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Ireland is steeped in literary history with all-time greats such as James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde, Patrick Kavanagh and many more. Read about these Irish writers and their lives in this section on Irish literature.
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Perhaps Ireland’s best-known and most-loved wordsmith.
Known for his legendary Irish wit and as a dramatist, and raconteur
Bright and boisterous poet Patrick Kavanagh was born to a shoemaker and small farmer in County Monaghan
Existentialist, eccentric Samuel Beckett painted masterful, esoteric plays
The son of staunch Republicans, he became enthusiastically involved in the IRA’s youth wing.
Attended Trinity College following an easing of the anti-Catholic Penal Laws.
GEORGE B. SHAW
Dramatist, critic, and intellectual George Bernard Shaw was left emotionally scarred by a Dublin childhood
Short story master Frank O’Connor was the product of a poverty-stricken, alcohol- and violence-addled home
J. M. SYNGE
J.M. Synge was perhaps the greatest dramatist of the Irish Revival
Satirist, cleric, and humanitarian, he is probably best known for
From the coming of the vikings to the 1916 rising, take a step back in time.
Join in a discussion to talk about and debate Ireland's literary greats
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