W.B. Yeats, despite being a Dubliner, maintained close links to the County of Sligo in the west of Ireland. His mother's family was from this part of Ireland and as a boy he spent many summer holidays there. The love for the country never left him and is reflected in his poetry.
For a brilliant introduction to Irish Literature I highly recommend this book.
Editor Colm Toibin introduces past and present Irish writers with skill. Despite the depth of coverage however, not all Irish writers are covered. This is just a selection to get you started. Enjoy!
St. Patrick's Day is so good that in 2003 Dubliners are going to celebrate for a full week! The St Patrick's Festival will run from the 11th - 17th March with lots of free entertainment for all to enjoy. Experience street theatre, fireworks, music, exhibitions and even a treasure hunt.
More information can be found here:
St Patricks Festival 2003