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

The Barrytown Trilogy


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The Commitments

The Snapper

The Van


Publishing Partner: Vintage

2015 is the 10th year of the festival, and our imaginative programme will animate The Barrytown Trilogy through music, film and public readings throughout the month of April.

Barrytown trilogy film scenes

The Programme of Events includes 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. 

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Boys and Girls Come Out To Play

On 6th April Dublin’s City Hall will echoe to the sound of children playing as part of Dublin: One City One Book 2013 which celebrates James Plunkett’s classic tale Strumpet City.

James Plunkett's Papers

James Plunkett's papers are held in the Department of Manuscripts at the National Library of Ireland, Kildare St. Dublin 2. The papers contain manuscripts and typescripts of the novel featuring numerous handwritten changes and notes as well as a number of RTÉ production scripts. This material may be accessed with a Reader's ticket

Lord Mayor's Message

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise Ó Muirí This year’s choice of Strumpet City for Dublin: One City One Book is entirely appropriate as we commemorate the centenary of the Great Lockout of 1913, one of the most important events in Dublin’s history. 

James Plunkett’s masterpiece, set against the backdrop of the lockout of workers in 1913, highlights the sharp contrasts of life in Dublin in the early 20th century. Its characters, including the musical tramp Rashers Tierney and ‘whiskey-priest’ Father Giffley, have become iconic figures in Ireland’s literary landscape.

As well as being arguably the greatest Irish historical novel, it provides a literary portal through which Dubliners can explore the history of their city. It is a novel which will undoubtedly raise many discussions and I encourage you to participate in those discussions throughout the extensive One City One Book programme this April.

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Downloadable Programme of Events

As well as the programme being available in web format, you can now also download and/or print the programme of events in pdf format by selecting the link below.  Aside from containing a listing of events, it also has information about the book and author, as well as a message from the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Naoise Ó Muirí.

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Strumpet City discussed on The History Show

Strumpet City was discussed on RTÉ Radio's 'The History Show' on Sunday, 24th February. The show, hosted by Myles Dungan, included oral historian Mary Muldowney, Enda Leaney of Dublin City Public Libraries, and historian and journalist Padraig Yeates, discussing the book and the events of 1913. You can listen to the programme on the RTÉ Player (Duration: 31 mins).

One of the questions posed of the panel and people in the street was: Is Strumpet City Ireland's greatest historical novel?  What do you think?

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