Ireland Reads Day

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Irish libraries have teamed up with publishers, booksellers, authors and others for the Ireland Reads campaign, which aims to get everyone reading this Thursday, February 25th. A new website has been set up where people can pledge to ‘squeeze in a read’ on the day and get book recommendations suited to their interests and time available. There are more than 800 recommendations from librarians all around the country.

A number of Ireland Reads online events are scheduled this week including ‘The Great Escape’ hosted by Rick O’Shea whose guests including author, Sebastian Barry; Professor Luke O’Neill; librarian, Catherine Gallagher; and, reading advocate Sarah Fitzgerald will discuss how reading has helped in lockdown. The National Adult Literacy Agency is also hosting an event looking at the science behind the benefits of reading, while Laureate na nÓg Aine Ni Ghlinn will host an Irish language discussion exploring the joy of reading in Irish for pleasure.

Full details are available at

Reading Matters: science | stories | soul – Wednesday 24th February 2pm

The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) will lead a look at the science behind the benefits of reading, with input from researchers, writers and readers speaking to the wellbeing aspect of reading for pleasure.


Ireland Reads: The Great Escape! – Thursday 25th February 7pm

Libraries Ireland present a discussion focusing on reading during lockdown and how books have helped us escape, chaired by Rick O’Shea (RTE).


There are many more events being organised by libraries and campaign partners – please check with your local library service for details or follow Libraries Ireland on social media. is Ireland’s largest independent for courses in Ireland. We list full-time and part-time courses of all types so that you can find the best course for you.


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