I really love reading about Ireland and reading lit by Irish authors but I can't begin to explain my dislike of short stories. This has been on my shelf a long time, staring at me. Some of the stories were good, "The Dead" for instance. It was longer, though, and is also considered a novella. One of the more appropriate examples is "An Encounter"... that story was odd and creepy and alone would get 5 stars from me. Maybe that's my problem: I don't like short stories unless they're horror/dark fantasy. I tend to love Neil Gaiman's shorts, for instance.
Maybe soon I'll finally reread Ulysses and see what reaction I have to that as an adult.