Reading Ambassadors

In the run up to #IrelandReads on Saturday 24th February 2024 we have asked our reading ambassadors to tell us why they love reading and what types of books they love to read.

Author and illustrator Dolores Keaveney tells us all about the non-fiction books she enjoys.

Reading is like "lighting up your brain" so go visit your library and light up your brain.

Mullingar based author Anne Griffin tells us how she loves to go on an adventure with a good book.

Anne loves the way she can see herself reflected in books, seeing humanity in the characters.

She also loves a good laugh.

She recommends authors such as Richard Russo (click here), Jonathan Coe (click here), Maggie O'Farrell (click here). and Belinda McKeon (click here)

Writer, poet and author Margaret Kiernan talks about her love of books,

One of Margaret's first books was Black Beauty (click here). Do you remember the first book you read?

Author Patricia Gibney shares her favourite book of all time with us.

Patricia is the author of the Detective Lottie Parker series of novels (click here)

Her favourite book of all time is a real classic, watch the video to learn why she love Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. (click here)

Thanks to Garda Paul Martin from the Mullingar Community Policing Unit for telling us about his love of reading.

Paul loves to read fiction, and among his favourite books are works by J. R. R. Tolkien (click here to search the library catalogue) and Stephen King (click here). Paul enjoys reading because it allows him to travel the world, and beyond and see life from a different perspective.

Why do you like to read?

Lorraine Murphy on the value of stopping the scroll and enjoying a good book

So if you've been caught up in scrolling, in your infinite feed, why not turn off social media and be entertained by a story instead.

Lorraine is the author of a number of thrillers. You can find her books in your local library (click here)

Caroline Barry tells us all about her love of all things paranormal.

Caroline is a novelist who has written two young adult novels as well as published in the adult market. Caroline loves to read, and reads a wide range of subjects, from history books about the Georgian period to books on the paranormal.

Caroline recommends that you get lost in the following titles: