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04/03/19 Read DL 2019 launched

Read DL Cathaoirleach

Cathaoirleach, Cllr Seamus O'Domhnaill addressing the crowd at the Read DL Launch at Central Library, Letterkenny on Thursday night.


“Mr. Stink” by author David Walliams has been named this year’s book for Read DL 2019.


Hundreds of children and families across Donegal will get to know Chloe, the loneliest girl in the world who makes friends with Mr Stink, the local tramp as they participate in this 6 week project that will see families and communities coming together to rediscover the joy of reading and the magical world of books.


“This is the 9th year of Read DL and its appeal remains as fresh as ever with hundreds of children and young people from 77 schools across Donegal including 6 youth reach centres and 10 ETB Learning for Living Centres taking part in what has become an incredibly successful community literacy initiative. 


Read DL Joe McHugh

Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD pictured with learners from Donegal Downs Syndrome Association at the Read DL Launch at Central Library, Letterkenny on Thursday night.


Read DL which was officially launched on Thursday night (28 February) in the Central Library in Letterkenny, is a county-wide reading movement, designed to bring the people of Donegal together by collectively reading the same book.  It aims to foster a love of reading, encourage people, young and old, to not only read more but to read the same book and to share ideas and perspectives.


Speaking at the launch Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill described Read DL is a fine example of how community interaction and dialogue can be encouraged across a vast area and explained that “there are numerous benefits to reading and being literate.  It can have far reaching consequences in a person’s life.  Furthermore being involved in a community of reading, such as a book club, also has a profound impact on an individual’s life. According to the Reading Agency being a member of a reading group supports learning, provides opportunities for relaxation and enjoyment, develops individual confidence and self-esteem, builds a feeling of belonging and inclusion, promotes a sense of wellbeing and can provide a life-line in difficult circumstances”.


Getting involved

Registration for group participation in this year’s programme is now closed, but individual copies of the book are available at your local library. Visit to reserve your copy. You can also visit for further information and learning activities to accompany ‘Mr. Stink’ and previous READ DL titles. Stay up to date by following Read DL on Facebook @readdlsocial and Twitter @ReadDonegal.



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