Reading for the Road:
Our 5 Favourite Books
About Ireland

At The Slow Road we answer to many names (wanderers, bon vivants, students of life) but first and foremost, we’re a group of dedicated travellers.

That’s why we love compiling reading lists that include those books—from novels to memoirs, and everything in between—that have really opened up our favourite regions.

In this post we’ll round up five of our favourite books about the Emerald Isle, a country that knows a thing or two about fine writing—no other country boasts as many Nobel Laureates for literature!

Five of The Best Books About Ireland


Electric LightBooks About Ireland

By Seamus Heaney

This collection of poetry mentions some of our favourite places (and a few of our friends!) in western Ireland.

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Connemara: A Little Gaelic KingdomBooks About Ireland

By Tim Robinson

Written by one of our friends (and an Oxford Scholar to boot!) who has lived in the small town of Roundstone for a number of years writing a stream-of-consciousness series of essays and vignettes on the Irish condition. Very well written and a joy to read.

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Explore the Land
of Saints and Scholars

On our Ireland Biking trip, authenticity abounds. Grab a pint and hold on!


Vanishing Ireland: Recollections of Our Changing TimesBooks About Ireland

By James Fennell and Turtle Bunbury

An amazing collection of stories and characters from the real Ireland. The book includes chapters about some of the Gilies, a family we know from Delphi Lodge as well as a few farmers we meet on our trips!

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The Aran Islands Books About Ireland

By J.M. Synge, Introduction by Tim Robinson

A much loved turn-of-the-century account of the islands (as contrasted with mainland Ireland), drenched in the Celtic soul of the Irish.

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Angela’s AshesBooks About Ireland

By Frank McCourt

The Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir of an Irish childhood spent in abject poverty in the slums of Limerick, told with enormous wit, grace and skill.

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