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Ireland: Reading and Viewing Before the Trip

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I like to read and watch movies about places I am planning to visit or have just visited. Latest trip to Ireland gave me more opportunity than usual to do that. To a large extent, this list depended on what was easily available (through library, friends, some purchases).
This is what I read “to prepare” for trip:
A Short History of Modern Ireland by Richard Killeen*
Nory Ryan’s Song (a middle school novel about the famine) by Patricia Reilly Giff*
In Search of Ireland’s Heroes by Carmel McCaffrey*
James Joyce (Penguin Lives) by Edna O’Brien
Fingall O’Reilly, Irish Doctor by Patrick Taylor (novel)
A Dublin Student Doctor by Patrick Taylor (novel)
Chalice of Blood: Sister Fidelma Mystery by Peter Tremayne
History of the Rain by Niall Williams (novel)
A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy (novel)
Kenny’s Choice: 101 Irish Books You Must Read by Des Kenny
Give Them Stones by Mary Beckett (novel)
Even the Dead: a Quirke mystery by Benjamin Black
The Wild Irish: Elizabeth I and the Pirate O’Malley by Robin Maxwell* (historical novel)
O Come Ye Back to Ireland: Our First Year in County Clare, a memoir by Niall Williams
Are You Somebody? The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman by Nuala O’Faolain
W.B. Yeats and His World by M. MacLimmhour (biography)
The Dubliners by James Joyce (short stories)
(Since returning, I’ve read several Peter McGarr mysteries, set in Ireland, by Bartholomew Gill. Still intend to read Angela’s Ashes!)

Movies & Television:
Ballyangel (TV series)
In the Name of the Father (movie)
James Joyce’s Nora (movie)
In Search of Ancient Ireland (PBS documentary)
The Assassination of Michael Collins (documentary)
(Intend to watch The Field, starring Richard Harris, and The Quiet Man, maybe the Amy Adams movie that was filmed on Aran Islands now that I’m back.)

Anyone else do armchair travel before the real thing? Any suggestions for what I should have read or watched? I looked through several guidebooks, too, of course, but this was more fun.

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