| The Island Ireland directory for Irish literature contains hand-picked links will take you to resources on Irish
writing of all kinds, Irish poetry, useful academic organisations and
|RESOURCES FOR IRISH LITERATURE
|The Princess Grace Irish Library (Monaco) provides an A-Z Dataset
with comprehensive biographical & bibliographical information on
4,500 Irish writers, along with extracts from their works and
commentaries. Once you have reached a given author, you can browse
through seven possible types of information (Life, Works, Criticism,
Commentary, References, Quotations & Notes). The database also
includes similar material on Irish serial publications and journals of
all periods. A tremendous academic resource...
|Columbia University's Bartleby.com includes information and online works J.M. Synge, Padraic Colum, W. B. Yeats, Oscar Wilde, G. B.Shaw, and Oliver Goldsmith.
|The International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures
was founded in 1969 to promote the teaching and study of Irish
literature in third-level education throughout the world, and to
facilitate contact between scholars researching Irish literature. Of
special note is information on their yearly scholarly conferences, a
very good online newsletter, and an extensive list of links to further
resources on literary topics and Irish studies.
|The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Yeats in 1923, Shaw in 1925, Beckett in 1969 and Heaney in 1995. Visit the Nobel site for their biographies, acceptance speeches, and more.
is a collection of online text documents related to Irish literature,
history and politics. The texts can be searched, read on-screen,
downloaded, and printed out. From 'The Annals of the Four Masters' to writings by Oscar Wilde, this University College Cork project is a wonderful resource.
|READING IRISH LITERATURE
|On Reading Ancient Literature:The Text and the Context
is an interesting essay by Michael Sundermeier that discusses the
importance of cultural context and background in reading Irish
|WHERE IS YEATS BURIED?
|Literary figures tend to have interesting graves. The intriguing Findagrave.com is a collection of photos of the graves of all sorts of famous individuals... See the final resting places of Brendan Behan, Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce and many others.
|ESPECIALLY FOR IRISH WRITERS
|Find out about upcoming workshops on all sorts of writing at The Irish Writers' Centre.
Details of upcoming readings too, and a list of literary journals,
links, information on competitions and an online newsletter.
|Read new writing in issues of the Electric Acorn at the Dublin Writer's Workshop site.
is the place to go to find out about poetry readings, festivals,
writing courses and new publications. There's also information on a
rather intriguing service whereby tentatively established poets can
send a selection of their work along to be evaluated, an advice section
for those just starting out, and details on the Great Book of Ireland
project of 1991. A very good resource.
|Specially designed to help young people understand and enjoy Irish poetry, the Study Ireland: Poetry
site from BBC Northern Ireland presents twelve poems by Irish authors
(Seamus Heaney, Ciaran Carson, Elaine Gaston, Michael Longley, Medbh
McGuckian, Eilish Martin, Paul Muldoon.) Audio files, suggestions for
literary discussion, and comments from the poets themselves.
|Maureen O'Brien is an enthusiastic exponent of Medieval Irish poetry who maintains a site featuring poetry in Irish with English translations.
|IRISH WOMEN WRITERS
|Mary Mark Ockerbloom is collecting links to Internet resources on Irish women authors. The list of names she's complied is a useful resource, in and of itself...
|ONLINE TEXT DOCUMENTS
issue of copyright laws and the Internet is complicated. There are many
sites where you can read online versions of Yeats poems or Shaw
plays... but for the most part I am not including such sites
individually. You may want to check the following for the works of
is an extensive anthology of Celtic poetry originally published in
1896, and updated in 1932. Mary Ann Dobratz has made it available
online... works range from Saint Columba through Douglas Hyde and
|Sonnets from Ireland features many lesser-known poets. Some would, I believe, be almost downright obscure...
|INTERVIEWS & REVIEWS
|The Irish Book Review is
an exciting new journal which focuses on high quality reviews of the
best books published in Ireland and abroad. Reviewers for The Irish
Book Review include leading journalists, academics, authors and others
who provide their own lively interpretation and expert opinion on some
of the key titles recently released.
|The New York Times
Books Section provides excellent book reviews, excerpts, forums, audio
specials and more. You'll need to register the first time you visit the
site, but it only takes a moment, and then you'll have access to their
|The Atlantic Monthly is full of interesting literary articles, reviews and audio. You can search their archives to see what might be available...
|'Authors on the Web' provides an Irish Author Roundtable
interview with Liam Clancy, Eoin Colfer, Marita Conlon-McKenna, Máire
B. de Paor, Maureen Dezell, Emma Donoghue, Randy Lee Eickhoff, Andrew
M. Greeley, Mary E. Lyons, Morgan Llywelyn, Regina McBride, Malachy
McCourt, Jamie O'Neill, Martin Roper, and Niall Williams...
|GEORGIAN ERA IRISH LITERATURE
|Julia M. Wright provides a bibliography of Irish literature from 1789-1840
|Members of the English department at The University of California, Santa Barbara, maintain an excellent web resource, The Samuel Beckett Endpage.
