Irish Writers


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Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) is one of the greatest names in Irish literature. Of his full name, Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie...

James Joyce

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James Joyce (1882-1941) is a famous Irish novelist and poet. Considered an emblematic figure of twentieth-century Irish literature, James...

George Bernard Shaw

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George Bernard Shaw (1926-1950) is one of the major writers of Irish literature. Perceived as one of the country’s...

Jonathan Swift

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Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) is a 17th century Irish writer, well known for his humorous writings. His satires and pamphlets...

Robert McLiam Wilson

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Eureka Street is his best novel, and Robert McLiam Wilson is described as a true writing prodigy… Robert McLiam...

Frank McCourt

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Frank McCourt is an American-Irish writer and teacher famous for his work “Angela’s Ashes”, an autobiographical account of his...

Roddy Doyle

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Roddy Doyle is a contemporary Irish writer born in May 1958 in Dublin. A novelist, his works have always...

Cecelia Ahern

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Cecelia Ahern is an Irish novelist, daughter of former Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Bertie Ahern. Considered a rising star...

Samuel Beckett

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Samuel Beckett is one of the greatest Irish writers of the 20th century. An excellent playwright, and winner of...

William Butler Yeats

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All lovers of Irish literature will tell you: William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) is one of the great poets who...

Bram Stoker

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Abraham Stoker, known as Bram Stoker, is a renowned Irish writer, known throughout the world for his work Dracula....

Colum McCann

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Colum McCann is an Irish journalist and writer with a passion for writing and journalism. His work, which is...


What to expect?

Did you know that? Irish literature includes some of the greatest works from around the world. Ireland has been home to some of the greatest names in literature, celebrated the world over for their talent, and their universal works… both past and present.

Ireland and its writers

A literary heritage recognized throughout the world

They include Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett… Irish writers who have made their mark on literature.

They have been able to pay tribute to Ireland, their country or their region. Like James Joyce with Dublin, or William Butler Yeats with County Sligo, who found their inspiration in the authenticity of the Irish country, its nature and culture.

Ireland is still particularly proud to have such a heritage. As long as the country regularly devotes museums and exhibitions (temporary and permanent) to Irish writers, tracing their lives, work and talent.

They are also taught in Ireland’s major universities, where their texts are analysed, dissected, savoured and glorified in all their beauty.