Battle of the Book Launched in Swords Castle

Battle of the Book

Fingal County Council are delighted to announce the launch of the Battle of the Book in the Chapel at Swords Castle this morning Wednesday 16th October.

The Battle of the Book is a reading Programme running from October 2019 until March 2020 between Fingal Libraries and primary schools within the Fingal area. This initiative is very kindly supported by Dublin Airport.

The programme is designed to encourage children to read, gain confidence and to discuss a common book, providing a shared experience of reading which will encourage reading for life.

Speaking about the programme Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Eoghan O’Brien said; “The Battle of the Book programme is a great way to encourage children not only to read but to interact with one another to discuss the book’s themes and hear each other’s insights. I am delighted to see it return this year.”

Battle of the Book

This year the featured book is “World War 1 – When the Lights Went Out in Europe” by local author Rod Smith and published by Poolbeg Press. Both Rod himself and Paula from Poolbeg were on hand to help launch the programme and present signed copies of the book to students Finn Morrissey and Chelsea Camerino from St Marnocks NS.


This year the schools involved will be Mary Queen of Ireland NS, St Helens NS, Portmarnock, St Laurence’s NS, Baldoyle, St Marnocks NS, Portmarnock and St Margaret’s NS. The children will be participating in different activities organised by Fingal Libraries surrounding the themes presented in the book.

The programme will culminate in a “Battle” to be held early in 2020 in the Riasc Centre.


For more information please contact:

Marguerite Drake - Tel: 01 890 5523

Nora Finnegan - Tel: 01 890 4438

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