whole of March and I’ll add your posts as we go along.

This year, I have introduced some fun weekly prompts of you’d like to join in!


Start the month with a simple one – what are your Top Five favourite Irish novels, writers, films, musicians, plays, poems, albums…anything you fancy!


Have you read or reviewed any Irish literature over the past year? Share your highlights, tell us about your favourite book by an Irish author last year, or a book you were looking forward to but didn’t get round to reading.


The Irish can be a sneaky lot – are there any writers you thought were Irish but turned out not to be, or alternatively, are there any writers you didn’t even realise were Irish? Share your favourites, or the most surprising, during this week.


After a month of Irish-related posts, is there anything that has caught your eye? In a month full of amazing Irish books, which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book! 

There will be giveaways throughout the month and you can join in the conversation on the Begorrathon Facebook  page or on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtags #readingirelandmonth22 or #begorrathon22


My Top Five Irish…Movies! – Cathy at 746 Books

The Dublin Railway Mystery by Thomas Morris – Cathy at 746 Books

My Top Five Irish…Novels – Fatma at The Book Place

My Top Five Irish…YA Novels – Alex Dunne Writes on Instagram

Modern Times by Cathy Sweeney – Kim at Reading Matters

These Days by Lucy Caldwell – Adrian at Bookshelf Discovery

Abelard and Heloise by Helen Waddell – Nancy at Nancy Elin

These Days by Lucy Caldwell – Cathy at What Cathy Read Next

Dance Move by Wendy Erskine – Susan at A Life in Books

My Top Five Irish-Canadian Writers by Laura at Reading in Bed

These Days by Lucy Caldwell – Jackie at Never Imitate

The Raptures by Jan Carson – Fatma at The Book Place

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis – Chris at Calmgrove

These Days by Lucy Caldwell – Emma Jane McEvoy on Instagram

My Top Five Irish…Actors! – Nancy at Nancy Elin

Women and Love by Miriam Burke – Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings

Books by Irish Authors: What I’ve Read So far – A Bag Full of Books

My Top Five Irish…Fiction and Non-Fiction Books! – Claire at Word by Word

Six Degrees of Separation: The Irish Edition – Cathy at 746 Books

Shining City by Conor McPherson – Nancy at Nancy Elin

Favourite Irish Reads – Hopewell’s Library of Life

Chasing Time by Thomas Reilly – Virginia at Rosepoint Publishing

These Days by Lucy Caldwell – Jaqui at Jacqui’s Wine Journal

The Last Resort by Jan Carson – Claire at Word by Word

Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent – Dolce Bellezza

The Dear Departed by Brian Moore – Ali at Heaven Ali

Theatre & Ireland by Lionel Pilkington – Nancy Elin

The Statement by Brian Moore – Hopewell’s Library of Life

My Top Five Irish…Authors – Annabookbel

Good Behaviour and Loving and Giving by Molly Keane – Madame Bibilophile Recommends

My Favourite Books by Irish Women Writers – Jacqui at JacquiWine’s Journal

Wild Irish Rose by Rhys Bowen & Claire Broyles – Rosepoint Publishing

Still Life by Ciaran Carson – Nancy Elin

Saltwater in the Blood by Easkey Britton – Claire at Word by Word

Young Farmers by Jan Carson – Jackie at Never Imitate

Murder at Greysbridge by Andrea Carter – Fictionophile

Patrick Kavanagh by Antoinette Quinn – Nancy Elin

The Crossing by Ashby Jones – Sarah at The Old Shelter

My Year in Irish Lit – Alex Dunne on Instagram

Second Chance by Mike Faricy – Virginina at Rosepoint Publishing

The Sunken Road by Ciarán McMenamin – Helen at She Reads Novels

Elegy for April by Benjamin Black – Kim at Reading Matters

The Nothing Man by Catherine Howard – Lynne at Fictionophile

Lost Graves by S.A. Dunphy – Lynne at Fictionophile

Bring Her Home by S.A. Dunphy – Lynne at Fictionophile

My Year in Irish Lit – Annabookbel

Frank O’Connor Stories – Nancy Elin

Short Stack of Suggestions for Reading Ireland Month – Virgina at Rosepoint Publishing

Dance Move and Homesickness: Short Stories from Wendy Erskine and Colin Barrett – Cathy at 746 Books

Panenka by Ronan Hession – Lizzy at Lizzy Sidall

The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan – Constance at Staircase Wit

Favourite Irish Women Writers – Lisa at ANZ LitLovers

Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan (audiobook) – Virginia at Rosepoint Publishing

Five Favourite Irish Authors – Karen at Booker Talk

Irish or not Irish? – Cathy at 746 Books

A Crooked Tree by Una Mannion – Róisín at The Resting Willow

Some Irish Books on my TBR – Fatma at The Book Place

I Am Mary Dunne by Brian Moore -Madame Bibi lophile Recommends

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde – Nancy Elin

Sweet Home by Wendy Erskine – Imogen is Reading and Watching the World

An interview with James Doyle of Turnpike Books for Reading Ireland Month – Cathy at 746 Books

