Ros Na nÓg Children’s Book Festival




It’s that time of year again and Ros Na nÓg, Children’s Book Festival is back and we have an impressive line up scheduled for Roscommon County Library Service for the Month of October.  Our six branches will be hosting events to suit all age groups, and we hope this will be one of our best years ever!!

This festival has been running for several years now and it will continue to be a central focus for library services for children for years to come.

In October 2019, children will again have the opportunity to meet some of their favourite authors and take part in fun events for the whole family.

The annual Children’s Book Festival helps spread the enjoyment of books and reading among children and families, authors and illustrators, teachers and librarians all over Ireland.

We have over 30 events organised throughout the County so please visit your local branch library or check our website at  See details listed below.

Highlights of this year’s Festival include performances and workshops by the following writers, illustrators and storytellers:

            Niall de Burca

            Wayne O’Connor

            Colm Keegan

            Derek Mulveen

            Graham Tugwell

            E.R Murray and Alan Early

            Gem Puppets with Carmel Balfe

            Stories and Singing with Dee-Dee

            Award winning Author and Performer Graham Tugwell will be performing in all of our Libraries with his interactive storytelling of magic and adventure where the kids become the heroes of their own tales in his show entitled “Greetings Heroes”.

Noted authors in their own right Alan Early and ER Murray have teamed up together for their workshops called “The Unusual Suspects” as they put each other under the spotlight for some rigorous interrogation about their writing techniques and routines!  Learn where ideas come from, see where authors write and learn about what writing novels entails on a day to day basis.  They’ll also read from their novels and give you plenty of opportunity to ask your most burning questions about what it’s like to write books for a living.

Of particular interest this year are workshops for Teenagers.  The first of which is:

The ELMINOPY Poetry Workshop by Colm Keegan. Colm is a writer from Dublin who has been shortlisted four times for the Hennessy New Irish Writers Award for both Poetry and Fiction.

Galway native Author and Illustrator Derek Mulveen will host workshops in every Library around the county for Teenagers which will focus on building confidence in reading and writing.

Master Storyteller Niall de Búrca, who is undoubtedly one of Ireland’s finest traditional storytellers will be performing in both Boyle and Roscommon libraries.  He is a particular favourite on both national and international platforms due to the diversity of his tales and talent.

Niall de Búrca will be back in action again at the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon on October 3rd for the Summer Stars Awards Ceremony. This event is for all the Children who took part in the Summer Reading Challenge and it is where they will be presented with their medals.  Over 1000 Children throughout the County took part in this challenge and all of these children will receive their invitation prior to this event, stating at which time slot they have been asked to attend.

There has never been a better time to check in with your local library, where thanks to the new all-Ireland access library membership card, you can access books, DVDs and audios in any of the 330 branch libraries throughout the Country.  Library membership is free of charge for everyone as are all our events.   For a full overview of the services and facilities that we have available, call in to your local library where our dedicated staff are on hand to assist you.

County Librarian Sandra Turner would like to thank the staff, teachers and parents for their continued support of the Ros Na nÓg Festival.  Ros Na nÓg is supported by the Creative Ireland Programme, an all-of-Government Five-Year Initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy.  Further information is available from  and