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Roddy Doyle. Photo: Collins

Roddy Doyle. Photo: Collins

Roddy Doyle. Photo: Collins

The casts of The Commitments, The Snapper and The Van are being invited to Dublin to celebrate Roddy Doyle's Barrytown Trilogy being selected for the 2015 One City One Book festival.

Man Booker Prize winner Dolyle said he is over the moon that his books, charting the trials and tribulations of the Rabbitte family, will be celebrated as the city's favoured book next year.

"Twenty-eight years after I started writing the novels that make up the trilogy, I'm delighted - and proud - that it will be the One City One Book choice for 2015," he said.

Speaking about the tales that brought us Jimmy Rabbitte and Georgie Burgess, the author said he wanted to bring Dublin to life.

"When I wrote the books that make up the Barrytown Trilogy, I hoped the city would come up off the page, like a character. When the characters spoke, Dublin spoke," he said.

The trilogy follows books including James Joyce's Dubliners in representing the city throughout next April.

Last year the book selected was a collection of songs and poems, If Ever You Go, in which a never-before-seen Seamus Heaney poem was published.

The month-long festival runs alongside a host of events and music and film feature greatly.

"We'll be contacting all of the actors to come and if they're around we'd be delighted to have them," said Jane Alger, the director of the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.

jfegan@herald.ie


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