St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite times of the year. Everyone always seems to be in such a good mood and everything is so bright green. There are leprechauns, pots of gold and rainbows. But there is so much more to this Irish tradition than those three things. I have rounded up a collection of 5 great Irish Non-Fiction books for you to enjoy.
5 Irish Non-Fiction Books for St. Patrick’s Day
St Patrick’s Day – Gail Gibbons
In St. Patrick’s Day by Gail Gibbons, she not only tells the story of St. Patrick’s life but also how it is celebrated. There are decorations from shamrocks to shillelaghs. People give cards, share meals, and wear green to honor Ireland, the Emerald Isle. And there are parades!
For the Cause of Liberty: A Thousand Years of Ireland’s Heroes by Terry Golway
For the Cause of Liberty: A Thousand Years of Ireland’s Heroes by Terry Golway is all about Ireland’s struggle for freedom that reaches back much further into the annals of history than most of us can even imagine. It tells the stories of these heroes — including both men and women, Catholics and Protestants — who enabled the Irish to free themselves from the yoke of colonial oppression.
Heroic Landscapes: Irish Myth and Legend by Rod O’Donoghue
Heroic Landscapes: Irish Myth and Legend – Rod O’Donoghue is a book all about giving a coherent account of the different strands and eras of Irish myth – how the kaleidoscope of stories fit together – and to present them in a way that is accessible to the general reader and Rod O’Donoghue does just that, beautifully.
The Green Fool by Patrick Kavanagh
The Green Fool by Patrick Kavanagh is an unsentimental and evocative account of his Irish rural upbringing that describes a patriarchal society surviving on the edge of poverty, sustained by the land and an insatiable love of gossip. There are tales of schoolboy skirmishes, blackberrying, and night-time salmon-poaching; of country weddings and fairs, of political banditry and religious pilgrimages; and of farm work in the fields and kicking mares.
A History of Ireland in 250 Episodes by Jonathan Bardon
A History of Ireland in 250 Episodes by Jonathan Bardon covers all the obvious things: the invasions, battles, development of towns and cities, the Reformation, the Georgian era, the Famine, rebellions and resistance, the difference of Ulster, partition, the twentieth century. What makes his book so valuable, however, are the quirky subjects he chooses to illustrate how history really works: the great winter freeze of 1740 and the famine that followed; crime and dueling; an emigrant voyage; evictions. These episodes get behind the historical headlines to give a glimpse of past realities that might otherwise be lost to view.
What is your favorite part of St. Patrick’s Day? Do you have a favorite Irish book? Share it with me in the comments!!
For more St. Patrick’s Day entertainment, visit a few of my favorite bloggers:
- Books About Irish Hauntings You Need to Read by In Our Spare Time
- Fun Movies to Watch for St. Patricks Day by philZENdia
- St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt by Food Fun Family
- Great Movies Set in Ireland by How Was Your Day?
- St. Patrick’s Day Books for Toddlers by Mom on the Side
- How to Plan an AMAZING Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Party by OurFamilyWorld
- 5 Beautiful Adult Celtic Coloring Books by Pretty Opinionated
- Printable St. Patrick’s Day Word Search by MommaDJane
- Movies that Induce Irish Catholic Guilt by The Guavalicious Life
- Get Your Irish on With These Bands by Day by Day In Our World