World Book Day gifts 6,500 books to children’s charities in Dublin 

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

World Book Day has teamed up with Children’s Books Ireland, Foras na Gaeilge, An Post and the National Council for the Blind of Ireland, in a joint effort to give every child access to stories.  

In the lead-up to World Book Day, March 2, An Post covered the cost of delivering 14,000 books to children in Irish hospitals, direct provision centres, homelessness services and Travelling communities.  

Of these, 6,500 books were delivered to charities in Dublin, including Barnardos, Children in Hospital Ireland, Saint Vincent Depaul and Pavee Point.

“At An Post, we believe in the power of words and reading to change lives and our goal is to create an Ireland where everyone from every walk of life can improve their reading and writing skills,” said Debbie Byrne, Managing Director, An Post Retail. 

“We’re delighted to be working with Children’s Books Ireland to deliver over 14,000 books for free to children across the country because no matter what their circumstances, every child in Ireland deserves the chance to fulfil their potential.” 

Thanks to support from National Council for the Blind Ireland, all Irish World Book Day €1.50 titles are now available in Braille, audio and digital formats for the first time ever.

Seán Ó Coinn, CEO of Foras na Gaeilge, said that reading is an essential component in the process of re-establishing and normalising the use of minoritised languages in society.

“Foras na Gaeilge’s partnership for the second year with World Book Day is an excellent way for us to bring our wide range of Irish-language books to a wider readership in Ireland and internationally in a way that allows us to showcase the best in Irish writing and, we hope, change lives through reading,” he said.

Commenting on the event, Cassie Chadderton, CEO of World Book Day, said: ‘World Book Day exists to encourage more children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to benefit from a life-long habit of reading for pleasure. It’s positive impact cannot be underestimated.

“We’re delighted that even more of World Book Day’s resources are available in the Irish language this year, thanks to our partners at Children’s Books Ireland and Foras na Gaeilge.”

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