It includes information on the Samuel Beckett Society, biographical
material and photos, details on conferences, links, current and
upcoming productions, bibliographies, etc. In short, a really
|The Samuel Beckett On-Line Resources and Links Page is an interesting and extensive hodgepodge, well worth visiting if you want to do some serious Beckett browsing.
|The Samuel Beckett Lecture Hall
is an online bulletin board 'devoted to all contemplations, musings,
and queries concerning Samuel Beckett.' For academics and the well-read.
|Visit The New York Times on the Web to read their review of 'Samuel Beckett: The Last Modernist'
by Anthony Cronin. You will need to register at their site, but it only
takes a moment, then you should be able to continue directly to this
article. You'll also find links to a whole range of other interesting
articles and play reviews from their archives, and a RealAudio clip of
Billie Whitelaw describing what it was like to work with Beckett.
|Information and links for contemporary poet Eavan Boland can be found at the Academy of American Poets. A RealAudio version of her reading 'That the Science of Cartography is Limited' is available at the W. W. Norton site. Have a listen.
|The New York Times on the Web provides a September 1999 Roddy Doyle audio special
in their Books Section... 52 minutes of RealAudio which includes
readings from 'A Star Called Henry' and an interesting question and
answer session. (You'll need to register the first time you use the
site, but it only takes a moment.)
|Here's a university site that looks at Dancing at Lughnasa... themes and ideas for papers, Friel biography, pictures from the film, bibliography and more...
|The New York Times has a Seamus Heaney audio special
which includes a collection of book reviews, articles and an audio
clip. You'll need to register the first time you use the site, but it
only takes a few seconds, then you should be able to continue on to
|PBS correspondent Elizabeth Farnsworth interviews author Seamus Heaney about his book, Beowolf, on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer (March 28, 2000).
|An embarrassment of Joycean riches is available on the web. In fact, it's all a bit overwhelming. Where to start? The Brazen Head: a James Joyce Public House would be an excellent choice if you have a bit of time. A creative, inviting site with a very comfortable feel.
|The James Joyce Centre on North Great George's Street in Dublin is run by members of the Joyce family...
|Brandon Kershner's Portrait page is a great supplement to A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. It provides a good Joyce biography and lots of notes and criticism.
|The James Joyce Summer School at University College Dublin...
|The Patrick Kavanagh Centre
in Inniskeen, County Monaghan, provides a very interesting website
which includes information on the poet, the new community literary
resource centre devoted to his work, a virtual local tour of Kavanagh
places and more. Nicely done.
|You'll need to register at the site, but the New York Times on the Web provides a September 1999 Frank McCourt audio special
which includes introductions and readings from both Angela's Ashes and
'Tis, as well as an audience question and answer session. Once you
register you should be able to continue on directly to this article...
|US television networks PBS and C-Span provide online transcripts of their interviews with Frank... some include RealAudio too.
• PBS: Elizabeth Farnsworth interview April 7, 1997
• PBS: Terence Smith interview 17 March, 1999
|Tom and Evelyn Moore, who run an Irish B & B, have provided an online tour of The Limerick of Angela's Ashes.
has been said that growing up in Ireland one learns sin from the
priests, Latin from the nuns, and passion from Edna O'Brien...' So
begins an interesting April 2000 interview with O'Brien in Atlantic Unbound.
|FLANN O'BRIEN / MYLES NA GCOPALEEN
|Witty, satirical Brian O'Nolan (Flann O'Brien) went by various names... here are excerpts of his work and some relevant articles.
|Eric Mader provides Flann O'Brien: A Biographical Introduction.
|Here's the 'Unofficial Liam O'Flaherty Homepage' which includes a brief biography, chronology of his life, and some excerpts from his novels and stories.
|Achill247.com is a site with pages devoted to the arts and culture of the west of Ireland: Ernie O'Malley (1916 rebel).
|GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
|Cary M. Mazer, University of Pennsylvania, provides an interesting biography of G. Bernard Shaw (it says he hated "George' and never used it.)
people don't realize the author of Dracula was Irish! Elizabeth Miller
(Department of English, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada)
maintains Dracula's Homepage,
(hope that keeps her on his good side!) which provides information on
Bram Stoker; the novel Dracula; the historical Dracula; the vampire in
folklore, fiction, film, popular culture, and lots more.
|Every classic piece of literature should have a site as nice as Gulliver's Travels.
Lee Jaffe has created a wonderful resource which includes the full text
with amplifying links, a timeline, dictionary, collection of Swift
quotes, all sorts of relevant illustrations, and more. Another example
of what can happen when intelligence and enthusiasm get together on the
web. Highly recommended.
|JOHN MILLINGTON SYNGE
|Achill247.com is a site with pages devoted to the arts and culture of the west of Ireland: J. M. Synge (Irish dramatist).
|ColmToibin.com provides lots of interviews, biographical information, writing excerpts and discussion...
is unusual and interesting. Carefully selected bits of text from
primary sources such as letters and transcripts are combined with
appropriate images to lead us one page at a time through Oscar's life
and times. A personal trail of artefacts which creates a sort of online
window into Oscar's life...
|In 1985 Niall Williams and Christine Breen moved from New York to a small cottage in the west of Ireland. Their popular book O Come Ye Back to Ireland was the story of their first year's adventures, and they've been living there and writing ever since...
|W. B. YEATS
|An online exhibition Yeats: The Life & Works of William Butler Yeats at the National Library of Ireland...
|The Yeats Society Sligo
provides a poetry tour of Yeats' Sligo, information on their popular
summer and winter schools, and background information on the poet, the
poems and the Society.|