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Initial post: May 31, 2010 10:50:34 AM PDT
J. Paris says:
i LOVED the movie "leap year"!! can anyone recommend a good love story set in ireland??

Posted on May 31, 2010 10:24:57 PM PDT
Go back in time and view "The Quiet Man" with John Wayne (of all people!) and also "Ryan's Daugther." I'm sure there are new ones, but they escape me. I'll check out Leap Year though.

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 6:34:25 AM PDT
Hi J.,

You might enjoy Recycled Souls (2nd Edition) in Kindle or Recycled Souls in Paperback.

Leap Year was a nice movie, I enjoyed it thoroughly as well.


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2010 11:00:39 AM PDT
J. ,

I've just published A Piece of My Heart, which is set in Ireland. It's a contemporary romance. You can read an the full first chapter on my website,

If you read it, I'd love to hear what you think.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2010 11:01:58 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 1, 2010 11:02:43 AM PDT

If you like Irish films, see Ondine. It's Colin Farrell's new one, which was filmed in West Cork, and written and directed by Neil Jordan. It was recently released in Ireland so if you haven't seen ads where you are, keep your eyes open.

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 12:44:31 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 10, 2010 12:47:03 PM PDT
janebbooks says:
Well, I don't read too much romance but I do read Irish mysteries.

I read most of Andrew Greeley's Irish mysteries IRISH GOLD, IRISH LACE, IRISH WHISKEY. The stories begin when an Irish American from Chicago named Dermot Coyne goes to Dublin to try to discover why his maternal grandparents fled Ireland during the troubles of 1922. There's a hint that they stole Michael Collins gold! Anyhow, Dermot meets a beautiful Irish singer named Nuala Anne McGrail.

But the most fascinating Irish mysteries I've read lately are the Quirke mysteries by Benjamin Black that take place in 1950's Dublin which is very similar to the Dublin I first visited in 1986. I just finished ELEGY FOR APRIL and wrote a 5-star review on Amazon:

by janebbooks (Jacksonville, FL)
A review of a review for: Elegy for April: A Novel by Benjamin Black
For optimum reading pleasure, please read Benjamin Black's CHRISTINE FALLS and THE SILVER SWAN, the earlier Quirke mysteries, and save ELEGY FOR APRIL for dessert!!

To the reviewer who found the book DEAR AND DIRTY...BUT DRAB, I disagree. The prose, atmosphere and characterizations were so literate and fascinating. The best Quirke yet!
Banville/Blackman knows his main subject well---1950's Dublin. And he has his characters walking the streets of this quaint city in a country that inspired several Nobel Laureates before Temple Bar heated up and the Celtic Tiger bared his fang!

Who can resist the young circle of friends concerned about April Latimer's disappearance? The beautiful stage actress Isabel, the crime reporter Jimmy and his crinkly plastic raincoat, Patrick the Nigerian "hunk of dusty manhood," and darling Phoebe, "quaint and adorably straitlaced"?

And, Jay, it's not the "dear and dirty" and paralyzed Dublin of James Joyce's ULYSSES, even though the author borrows the adjectives. And no, it's not quite a mystery "like Guiness--dark and Irish" as Rocky Mountain News blurbs on the jacket. It's like a splash of Jameson in a cut-glass tumbler, a chintz-covered sofa, a lacquered box of fat stubby Turkish cigarettes, or sitting in a large and elegant house in Dun Laoghaire looking across the bay at Howth Head.

Very satisfying! A rattle of skeleton bones in an Irish closet!

A special treat for the audio reader: Timothy Dalton, the first Irish James Bond. Dalton's voice will lend much to the subtle conversations between Quirke and Isabel. My favorite line by Quirke whispered in a hotel lobby before an impromptu lunch:
"Why don't you open your coat...and let me see your fairy costume."

Posted on Jun 23, 2010 12:15:54 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 23, 2010 12:16:52 PM PDT
For books, check out the erotic romance "Irish Kiss". It's not set in Ireland, but the theme is still distinctly "Irish".
Irish Kiss

Another great romantic film (set in Ireland" is "Ryan's Daughter".

Ryan's Daughter (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Posted on Jul 3, 2010 10:48:14 AM PDT
Callie Cappy says:
My newest release, The Wild Irish Sea is set in County Donegal, and my first book, The Wild Sight is set in Northern Ireland. They are both romantic suspense with a touch of paranormal.

I hope you enjoy them.

My favorite movie filmed in Ireland is The Secret of Roan Inish, which partly inspired me to write The Wild Irish Sea.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2010 6:29:10 PM PDT
Kat says:
Ohhh...The Secet of Roan Inish inspired you to write The Wild Irish Sea? Does your novel have selkies in it? I love the legend of the selkie and read all I can about it.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2010 2:06:32 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 12, 2010 2:07:46 AM PDT
janebbooks says:
Kat and others,

Have you read the Irish trilogy of books featuring an Irish archeologist and an American pathologist? Erin Hart's latest book is False Mermaid deals with, among other mysteries, the disappearance of a fisherman's wife in Donegal, who is thought to have been a selkie.
Read my review at the book site.
You will also enjoy Hart's LAKE OF SORROWS and HAUNTED GROUNDS.

