The Dublin: One City, One Book Choice for April 2015 is:

The Barrytown Trilogy


Roddy DoyleRoddy Doyle


The Commitments

The Snapper

The Van


Publishing Partner: Vintage

2015 is the 10th year of the festival and there will be an imaginative programme that will animate The Barrytown Trilogy through music, film and public readings in April 2015.

Barrytown trilogy film scenes

The Programme will include a big music event in association with MusicTown Festival, author readings, film screenings, talks on Dublin humour, and Irish society in the 1980s and much more. 

Barrytown Trilogy, 3 titles

The Snapper Q&A with Colm Meaney

To celebrate Dublin: One City, One Book, St. Patrick's Festival will hold a special screening of The Snapper in The Rotunda Hospital followed by an interview with Colm Meaney, acclaimed Irish actor, who plays the character of Dessie Rabbitte and RTÉ’s John Kelly. This event will take place on Saturday 14th March at 7pm and is part of St. Patrick's festival I Love My City programme.

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Write Here, Write Now

The deadline for the Write Here, Write Now competition with Hot Press Magazine has been extended to 19th March. Full details are available at

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Barrytown meet MusicTown

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 Glen Hansard, Damien Dempsey, Angeline Ball, Peter Coonan, Aslan, The Trouble Pilgrims, Cait O'Riordan, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Paul Mercier, Nelli Conroy and many more.

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Write Here, Write Now Competition

To celebrate Dublin One City, One Book 2015, Hot Press Magazine has launched a major national writing competition entitled Write Here, Write Now. In the Barrytown trilogy Roddy Doyle created the fictional suburban of Barrytown and the aim of this writing competition is for you to create your own Barrytown in 500 words. There are two categories, one for 5th & 6th year students in Second Level schools and one for Third level students.

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