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Best Irish Poems and Stories

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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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