Read DL Festival Friday 30 April

It’s the final day of the Read DL online festival 2021, and what a festival it has been!

We also want to take this opportunity to thank Drumman N.S. for all their hard work in supporting the Read DL Festival this year. You are all superstars!

We had everything from readings, drama and music performances, and mental health discussions, to run away meerkats, amazing artwork, and tin whistle playing. What more can we offer?

Well today, we have something incredibly special.

As part of the closing ceremony for the Read DL Festival, we have a special Q&A with Roddy Doyle himself, led by our intrepid young reporters Evie O’Donnell (Drummans National School) and Jack Myers (Abbey Vocational School). How many dogs does Evie have? Why does Jack decide to take his mobile to the desert? What is the hardest question Roddy Doyle has been asked? Tune in to this fun and fascinating interview to find out. As you can see, our future is in safe hands.

Our Official Read DL Reporters

We had a fantastic team behind Read DL 2021 this year, so we want to take this opportunity to introduce them. Be ready world; we have some eager young reporters in our midst!

My Name is Jack Myers,. I am a 5th year student at the Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town. My interests are performing arts, media studies, literature and photography. I am a member of the Donegal Youth Musical Theatre under the direction of Semi Campbell. I performed in many shows across the north west such as Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, West side story, Les Miserables, to name but a few. My most recent work is promoting the South Donegal Community Benefit Fund scholarship video for college students studying sustainable energy. This promotion video is viewable on Energia social media platforms. My future goal is to pursue a  career in radio presenting or in such other media avenues. 

My name is Evie O Donnell. I am 12 years old and I am in 6th class in Scoil Cholmcille Drumman. I like animals and art. I also really like singing. 
My favourite food are hot dogs and my favourite drink is water. 
I am currently very busy looking after 13 dogs but love to read in my spare time. 

Our Official Read DL Correspondents

We can’t forget this trio of amazing correspondents. Thank you for making the festival a bright one!


Hi, I’m Zach Ferry. I am eleven years old,  I’m in 5th class and I got to Drumman National School. I have a few hobbies; I like to play drums, play football and I love running or cross country. 
My favourite subject is maths. I like to go to the beach alot and I also love to read. I read every night before I go to bed.  My favourite food is carbonara and my favourite drink is Shloer . Finally, I love sailing and kayaking!


Hi, my name is Sean Morton and I am ten years old. I am in 4th class in Scoil Cholmcille Drumman. My fun fact is my birthday is next month!
I love art and I have my own sketchbook which I love to draw in everyday. I record magic tricks on my phone and I would like to be an animator when I grow up. 


Hi, My name is Emma Mc Crossan. I am twelve years old and I have one sister called Cora. My favourite sport is probably Gaelic and my favourite food is probably something with chocolate in it!

A final note…

Finally, we want to take this opportunity to thank two very special committee members, Lisa McMonagle and Catherine Rafferty. Lisa and Catherine are two longstanding committee members and dear friends, and this is their final year with us. Thank you for all you do, Lisa and Catherine. You will always be apart of our Read DL family.