Although in recent times the idea would be laughable, there was a sad tradition in 20th century Ireland of Irish writers needing to go abroad to be published or accepted.
During my life in Ireland, there had been an arrogantly, unhealthy attempt to deny the importance of the Anglo-Irish contribution to Irish literature and society.
By any measurable standards, Walter Macken was a remarkable man. He was already an accomplished stage actor before professionally taking up writing.
I intentionally included James Plunkett because of his extraordinary epic novel Strumpet City. Irish writers routinely create short stories that are respected internationally, but we have fewer lengthy novels and still fewer historical novels written on a giant scale.
She was born in Dublin in 1969. Apart from being a novelist, she is also a screenwriter, literary historian, and playwright. Her 2010 novel ROOM was an international best seller and finalist for the Man Booker award. It has sold over two million copies.
Born in 1955 in Enniscorthy, Colm is probably the best know contemporary Irish writer and possibly the most complex with this wide narrative range. It’s easier to say what he does not do creatively than what he does.
I vividly remember in 1967 as an excited teenager, pushing my way through the hotel crowd in Limerick with my schoolmate Brian Nolan to get a closer glimpse at this scandalous woman.
Born in Dublin in 1962, Enright is yet another of Irish female writers challenging the world literary landscape. She deals with family relationships, love, sex, and the complex Irish past and present.
John McGahern: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jul/27/robert-mccrum-100-greatest-novels-amongst-women-john-mcgahern
William Trevor: https://lithub.com/getting-lost-in-william-trevors-private-world/
Walter Macken: https://www.newisland.ie/walter-macken
James Plankett: https://www.rte.ie/centuryireland/index.php/articles/james-plunkett-rte-and-strumpet-city
Emma Donoghue: https://www.emmadonoghue.com/
Colm Toibin: https://www.irishcentral.com/opinion/others/irish-writer-colm-toibin-cancer
Edna O’Brien: https://www.irishcentral.com/news/irish-author-edna-o-brien-metoo-movement
Anne Enright: https://www.rcwlitagency.com/authors/enright-anne/