So, in the 1890's one Garrett Nolan left his green, green isle and traveled west to this land of ours. He was my great-grandfather. I think that makes me 1/4 Irish. But, isn't that silly? I've never been to Ireland and I have barely been out of this valley of Lehigh.
Be that as it may, today we celebrate all the Irish immigrants who made this land their home AND we celebrate the British Roman citizen who loved Ireland, St. Patrick. He was wise enough to describe Christianity in the terms of Celtic mythology making the two belief systems compatible. Or so I have been led to believe.
When I think of Ireland and books about the same, I think immediately of Kate Thompson's The New Policeman. Fantasy and lots of mythology and the theft of time and the loss of magic. I only read the first book and no I find that there are 2 more. I am so happy to add those to my list of books to read.
Before Maryrose Wood wrote her famous series about the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, she also wrote a series about the daughter of The Queen of the fairies. The stories take place in Ireland where the teen has gone for a summer bike trip and falls head over heels for the tour guide. She also discovers her legacy and a brother, who may or may not be a pooka. The first book in the trilogy is Why I Let my Hair Grow Out. These books are a fun romp through the Celtic pantheon.
And, of course, Hibernian Nights, by Seamus MacManus, belongs on any list of books about Ireland. This collection of Irish tales is stupendous and fun.
May your day be fun of green, sunshine and peace.
May your blessings flow over and troubles decrease!