Better go down upon your marrow-bones
And scrub a kitchen pavement, or break stones
Like an old pauper, in all kinds of weather;
For to articulate sweet sounds together
Is to work harder than all these, and yet
Be thought an idler by the noisy set
Of bankers, schoolmasters, and clergymen
The martyrs call the world.
—W. B. Yeats
from "Adam's Curse"
On this St. Patrick’s Day, let us toast all the great Irish writers who have enriched our literature: James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Sean O’Casey, John Millington Synge, Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw, C.S. Lewis, Lady Gregory, Oliver Goldsmith, Bram Stoker, Elizabeth Bowen, Roddy Doyle, William Trevor, Frank O’Connor, Jonathan Swift, William Butler Yeats, Edna O’Brien, Frank McCourt, Seamus Heaney, John Banville, Anne Enright, Colum McCann and the list goes on.
And let us not forget the writers, journalists, playwrights and screenwriters of Irish descent: Pete Hamill, Mary Gordon, Michael Harrington, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Terrence McNally, Cormac McCarthy and the list goes on and on and on.