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.”


Strumpet City Image Gallery


"Strumpet City is one of the great Dublin novels. Focusing on the 1913 Lock-Out, its panoramic scope extends from the docks and slums of inner-city Dublin to the bourgeois domiciles of Kingstown. These images from the Dublin City Council Photographic Collection show the city as it was over fifty years later. Although the harrowing conditions Plunkett wrote about had largely vanished, the ‘glorified kip of a city’ he described remained recognisable throughout the twentieth century". SEE original post on library blog.

Right: The Gasometer, Sir John Rogerson's Quay, 1980s (click to see larger image)

View the full Image Gallery.

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Inis Fáil - Isle of Destiny

On Wednesday 17th April at 7pm the IFI will screen Inis Fáil - Isle of Destiny which shows Strumpet City's author James Plunkett presenting a general portrait of Ireland for the BBC. This will be followed by Look Up and Live Ireland in Transition, a five-minute extract showing an interview with James Plunkett commenting on the suppression of writers by the Catholic Church.

Bestsellers' List

Dublin: One City, One Book choice for 2013 Strumpet City has returned to the top of the bestsellers' list

Music events for Dublin: One City, One Book

The Contemporary Music Centre presents Musical Tales 2013 – two concerts in Dublin City Libraries as part of One City One Book – featuring Royal Irish Academy of Music Miriam Kaczor (flute), Evelina Ndlova (electric piano) and Margaret Bridge, (choral conductor with a choir of eight singers), presented by composer Benjamin Dwyer  


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