Irish or Not Irish? – Alex Dunne Writes on Instagram

The China Factory by Mary Costello – Claire at Word by Word

My Year in Irish Lit – Claire at Word By Word

Pilgrims and Proselytisers:Lives of the Saint,
The Voyage of St Brendan
– Chris at Calmgrove

Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann – Virginia at Rosepoint Publishing

An interview with historical fiction writer Ashby Jones – Sarah at The Old Shelter

The Murder Rule by Dervla McTiernan – Virginia at Rosepoint Publishing

On Blueberry Hill by Sebastian Barry – Nancy Elin

Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan – Smithereens

My favourite Irish books and authors for St Patrick’s Day – Julia and Julia’s Books

Seventeen Irish authors for St Patrick’s Day – Reads, Eats, Explores on Instagram

Things in Jars by Jess Kid – Lara Maynard on Instagram

The Law of Innocence by Michael Connolly – Virginia at Rosepoint Publishing

Life Sentences by Billy O’Callaghan – Kim at Reading Matters

Dance Move by Wendy Erskine – Katy at What Katy Thought Next

Fools of Fortune by William Trevor – Ali at Heaven Ali

My Year in Irish Lit – Karen at Booker Talk

The Humours of Bandon by Margaret McAuliffe – Nancy Elin

Night Boat to Tangier and All We Shall Know – Madame Bibio Lophile Recommends

Other People’s Worlds by William Trevor – Jacqui at Jacqui Wine’s Journal

An Irish Wife by Deborah Lincoln – Lynne at Fictionophile

Thin Places by Kerri ní Dochartaigh – Claire at Word by Word

The Children of Dynmouth by William Trevor – Cathy at 746 Books

Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan – Hopewell’s Library of Life

Books I’ve added to my Wishlist during Reading Ireland Month ’22 – Susana at A Bag Full of Stories

Watermelon by Marian Keyes – Tracy at Bitter Tea and Mystery

A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne – Virginia at Rosepoint Publishing

The Springs of Affection by Maeve Brennan – Ali at HeavenAli

Portia Coughlan by Marina Carr – Nancy Elin

Rejuvenation by Byddi Lee – Adrian at Bookshelf Discovery

New To My TBR! – Cathy at 746 Books

The Passenger – Claire at Word By Word

The Statement by Brian Moore – Claire at Word by Word

The Magician by Colm Toibin – Lara Maynard on Instagram

Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan – Lara Maynard on Instagram

Walking with Ghosts by Gabriel Byrne – Virginia at Rosepoint Publishing

The Magician by Colm Toibin – Lizzy Siddall

Trespasses by Louise Kennedy – Adrian at Bookshelf Discovery

Night Boat to Tangiers by Kevin Barry – Virginia at Rosepoint Publishing

One by One in the Darkness by Deirdre Madden – Susanna at A Bag Full of Books

Four Letters of Love by Niall Williams – Brona at This Reading Life

The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney – The Book Place on Instagram

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney – Lara Maynard on Instagram

Reapers of Justice by Anne Freehill – Sarah at The Old Shelter

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney – Roisin at The Resting Willow

Snow by John Banville – Karen at Booker Talk

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry – Julia at Julia’s Books

Erskine, O’Farrell, Quinn and Toibin – Rebecca at Bookish Beck

Good Behaviour by Molly Keane – Rosemary at Scones and Chaise Longues

Reading Ireland Month Favourites – Market Garden Reader

Ulysses by James Joyce – The Classics Club

Ireland Month Irish Literature

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73 Comments Leave a comment

  1. I just finished Lucy Caldwell’s These Days. I had reservations about the book as a whole, but I thought her writing was stunning! Also so nice to read a WWII Home Front novel NOT set in London.


  2. I’ve got two books on hold from the library, and I don’t know which one I’ll read this month for Reading Ireland Month. Liz Nugent’s Lying in Wait and Brian Moore’s The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne. Either way I think I’ve got good choices!


  3. Shockingly, I had forgotten all about this. I love reading Ireland month so will try and dig something out after my current read. I have also just read some Brian Moore short stories which I will be reviewing soon.

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  4. Oh fabulous! Dusting off my unread Brain Moore’s and the novels I acquired after last year’s Reading Ireland (3 Mary Costello’s) and a couple of nonfiction titles. So glad I picked up on this early, for some reason I don’t see your posts in my WordPress Reader, so I’ve tried to resolve that by getting notifications (something generally I shy away from). I like the weekly themes too, will have a go since I read quite a lot of Irish Lit last year and hope to keep it up this year too.


  5. Cathy, I have a review for Reading Ireland and I cannot leave a link to my post in the comments.
    This is TracyK at Bitter Tea and Mystery. I reviewed Watermelon by Marian Keyes. The post was posted yesterday, March 31, 2022.
    I hope you will able to include it in your Week 4 Roundup.


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