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

Dublin: One City, One Book 2015

Date: 19th August, 2014

Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service is delighted to announce that Roddy Doyle’s The Barrytown Trilogy is the Dublin: One City One Book Choice for 2015.

Dublin City Librarian Margaret Hayes says “Dublin: One City One Book is about bringing Dublin’s literature to a wider audience. The Barrytown Trilogy is sure to help us to build on the incredible success the initiative has enjoyed. Dublin City Public Libraries will produce an imaginative festival programme which will animate the book through music, film and public readings in April 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.

Author Roddy Doyle commented:  “When I wrote the books that make up The Barrytown Trilogy  I hoped that the city would come up off the page, like a character.  When the characters spoke, Dublin spoke.  So, twenty-eight years after I started writing the novels that make up the trilogy, I'm delighted - and proud - that it will be the Dublin: One City, One Book choice for 2015.”

The choice of The Barrytown Trilogy follows another hugely successful Dublin: One City One Book festival last April. The 2014 choice, If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song, succeeded in bringing poetry to a wider audience and became one of Ireland’s best selling poetry books ever. It is already one of the most borrowed books in Dublin City Public Libraries this year.

The Dublin: One City One Book Festival has encouraged everyone to read a book connected with Dublin during the month of  April since it started in 2006. The initiative is led by Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service as part of its UNESCO City of Literature designation and is supported by theDepartment of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

For further information contact:
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277
Jane Alger, Director, Dublin City Libraries’ UNESCO City of Literature Office 087 959 0010

Impressions of Dublin 8 - An exhibition of prints and poets at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

An exhibition of illustrated broadside of poems taken from the anthology, If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth and published by Dedalus Press) opens in the gallery space in the National College of Art and Design in Thomas Street next Tuesday 21st October at 1pm.

One City, One Book: Dublin in Print

UCD has opened registration for One City, One Book: Dublin in Print. This course will run for eight weeks in February and March in Pearse Street Library, Dublin . Full course details are available at

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