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Best Irish Poems and Stories


Some of the greatest works in world literature came from the heart of Ireland. Discover these short(er) works by the best Irish writers in literary history.

1. A Legend of Knockmany

"A Legend of Knockmany" is a famous folktale from Ireland. In the story, the Irish hero, Finn MacCool, and his clever wife, Oonagh, defeat the brutish giant, Cuchullain, once and for all.

2. Araby - James Joyce

"Araby" is one of the most famous Irish short stories, part of James Joyce's Dubliners short story collection.

3. Blackberry Picking - Seamus Heaney

"Blackberry Picking" is a poem by Irish writer, Seamus Heaney. The poem appears in Opened Ground: Selected Poems 1966-1996. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1995.

5. Good Country People - Flannery O'Connor

"Good Country People" is a short story by Flannery O'Connor (published in 1955 in her short story collection A Good Man is Hard to Find). Religious themes were often prominent in her works.

8. The Happy Prince - by Oscar Wilde

The Happy Prince
Illustration by Walter Crane, from 'The Happy Prince and Other Tales'
"The Happy Prince" is a short story by Oscar Wilde. It's about a swallow and a statue (depicting the former "happy prince"). The swallow is inspired to selfless acts.

10. The Second Coming - William Butler Yeats

"The Second Coming" is a famous apocalyptic poem by William Butler Yeats.

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