Top 6 Irish-Themed Books For St-Paddy’s Day

Get in the mood for St-Paddy’s Day with these six awesome Irish-themed books.

St Patrick’s day is just around the corner. We may usually mark this day with a trip out to a crowded and rowdy Irish pub. But this year, we’ll likely opt to celebrate from the comfort of our own homes.

Since it’s going to be safer to stay home anyway, why not indulge in some Irish literary culture by reading a classic Irish tale or two. 

Here are our top 6 recommendations for the best St-Paddy day reads to check out this year!

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The Confessions of Saint Patrick by John Skinner

As the patron saint of Ireland, St Patrick is arguably one of the most globally famous saints.

However, not much else is commonly known about his life.

The Confessions of Saint Patrick offers a fantastic insight into the life of this fascinating man who Christianized Ireland. For example, it provides an account of St Patrick when he was kidnapped by a band of 5th Century Irish pirates!  

The autobiography has been republished in a new edition updated and translated by the acclaimed John Skinner. All making it more accessible than ever before.

If you want to discover what all the fuss is about. And why we celebrate this man’s life annually. I strongly suggest you read his confessions to find out more. 

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How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill

In this fast-paced and compelling written account, Thomas Cahill outlines how Europe transitioned from the Classical Roman epoch to the Middle Ages.

Without Ireland, this revolution could never have occurred. 

Not only did Irish monks and chroniclers keep valuable records of Western civilization (in both Greek and Latin). But when continental libraries were destroyed, and many works were lost. These monks also brought their unique Irish perspective to their writing. 

As Cahill entertainingly describes in How The Irish Saved Civilization, a great deal of the vibrancy we link to medieval culture is rooted in Ireland. When European culture began to regrow, it was from Ireland that they took their seeds.

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Dubliners by James Joyce

Dubliners is a short story collection, first published in 1914. Each of the stories explores the ordinary lives of Irish people living in Joyce’s hometown of Dublin at the start of the 20th Century. 

At times witty, often melancholy, and always moving, Joyce paints a beautiful picture of the Irish daily life.

While Joyce is often celebrated for his more ambitious works like Ulysses, Dubliners is a much more accessible entry point into his work.

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Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

“Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood,” recounts Frank McCourt in his startling memoir, Angela’s Ashes

Born to Irish immigrant parents in Brooklyn during the Depression, Frank’s father is an alcoholic, and his mother has no money to feed her son. Yet, despite his father’s drunkenness and poverty, he manages to instill in Frank a love of storytelling. 

McCourt intimately narrates his tragic childhood, the poverty and cruelty he endured, yet somehow expresses optimism and gentle forgiveness.

This book may make you cry but will nonetheless lift your spirits with its sometimes comical takes on a dire situation.

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An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor

In this joyful, bucolic tale, an energetic and newly qualified doctor heads to the very rural village of Ballybucklebo in Northern Ireland.

Here he meets the cantankerous Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly and encounters, through their shared practice, a variety of colourful characters.  

An Irish Country Doctor engages from start to finish, portraying the compelling nature of the hills and dales of Northern Ireland and all the eccentric inhabitants.

With its nostalgia and romanticism. This book will make you long to visit the Irish countryside of Yore!

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Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth

This 18th-century novel paints a satirical portrait of the Irish landlords of the era.

It recounts three generations of the Rackrent family. And is widely considered the first of the famous ‘Regional Novels’.

Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth is a very entertaining read. The novel also takes on issues of class and Religion in Edgeworth’s contemporary Ireland. 

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The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen

Set in Cork during the Irish War of Independence, The Last September describes the coming of a young woman living in a nation enduring political upheaval. 

The affluent couple Sir Richard Naylor and his wife Lady Myra keep an air of superior distance between them and the political events. Yet all the while lingers the future possibility of being free of British rule.

Meanwhile, their niece, Lois Farquar, has her own ideas about freedom. And she pursues her independence while Ireland pursues hers. 

