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 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. 

Barrytown Trilogy, 3 titles

Remembering Italia '90

Milk bottlesAnyone else still got their Italia 90 milk bottles? We've dusted ours down ahead of our BIG event tonight!
Remembering Italia '90 with soccer pundits Bill O'Herlihy, Eamon Dunphy and John Giles is tonight at the Avivia Stadium!. Reminisce about the glory days of 1990 when the whole country, like the characters in The Van, went football mad.
If you haven't got your ticket by now, you are unfortunately too late as the event is booked solid!

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Barrytown Meets MusicTown

Barrytown Meets MusicTownBarrytown Meets MusicTown was a musical and literary celebration of Roddy Doyle's The Barrytown Trilogy, this year's Dublin: One City One Book choice. Author of the The Barrytown Trilogy, Roddy Doyle, was in attendance, along with speakers and musicians that helped to celebrate his work. 

This special event on the 12th of April, 2015, featured performances from the worlds of theatre, film and music. See below for a slideshow of photos taken at the Barrytown Meets MusicTown event. 

Creative Writing Workshop for Teenagers

PenOn Saturday 18th and Saturday 25th April, from 3:30 to 5.00pm, there will be a two-day creative writing workshop  for teenagers aged between 15 and 18 years with Dave Lordan in the Central Library, Ilac Centre.

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Remembering Italia 90

Join Bill O'Herlihy, Johnny Giles and Eamon Dunphy  on Thursday 16th April at 7pm, for a trip down memory lane  - re-live the Italia 90 fever which swept the nation and inspired Roddy Doyle's The Van.  With footage of the Irish soccer team's Italian journey and some special invited guests in the audience, it's sure to be a great night for all soccer fans! Tickets only €5. Booking essential at

April 1st - Started Reading It Yet?

Have you begun reading/re-reading The Barrytown Trilogy yet?? It's April 1st, it's time to start if you haven't! Start with Book One, The Commitments, here is page one as a teaser.

Commitments, page one

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