Michaeline: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

A darling boy dressed as a leprechaun with a top hat, knee breeches and buckled shoes

St. Patrick’s Day is almost always on March 17, and it’s a great way to celebrate your story-telling! (Image via the Graphics Fairy)

Today is another special day for writers: St. Patrick’s Day! The Irish are well known for producing excellent writers who touch the heart and the funny bone. One of my favorites is Oscar Wilde. And romance readers will surely recognize Maeve Binchy’s name! Here are some other authors you can check out on Claddagh Design blog.

Irish folktales provide a lot of fodder for people who like their stories with a little supernatural twist. There are the frightening stories of the banshee, who predict death with their wails, or a wide assortment of seductive creatures (you can find some of them here on Private Island Party blog) such as selkies and Gancanagh (a beautiful, toxic man whose sweat is full of addicting aphrodisiacs).

You probably remember that one of my characters is Thomas O’Malley, a leprechaun who passes as a person of small stature. He borrows some of the newer traits attributed to leprechauns, but I found (in the Irish Mirror, so they would know, LOL!) that the leprechauns were not originally from Ireland, but rather, came from an underwater kingdom in the mid-Atlantic. How they evolved into rainbow-sheltering cobblers is just a testament to how we can take old stories and twist them to suit our needs. Continue reading

Elizabeth: Writer’s Tears

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Whiskey for Serious Writers?

Ireland has a rich literary history that stretches back to 800 A.D. to the Book of Kells, one of the most beautifully illuminated manuscripts in the world. The city of Dublin, which is very proud of its own literary heritage, was designated a City of Literature by UNESCO in 2010, joining previous designees Edinburgh, Scotland, Melbourne, Australia, and Iowa City, Iowa.

The Visit Dublin tourism site has a whole page dedicated to Literary Dublin tours and attractions.  For those with literary inclinations there is the James Joyce Center, Oscar Wilde’s house, the birthplaces of Bram Stoker and George Bernard Shaw, and statues of James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, and Oliver Goldsmith scattered throughout the city. All men, I couldn’t help but notice. Continue reading