This classic of Irish Literature explores national identity, youth and feminism—a must-read for anybody interested in Irish culture. 

How To Land A Job Straight Out Of School

Looking to land a job straight out of college or university?

While there are many reasons to pursue higher education, landing a decent, good-paying job in the future is probably one of them.

After spending 4+ years investing time, money and effort into getting a degree, you don’t want to spend months struggling even to land an interview. Unfortunately, this is the reality for many new graduates.

However, there are things you can do to prepare yourself for the job market and optimize your employability, even while you’re still studying.

Here are five tips to landing a job straight out of college. 

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It’s Never Too Early To Start Building Your Resume

Once you graduate, you will be thrust into a pool of new graduates, all seeking work, often in the same industry as you. If you want to get noticed and get the job of your dreams, then you need to stand out in the crowd. 

This means you should aim to start building your resume as soon as possible. You also need to work as building one that is not only impressive but also unique.

Alongside good grades, internships and volunteer work, you’ll want to include any experience that might be relevant. And that might help you stand out from other new graduates.

If possible, see if you can add more stand-out accomplishments like a cultural exchange experience, a second language, a martial arts degree, or even a stint as a sports captain throughout your time at college, which might highlight your leadership skills.

Having a variety of accolades and experiences like these will help you catch your potential employers’ attention.

This is especially true for students taking non-vocational majors, like philosophy, literature or history of art.

While your degree is a valuable and worthwhile experience, it’s often unlikely that employers will hire you based on it alone.

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Networking

Networking is not necessarily shallow people bragging about themselves and exchanging business cards. It can be about genuine interactions and bonding between people. People who subsequently decide to collaborate and help each other out career-wise.

Just think about how many people land interviews and jobs because of a friend’s referral.

Finding opportunities to meet people and giving off a good impression of yourself (both professionally and socially) will be immensely helpful when it comes to getting a job. Especially straight out of college or university.

Therefore, it’s a good idea to look into all kinds of networking.

This includes, but is not restricted to, organized networking events where you can meet people working in your industry. As well as joining community groups, clubs, social gatherings, academic societies etc.

Show up, know your stuff and stay open-minded. You might find doors opening up that you’d never even considered.

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Start an Internship

Relevant internships will accelerate you on your career path.

Hiring personnel is expensive, and when it comes to dishing out serious salaries, employers want to be sure that a candidate is worth the investment.

Taking on interns is relatively low risk for employers, as they don’t cost much, and there is no pressure to hire them after.

However, if you can convince an employer during an internship that you can be an asset to the company. Then, you might well secure yourself a job after graduating. 

Even if you don’t land a job with the company you intern for, the work experience will prove invaluable. You can earn yourself professional references to use for future job applications. 

However, not all internships are paid, which poses a challenge for many students who rely on having an income. In this case, you can try seeking out paid opportunities or additional financial student aid to help you out. 

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Choose Your Major Wisely

Suppose your principal aim is to pay off your student debt and have a comfortable financial situation as soon as possible after school. In that case, you need to prioritize choosing a major which will ensure your employment.

The fact is that majors like Engineering, Computer Science and Nursing yield far better employment rates than, for instance, Classics or Comparative Literature. 

While you shouldn’t sacrifice the things you love, it’s still good to keep in mind that not all majors offer the same employment rates.

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Keep Your Expectations In Check

When you’re fresh out of college or university, the reality is that you’re probably not the best candidate for most positions. Especially when you’re up against experienced professionals, you might not always make the cut.

With that in mind, instead of aiming for the stars from the get-go, try pursuing more obtainable jobs with entry-level positions at first. And then, aiming higher once you’ve got some experience under your belt. 

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The Bottom Line

Being at college means you’re already on the fast-track to steady employment. Therefore, it’s best to make the most of your education and take advantage of all the opportunities presented to you.

This way, you really can’t go wrong when it comes to landing a job after your graduate.