Ireland Reads Campaign

Ireland Reads is a new campaign to get the whole country reading this month in the lead up to a national day of reading on Thursday, February 25th.

Waterford Libraries have teamed up with libraries nationwide, publishers, booksellers, authors and others for the campaign which is part of the government Keep Well initiative and aims to celebrate reading and all the benefits it can have for wellbeing and enjoyment. The campaign is asking everyone to ‘squeeze in a read’ on Ireland Reads Day, Thursday, February 25th.

A new website has been set up where people can pledge to read on the day and see how much time has been pledged by the Irish public so far. The Ireland Reads website also offers book recommendations suited to a person’s interests and the time they have available. There are more than 800 recommendations from librarians all around the country!

On the website you can enter your favourite type of book and how long you would like to read each day and the website will offer a suitable book suggestion and work out how long it will take to complete – a couch to 5k for books! Check it out!

While Waterford Libraries are not currently open for browsing or borrowing due to Covid restrictions, library members can use the library Borrowbox service online and choose from more than 44,000 eBooks and 33,000 eAudiobooks.

Find out about all that’s happening for Ireland Reads, get book recommendations and take the pledge to read on Thursday, February 25th at

Ireland Reads Events in Waterford Libraries:

Liz Nugent In Conversation with Dymphna Nugent – 7:00pm Thursday 25th February

As part of the Ireland Reads initiative, Waterford Libraries are delighted to present best selling author Liz Nugent in conversation with Waterford News and Star journalist Dymphna Nugent online on Thursday 25th February at 7:00pm. This is a Free Event and for more details and to book a ticket visit:

Beginners Poetry Workshop with Derek Flynn – 7:00pm Wednesday 24th February

Author and Writing Tutor, Derek Flynn of The Writing Coach & The Waxed Lemon literary journal, will lead a 90 minute online workshop for anyone who wants to learn the basics of creating poetry, tips to get started and keep going.

Online on Wednesday 24th February  at 7:00pm. To book your free place visit

Ireland Reads – Reading Recommendations from Waterford Libraries:


View the Digital Copy of Waterford Streets Past and Present by Daniel Dowling

Classic Book Suggestions:

Listen back to Sinead Moriarty (Author) and Tracy McEneaney (Waterford Libraries) speaking with Claire Byrne on RTE Radio 1 on February 11 2021, about the upcoming Ireland Reads Campaign featuring plenty of book suggestions for the National Day of Reading on Thursday 25th February.

Click Here to Listen Back

Click Here for a list of the books mentioned in the conversation.

Have you made your pledge to squeeze in a read yet?

Recommended Reads on our Website

Visit the Recommended Reads section of our website for even more great reads. Ideal for squeezing in a read on Thursday 25th February!

Recommended ReadsClick Here to Visit

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