4 Writers More Irish Than a Pint of Guinness

4 Writers More Irish Than a Pint of Guinness

Lá Fhéile Pádraig libh go léir! (law ay-la paw-drig liv guh lair). For those of you that don’t know, that’s Gaeilge (or, Irish) for Happy St. Patrick’s Day! While this year’s festivities are very unlike those that have come before, the day remains a celebration of all things Irish. Given Ireland’s rich literary history, the country has produced some incredible authors, four of which I’m about to divulge. I’m focusing on contemporary writers today, since I should hope we are all already familiar with the elite Joyce, Yeats, and Beckett gang.   via GIPHY   1. sally rooney image via …

Feminist Dystopia ‘Last Ones Alive’ Is Getting a Film Adaptation!

Feminist Dystopia ‘Last Ones Alive’ Is Getting a Film Adaptation!

The film rights to Sarah Davis-Goff’s dystopian novel Last Ones Left Alive have been acquired by Irish production company Treasure Entertainment, which means we’re getting a film adaptation on the way! Image Via Goodreads Last Ones Left Alive oscillates between a young Orpen training as a child on her peaceful island-home of Slanbeg and Orpen as an adult traveling towards the mysterious Phoenix City. Add in a four-legged companion and her wounded, wheelbarrow-bound guardian and you have a harrowing journey made all the more despite, and thus dramatic.   Image Via Irish Times The Times writes that “[Sarah Davis-Goff] sees it as a wasteful dismissal of ‘the …

‘Game of Thrones’ Tourism Makes Ireland €58 Million!

‘Game of Thrones’ Tourism Makes Ireland €58 Million!

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We have learned the startling news: Game of Thrones fans traveled from far and wide to Ireland to visit the show’s shooting locations, bringing in €58 million, equivalent to a startling $65,305,100.   Image Via Belfast Telegraph Straight from The Irish Times, we have learned that Game of Thrones fans made up of about 350,000 visitors, which is one in every six out-of-state tourists. John McGrillen, chief executive of Tourism NI is quoted as saying: “It has been a phenomenal success and it has been fantastic for Northern Ireland to be associated with this worldwide success over the past ten years. It has been …

Book by Author Who Raised €135K for Cancer Before Her Death Goes to #1

Book by Author Who Raised €135K for Cancer Before Her Death Goes to #1

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Skyrocketing to the number one spot on the Irish bestseller fiction list just three days after its release on February 28th, Emma Hannigan’s The Gift of Friends was sadly, published posthumously.   The Gift of Friends is, according to the blurb,  “a life-affirming, uplifting story that celebrates the strength and joys of female friendship across generations”.   As we watch the novel jump into the hands of many readers, we are reminded of the author’s final days. “All good things must come to an end. The time that I knew was borrowed must be given back soon, so it seems,” author Emma Hannigan …

Garry Hynes’ ‘Waiting for Godot’ Will Play at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival

Garry Hynes’ ‘Waiting for Godot’ Will Play at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival

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Let’s go! We can’t Why not? We’re waiting for Godot. Ah, yes.   This is the repetitive dialogue between Vladimir and Estragon in Irish playwright Sameul Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. The story revolves around two men standing by a tree waiting for a character named Godot (the pronunciation is God-oh). While waiting, the duo talks about many absurd issues, arguing and reconciling, and figuring out games to fill in the time. The absence of this unknown being creates an agitated atmosphere.   Since the script was published in 1952, Waiting for Godot has been put on stage ceaselessly. Now, the Garry Hynes-directed …