Read DL 2019 Launched

We’re delighted to have officially launched Read DL 2019!

Read DL which was launched on Thursday night (28 February) in the Central Library in Letterkenny. We had a wonderful evening with special guests Joe McHugh TD, Karen Guthrie and Sharon Stewart.

Karen Guthrie speaking at Read DL 2019

This is the 9th year of Read DL and its appeal remains as fresh as ever with hundreds of children and young people from 77 schools across Donegal including 6 youth reach centres and 10 ETB Learning for Living Centres taking part in what has become an incredibly successful community literacy initiative.

Speaking at the launch Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill described Read DL is a fine example of how community interaction and dialogue can be encouraged across a vast area and explained that “there are numerous benefits to reading and being literate. It can have far reaching consequences in a person’s life. Furthermore being involved in a community of reading, such as a book club, also has a profound impact on an individual’s life. According to the Reading Agency being a member of a reading group supports learning, provides opportunities for relaxation and enjoyment, develops individual confidence and self-esteem, builds a feeling of belonging and inclusion, promotes a sense of wellbeing and can provide a life-line in difficult circumstances”.

Joe McHugh TD speaks at the launch of Read DL 2019

Thanks to Donegal ETB,  Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Donegal County Council, Donegal County Library and CYPSC Donegal for everything you do do support us. We hope you all enjoy the next six weeks of reading!

Getting involved

Registration for group participation in this year’s programme is now closed, but individual copies of the book are available at your local library. Visit to reserve your copy. You can also visit for further information and learning activities to accompany ‘Mr. Stink’ and previous READ DL titles. Stay up to date by following Read DL on Facebook @readdlsocial, Twitter @ReadDonegal, Instagram “readdonegal” and our new Read Donegal app, available on both android and apple devices.