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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

Franco-Irish Literary Festival

The Franco Irish Literary Festival for April 2015 has just been announced and this year the festival will take place from Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th April.

As always there is a fantastic line up of events, all events are free of charge and will take place at either Dublin Castle or the Alliance Francaise.

The aim of the festival is to celebrate European cultural connections in Ireland and to encourage the exploration of Irish and European literature. It will show that culture can become a common European language illustrating the diversity of the countries that make up Europe as a whole, and that writers and intellectuals have a large role to play in promoting this language.

The theme of this year's festival is crime fiction.


The full programme is available to download here or you can go to www.alliance-francaise.ie

25 Apr 2015
26 Apr 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 area. 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. The flyer for the evening is available to download here and the full programme will be available in the next few weeks.

20 May 2015

Other Events


Doolin Writers' Weekend Programme

Doolin Writers' Weekend takes place at Hotel Doolin from the 27th - 29th March 2015

The third annual festival features workshops and readings by some of Ireland's leading writers, including Booker Prize nominee Donal Ryan, playwright, screenwriter and director Peter Sheridan, poet Dave Lordan, and award-winning novelist and short-story writer, Christine Dwyer Hickey.

Other contributors include singer songwriter John Spillane, Hennessy Award winning writer Madeleine D'Arcy, author Catherine Dunne, writer Anthony Glavin, and poets Stephen Murray, Eleanor Hooker and Graham Allen.

There will be readings from Donal Ryan, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Dave Lordan, workshops from Catherine Dunne, Madeleine D'Arcy, Anthony Glavin, as well as singer songwriter John Spillane, theatre with Peter Sheridan, a workshop with publishing whirlwinds Tramp Press, a photo exhibition by Hanne T. Fisker, a craft market all weekend in the Marquee and a plethora of local trad musicians, our own Dooliner Beer and some of North Clare's finest food to keep the whole thing moving. 

The Weekend also features the Doolin Poetry & Short Story Competition, which Hotel Doolin is hosting in association with Tramp Press and Salmon Poetry.

The prize fund for first place in each both competitions is €1000, while the winners will also receive a publishing consultation with Tramp Press (short story) and Salmon Poetry (poetry).

The Poetry Competition,with a closing date of Monday 2 March, will be judged by poet Jessie Lendennie, who is the founder and Managing Editor of Salmon Poetry.  Novelist and short story writer Éilís Ní Dhuibhne is this year's Short Story judge.

For terms and conditions and to download an entry form please click here

There is a weekend pass available for only €75.00 which includes 

  • Invitation to the opening night drinks reception & talk with Donal Ryan
  • Followed by an intimate gig with singer songwriter John Spillane
  • A Choice of a workshop on both Saturday & Sunday  with lunch included
  • Entry to The Writer's tent
  • Entry to Theatre club on Saturday night
Weekend Passes & Workshops can be booked with Hotel Doolin at 065-7074111 / info@hoteldoolin.ie. 

27 Mar 2015
29 Mar 2015


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