I love Ireland. I even had a small Irish wedding that incorporated traditional vows and customs from Ireland. This Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day which is one of my favorite holidays. I’m making corned beef, cabbage casserole, and homemade shamrock shakes for our Irish feast. Therefore, I decided to write a post this week about Irish books, movies, and music.
Top 20 Irish Books, Movies, and Music.
1. Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts-Jude Murry leaves America and goes to Ireland to take refuge in Faerie Hill Cottage, where she studies Irish folklore. Aiden Gallagher has a vast understanding of his country’s haunting myths. By sharing about these myths with her, will they make their intense history?
2. Tears of the Moon by Nora Roberts-Brenna O’Toole has been in love with Shawn Gallagher for years and can’t understand why he doesn’t put his musical talent to good use. If Shawn gives in to the mysteries of magic, will he be able to fulfill his artistic dreams?
3. Heart of the Sea by Nora Roberts-Darcy Gallagher longs for a rich man to sweep her away. Trevor Magee is in Ardmore to build a future and uncover the mysteries of his family’s past. Despite giving up on love, Darcy gets his attention. Will they find out that their passion can indeed last forever if they believe?
4. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt-This is a fantastic memoir from a man who grew up in the slums of Limerick, Ireland.
5. The Feckin’ Book of Everything Irish by Donal O’Dea and Colin Murphy-If you are looking for Irish words and slang, massive songs, and lively recipes, this is the book for you.
Movies (with scenes of Ireland or Irish actors)
6. The Quiet Man-This movie is about a boxer who moves to Ireland to have a more peaceful life, only to find constant turmoil.
7. Far and Away-This movie stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman as a couple who travel from Ireland on the quest to build their own life.
8. Leap Year-After being together four years with no engagement in sight, Anna follows Jeremy to Ireland where it is traditional for women to propose. However, she winds up on the wrong side of the country and has to enlist the help of a handsome local to get her across the country.
9. GoldenEye-This movie features Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. Need I say more?
10. Taken-Irish actor Liam Neeson stars in these action-packed thrillers.
11. Celtic Thunder by Celtic Thunder- I have loved these guys since they first appeared and got to see them in concert.
12. Take Me Home by Celtic Thunder
13. Joshua Tree by U2-A great Irish band, enough said.
14. Whisper to the Wild Water by Maire Brennan-If you are a fan of Enya; you will enjoy this woman’s music.
15. The Book of Secrets by Loreena McKennitt-This lady is another great Irish singer.
More Irish Music
16. I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got by Sinead O’Connor-This CD features her signature song and my favorite; Nothing Compares 2 U
17. The Very Best of Enya-Another Irish singer with a beautiful voice.
18. Ultimate Collection by Daniel O’Donnell-I have always liked Daniel’s voice; I think I first heard him on an infomercial for one of his CD’s way back in the day.
19. Signed and Sealed in Blood by Dropkick Murphys-This is one of my husband’s favorite Irish bands.
20. Talk On Corners by The Corrs-This is another one of my favorite Irish bands. I consider them to be a mix of pop and rock.