• Mckenzie Dow

Irish Words of Comfort

My journey to Ireland began my freshman year of college when I took my first honors level elective titled "Irish Identity". Essentially the course was all about Irish history and politics through the eyes of Irish poets, authors, and playwrights. This class is what prompted to me to ask my Dad to take me to Ireland for the first time. I was completely unaware of how whimsical yet hardened Irish literature could be, and how blissful it was to read.

Today I continue to find enjoyment in Irish literature, especially having been to Ireland a few times now. Considering how up and down I've been emotionally as this big move draws near, I thought I might share some of my favorite quotes and thoughts that I find comforting and full of good vibes.

"If you have the words, there's always a chance you will find the way."

-Seamus Heaney, poet and playwright

"It's lovely to know that the world can't interfere with the inside of your head."

-Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes

"Mistakes are the portal of discovery."

-James Joyce, novelist and poet

"To love oneself is the beginning of a life long romance."

-Oscar Wilde, novelist

For anyone who hasn't read any Irish literature, I highly recommend it. Some good books to start with are A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, or Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, Seamus Heaney also has some incredible poetry that I would recommend, as does Yeats! Some more modern novels I have enjoyed include A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle and An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor.

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