We at The Slow Road answer to many names (wanderers, bon vivants, students of life) but first and foremost, we’re a group of dedicated travellers. We’ve put together reading lists that include those books—from novels to great guidebooks—that have really opened up our favourite regions. Of course, building a list of books about Ireland that adequately encapsulates the isle is a tall task—no other country boasts as many Nobel Laureates for literature. But many of these works capture the special qualities of the country and will provide you a deeper sense of its history and people.

Must-Read Books about Ireland

Books About Ireland


Electric Light By Seamus Heaney
This collection of poetry mentions some of our favourite places (and a few of our friends!) in western Ireland.

Books About Ireland


Connemara: A Little Gaelic Kingdom By Tim Robinson
Written by one of our friends (and an Oxford Scholar to boot!) who has lived in the small town of Roundstone for a number of years writing a stream-of-consciousness series of essays and vignettes on the Irish condition. Very well written and a joy to read.

Books About Ireland


Vanishing Ireland: Recollections of Our Changing Times By James Fennell and Turtle Bunbury
An amazing collection of stories and characters from the real Ireland. The book includes chapters about some of the Gilies, a family we know from Delphi Lodge as well as a few farmers we meet on our trips!

Books About Ireland


The Aran Islands By J.M. Synge, Introduction by Tim Robinson
A much loved turn-of-the-century account of the islands (as contrasted with mainland Ireland), drenched in the Celtic soul of the Irish.

Books About Ireland


Angela’s Ashes By Frank McCourt
The Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir of an Irish childhood spent in abject poverty in the slums of Limerick, told with enormous wit, grace and skill.

About the Author


A true world wanderer, B&R Trip Designer Tyler Dillon amassed a wealth of knowledge in his decade spent traipsing the globe. As a columnist for The Slow Road, he provides travelling tips and advice while sharing insights, anecdotes and his passion for the road.

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