Posted on Aug 13, 2010 8:44:54 PM PDT
Kat says:
Thanks for the head's up on False Mermaid. I've seen that book but didn't realize it had to do with selkies. I'll definitely read it even though I didn't like Haunted Grounds all that much. I should have, considering what it's about, but for some reason it didn't click with me. Thanks again!

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 9:31:26 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 23, 2010 2:06:49 PM PDT
C. Hall says:
Since I haven't seen Leap Year yet,I have only two "The Quiet Man" and "The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns" with Randy Quaid and Orla Brady, Oh and I totally love the series Ballykissangel.(which I watched on DVD) The Romance between Peter and Assumpta was too die for!

The Silver Sword (The Heirs of Cahira O'Connor #1) by Angela Elwell Hunt

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 6:49:05 AM PDT
If you enjoy a rollicking, period, family romance set in Mayo and N. Galway, then read The Red Gate (2009) and the sequel, The Gatekeepers, due out at the end of the month.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 6:04:41 PM PDT
LouLou says:
The Nora Roberts "Born In" trilogy is set in Ireland, and centers around two sisters, one a bed and breakfast owner, one a glass artist, and their half sister, an ad executive from NYC. Born in Fire, Born in Ice, Born in Shame, all good enough that I've read them several times. Also, her Ardmore(?) trilogy, about a family that owns a pub, Gallaghers, with oldest brother Aidan, brother Sean and sister Darcy is quite good.

Posted on Sep 17, 2010 1:15:39 PM PDT
Mimi Smith says:
I don't see my FAVorite Irish Romantic comedy here- the very wonderful Hear My Song!!!!

( form the early 90's..) It has it all, buddy movie, road trip movie, musical, and of course wonderful romance!!! : Check it out!! Next in line is Ondine, with Colin Farrell, who is so vulnerable & tender in this film it totally turned my 'image' of him on its head.


Posted on Oct 2, 2010 8:33:58 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 2, 2010 8:35:35 AM PDT
Love2Read says:
The Haunting Series, Haunting Beauty (Haunting Series) and Haunting Warrior (Haunting Series) are paranormal books set in Ireland. The third in the series comes out in April, Haunting Desire (Haunting Series)

Posted on Oct 2, 2010 11:52:29 AM PDT
Kiri says:
Patrick Taylor writes a series set near Belfast in the 1960's; the first one is "Irish Country Doctor". Although there is some romance, it mostly paints a very accurate and charming picture (acccording to my mum) of typical village life in Northern Ireland.

Posted on Oct 4, 2010 6:56:11 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 4, 2010 6:57:41 PM PDT
E. Breen says:
Have you read Carla Neggars trilogy, set in Boston and Ireland, THE ANGEL, THE MIST and THE WHISPER? They are romantic suspense, and blend romance with Irish mysteries, and Boston cops and Irish mystical elements. The connections among the people in Boston and the people in Ireland weave the characters and the plot together very well. Having been to the west coast of Ireland, and being a "police brat" who is 99.99% Irish, these novels fascinated me and make me want to go back.


In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2011 5:15:28 AM PST
Tooncesmom says:
I read and reviewed The Whisperer. Didn't find it too authentic.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 5:21:01 AM PST
Tooncesmom says:
Irish romances? I have a new book out as of yesterday - In Love and War. Set in Ireland, about an Irish dairy farmer with a Republican past. I blogged about it yesterday on ( There's a excerpt there and on Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2011 10:20:26 AM PST
check out matchmaker with dennis leary and jean garaofalo. excellant!

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 1:38:24 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 4, 2011 1:42:39 PM PST
Maggie Ben says:
I just read a book by Lesley Hager called Coincidence. It is set in Ireland. It's a love story about an American woman and an Irish man.Coincidence

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2011 5:06:58 PM PDT
My own story on kindle, chasing dragons begins in donegal and ends in WWI france, but the flavour of donegal shines through to the end.
check it out, a romantic novel with a healthy mix of travel and intrigue. it's a comforting distraction from the woes of the real world.
My favourite Irish movie has to be the field, what a performance by Harris...Passion!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2011 5:30:36 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 26, 2011 5:31:31 PM PDT
E. Breen says:
I thought it was authentic, as I've been to Ireland 2X and also come from along line of NY cops-- who are very much like Boston cops. I've been trying to find berry crumble in Ireland, but it is always sold out. The west coast of Ireland is very much as she described it, and used it in her setting.

Is your book in print or an ebook?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2011 5:32:56 PM PDT
E. Breen says:
I just rewatched Leap Year, set in Ireland, and loved it. Even if the hero is actually a Brit actor :)
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