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

Boys and Girls Come Out To Play

It was a bright sunny morning in Dublin last Saturday for Blackthorn Arts show Boys and Girls Come Out to Play, part of Dublin: One City One Book program for 2013. City Hall echoed to the sounds of children singing Queenio Who Has the Ball, Red Rover, Red Rover and other street rhymes that were popular at the start of the 20th Century when Strumpet City was set.

How the Poor Lived

Please note that How the Poor Lived; Tenements, Public Health and Medicine in Lockout Dublin 1913 in the Royal College of Physicians on the 18th April at 6pm is fully booked.

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.


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