20 Irish Writers on Being Irish

We’d like to interrupt your regularly scheduled St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with a few words of wisdom. Put down that green beer — you never really liked it anyway — and cozy up with these authors from the Emerald Isle that have shared poetic anecdotes on what it means to be Irish. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be glad you weren’t shamed into dressing like a leprechaun. Happy reading!

Iris Murdoch

“I think being a woman is like being Irish… Everyone says you’re important and nice, but you take second place all the time.” — Iris Murdoch

“When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.” — Edna O’Brien

“I am troubled, I’m dissatisfied, I’m Irish.” — Marianne Moore

“When I die I want to decompose in a barrel of porter and have it served in all the pubs in Dublin.” — J. P. Donleavy