Dublin becomes Barrytown this April as capital celebrates Dublin: One City One Book #BarrytownTrilogy

Dublin will become Barrytown in April as the city celebrates Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy, this year’s Dublin: One City One Book choice.

Dublin City Council’s Public Libraries have organised a packed programme featuring over 60 events which will animate the Barrytown Trilogy throughout April. Many events are free and full details are available now on www.dublinonecityonebook.ie

Dublin’s Lord Mayor Christy Burke announced the programme at a launch held in the Central Library, Ilac Centre on Wednesday 25th March. “Dublin: One City One Book is now a major event in the city’s cultural calendar and has become very popular with Dubliners and visitors alike” said the Lord Mayor. “Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy invites us to remember Dublin’s brand of soul music, an unexpected pregnancy and the pure joy of Italia ’90. The wonderful programme of music, films, readings, discussions and exhibitions are the great way to experience Dublin this April.”
Roddy Doyle, who will take part in several events during the festival, says “If I hadn’t been born in Dublin I don’t think I would have become a writer. I’ve always loved the sound of Dublin voices and when I started trying to put them down on paper thirty years ago, I knew I was doing something that I’d always love doing. So, I’m delighted, flattered, and grateful that The Barrytown Trilogy is this year’s Dublin: One City One Book choice.”

Festival highlights include “Barrytown Meets MusicTown” at Vicar St on 12th April - a celebration of the music and spoken word which inspired Roddy. “Are you Havin’ a Laugh?” a hilarious exploration of Dublin’s unique humour with Peter Sheridan at various venues from 30th March and “City of a Thousand Bands” which will relive Dublin’s 1980s music scene at the Church Café on 21st April.

There are also photographic exhibitions, film screenings, concerts, and discussions which will explore the City and the people that inspired Roddy Doyle.

The Barrytown Trilogy is made up of The Commitments (1987), The Snapper (1990) and The Van (1991) and their publication announced the arrival of a new, contemporary and distinctive Dublin voice. A special Dublin: One City One Book Barrytown edition, published by Vintage, is available to borrow from libraries across Dublin and to buy in bookshops.

Dublin: One City One Book encourages everyone to read a book connected with Dublin during April. Now celebrating its tenth year, the festival is led by Dublin City Public Libraries as part of its UNESCO City of Literature Programme. It is supported by publishers Vintage, Department of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, RTE Supporting the Arts and Dublin Town.


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Notes to the Editor

Highlights in this year’s Dublin: One City One Book include:

Barrytown Meets Musictown – a musical and literary celebration of the Barrytown Trilogy at Vicar St. on Sunday 12th April. This special event is in partnership with Dublin’s first Musictown Festival. It features a mixture of the music and spoken word that inspired Roddy Doyle in the mid 1980s when he was writing the books that would make up the Barrytown Trilogy. Performers include Imelda May, Colm Meaney and Glen Hansard. Tickets €30 (plus service charge) www.ticketmaster.ie

Life, the Universe and a Couple of Books – Roddy Doyle joins Catherine Dunne in a public conversation at the RDS Library, Ballsbridge, 8th April, 6.30pm. Free but booking essential on www.rds.ie/speakerseries 

‘Are You Havin’ a Laugh’ – An exploration of Dublin humour in a specially written piece by Peter Sheridan. Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powerscourt (new location), South William St 1pm 30th March – 18th April, every day except Sunday. Also at dlr Lexlcon, 22nd April and Axis Ballymun on 30th April. See www.dublinonecityonebook.ie for ticket information.

Remembering Italia ’90 – Ireland’s adventures at the 1990 World Cup was the unforgettable backdrop for Roddy Doyle’s The Van. Those days will come back to life at a special evening at the 1872 Room in the Aviva Stadium. Tickets €5 with booking opening on 31st March, www.entertainment.ie

Mind Your **** Language! –Chris Morash from TCD and RTE’s Sean Rocks look at the evolution of language – good and bad. Monday 20th April, The Mansion House, 6.30pm. Free, booking essential on www.entertainment.ie

Roddy Doyle and Lynda Myles, an illustrated conversation – Roddy Doyle and Lynda Myles, who produced the film versions of the novels, discuss bringing the Barrytown Trilogy from page to screen with Doireann Ni Bhrian. IFI, 21st April, Tickets €9, booking essential www.ifi.ie

City of a Thousand Bands – Dave Fanning (RTE 2fm), Niall Stokes (Hot Press) and others discuss the time, place and music that inspired Roddy Doyle’s debut The Commitments. The Church Café, Tuesday 21st April, 8.30pm. Free but apply for tickets on www.hotpress.com/tickets

Hidden Dublin – author Karl Whitney explores the marginal zones and dark corners of Dublin. Tuesday 16th April, 7pm, dlr Lexicon, The Studio, Dun Laoghaire, free, booking not necessary
Tour of d’Northside – a unique bus tour which tours the locations made famous in the Barrytown Trilogy. This unforgettable tour will feature readings and songs. Departs Beresford Place at 11am on Sunday 26th April, €10.

Those Were the Days – an online photographic exhibition from Dublin City Public Libraries photo archive which will bring back the days of disco, urban decay, World Cup fever and leg warmers. www.dublinonecityonebook.ie

Barrytown Trilogy Film Screenings - many Dublin libraries will screen the film adaptations of the Barrytown Trilogy. See dates and locations on www.dublinonecityonebook.ie

Start Up, Start Here – Dublin City Libraries and the Local Enterprise Office present a series of free lectures at the Central (Ilac) Library designed to empower the next Jimmy Rabbitte between 2nd April and 7th May. More E:- business@dublincity.ie, T. (01) 873 3996.

About the Barrytown Trilogy
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.

Previous books featured in the Dublin: One City One Book festival are At Swim Two Birds by Flann O’ Brien (2006), A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry (2007), Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (2008), Dracula by Bram Stoker (2009), A Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde (2010), Ghost Light by Joseph O’Connor (2011), Dubliners by James Joyce (2012), Strumpet City by James Plunkett (2013) and If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth (2014).

The NCBI Library and Media Centre have produced Braille and audio copies of the Barrytown Trilogy to coincide with the launch of the print version of the Dublin: One City, One Book 2015. The accessible copies will be made available to registered NCBI Library members. For further enquiries, please contact the NCBI Library on: 01 8642266.
The NCBI Library and Media Centre are delighted to be involved with Dublin: One City, One Book 2015.

The Barrytown Trilogy is available in print, large print, audio CD and MP3 to borrow from libraries across Dublin.