Images Of Ireland

Extracts from great Irish writers

(If you have a favourite piece from an Irish writer please send it to me.)



James Joyce (1882-1941)

"Portrait of James Joyce" by Sean O'Sullivan (1935)

From The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin




Bram Stoker (1847-1912)


I was afraid to raise my eyelids, but looked out and saw perfectly under the lashes. The girl was on her knees and bent over me, simply gloating. There was a deliberate voluptuousness which was both thrilling and repulsive, and as she arched her neck she actually licked her lips like an animal, till I could see in the moonlight the moisture shining on the scarlet lips and on the red tongue as it lapped the white sharp teeth. Lower and lower went her head as the lips went below the range of my mouth and chin and seemed about to fasten on my throat. Then she paused, and I could hear the churning sound of her tongue as it licked her teeth and lips, and could feel the hot breath on my neck. Then the skin of my throat began to tingle as one's flesh does when the hand that is to tickle it approaches nearer - nearer. I could feel the soft, shivering touch of the lips on the supersensitive skin of my throat, and the hard dents of two sharp teeth, just touching, pausing there. I closed my eyes in a languorous ecstasy and waited - waited with beating heart.



Joseph Tomelty 1911- :)

"All Souls Night"



Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)






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