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Dublin: One City, One Book 2015

Roddy Doyle’s The Barrytown Trilogy is the Dublin: One City One Book Choice for 2015. The Barrytown Trilogy, published by Vintage, brings Roddy Doyle’s three acclaimed novels featuring the unforgettable Rabbitte family together in one volume.

  • The Commitments (1987) charts the rise (and even more rapid fall) of Jimmy Rabbitte's soul band and their bid for stardom in 1980s Dublin.
  • The Snapper (1990) centres on the speculation around Sharon Rabbitte’s pregnancy and
  • The Van (1991) follows Jimmy Rabbitte Senior and his pal Bimbo as they attempt to cash in on Ireland’s legendary adventures at the 1990 World Cup.

Festival events will be posted on the Dublin: One City, One Book website  www.dublinonecityonebook.ie and the programme will be available from all Dublin City Libraries from March.


On Sunday 12th April Barrytown meets MusicTown will take place in Vicar Street Dublin as part of the Dublin: One City, One Book and MusicTown festivals. This musical and literary celebration of The Barrytown Trilogy will feature Imelda May, Colm Meaney, Glen Hansard, Aidan Gillen Angeline Ball, Ger Ryan, Damien Dempsey, Peter Coonan, Aslan, The Trouble Pilgrims, Cait O'Riordan, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Paul Mercier, Nelli Conroy and many more. Tickets are €30 (plus service charge) and are available from www.ticketmaster.ie. This is a joint Dublin City Libraries, One City, One Book / MusicTown event supported by Dublintown. The night is being curated by Roddy Doyle and  Aoife Woodlock (Other Voices Music Producer) and all door profits will go to Fighting Words.


01 Apr 2015
30 Apr 2015

International Literature Festival Dublin 2015
Dublin City

The International Literature Festival Dublin, founded in 1998, is Ireland’s premier literary event and gathers the finest writers in the world to debate, provoke, delight and enthral. With readings, discussions, debates,workshops, performance and screenings, the festival creates a hotbed of ideas. Whether it’s the mix poets, writers of fiction and non-fiction, lyricists, playwrights and screenwriters, International Literature Festival Dublin brings new faces and house-hold names together in ways that suprise and inspire. Children’s fiction is well represented and we are spoilt for choice with the calibre of Irish language writers. 

The Office of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature is delighted to be associated with the festival this year as our Words on the Street - European Literature Night event is included in their programme.

A full list of all the amazing events on offer during the festival is available here and any other details you may need are available at www.ilfdublin.com

16 May 2015
24 May 2015

Words on the Street - European Literature Night
Dublin 1

Sample the best of contemporary European Literature writing on the 20th May as works from 12 countries are read by Irish celebrities in 12 unusual veneus around the Parnell Square/North Great George's Street area. 

Best selling author Alexander McCall Smith will be reading from some of his books in the Abbey Presbyterian Church (Findlater's Church) while translated texts will be read by the following celebrities and many more around the square and adjoining streets: Mary McEvoy in Club na Múinteoirí, Aidan Power in Belvedere House, Rick O'Shea in the James Joyce Centre and Síle Seoige  will be reading a piece of Danish literature which has been translated into Irish in the Irish Writers Museum.

The first reading at each venue is at 6:30pm and each reading is repeated every 30 minutes. The final reading is at 8:30pm. Download the full programme or flyer today or pick up a copy of the printed programme from any Dublin City Library from the 11th May.

20 May 2015


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