A Literary Landscape of Ireland‏ – Irish Writers Storymap

Irish Writers Storymap

Ireland is home to quite a few of the most iconic and recognized authors, poets, writers and wordsmiths in literary history, with this island boasting multiple Booker Prize winners and Nobel laureates of literature. These legendary literary minds have come from all corners of Ireland, which has a reputation for literary greats.

Ireland has produced four Nobel laureates of literature (Seamus Heaney, Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw and W.B. Yeats) and four winners of the Booker Prize (Iris Murdoch, Roddy Doyle, John Banville and Ann Enright) – quite an impressive ratio given its relatively sparse population in comparison to other Western world countries. It has also provided a source of lasting lord of the ringsinspiration from writers of far-flung extractions; ‘Lord of the Rings’ author J. R. R. Tolkien was enlightened by the scenery of the Burren in County Clare to create the famous character Gollum. This Storymap by The Dunloe Hotel (www.thedunloe.com) is designed to take you on a journey throughout Ireland to explore the places which produced these world-famous writers and which inspired them to create the ingenious works of art which, to this day, continue to be adored by millions of readers worldwide. From Benbulben in Sligo to the Blasket Islands off the Kerry coast, from the streets of Dublin city to the evocative memories of vintage Derry, it gives an insight into the breadth of Ireland’s literacy greatness.Have some fun now and explore the map

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  1. This is an interesting post – I had fun with the map 🙂

    Hopping over from the Kid Lit Blog Hop

  2. Awesome interactive map! This is very creative on multiple levels — particularly the multimedia component and the research into Irish literary links. I really enjoyed the map and reading about the literary landscape. Hopping over from the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

  3. What a great idea! Ireland has such a rich literary history. My children loved the Lord of the Rings. We will definitely need to visit Burren.

  4. How fantastic, the Lotr fans will lap this up. Thanks for sharing with the kid lit blog hop

  5. This is really fun! We just studied Ireland in our homeschool – wish I had this then. Here’s our write up of what we learned: http://desperatehomeschoolers.com/2015/09/17/our-weeks-in-the-british-isles-and-ireland-with-winter-promise-children-around-the-world/

    Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!

  6. I had no idea so much literary talent came out of Ireland. Thanks for sharing this fun and informative post.

  7. Lucy Carson says:

    Hey this is cool, but you forgot Frank McCourt. I think a Pulitzer justifies inclusion here, and the many millions of copies sold around the world.

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