Alan Early: Author
"Sometimes I read in bed...
Sometimes I read in a café... Sometimes I read on the bus.
It doesn’t matter where I read because when I start, I’m instantly teleported to another world. Maybe it’s a world just like my own, maybe it’s an alien landscape or a dystopian future or a banquet hall with baby dragons soaring overhead. And how do I get to these places? Well it’s simple. I travel on a magic carpet made of words and sentences. I’m not alone though. I travel with many people; the heroes and villains and all the characters in the story accompany me on the journey.
Books really are things of magic; they whisk us away to other places, they help us forget about boring things like the weather and losing football teams and maths homework. That’s why I love reading.
Now you’ll have to excuse me. I’m in the middle of a book about pirates and I want to find out who stole my friend the captain’s gold!"
For more information on Alan see his website: www.alanearly.com
Bohemians Football Club
Aaron Callaghan (former manager)
“I love reading because when I read I drift away into the book and it seems like my own creative movie in my imagination. I think the reason I love reading books so much is because in my opinion, reading is an almost magical experience. I find it quite enjoyable as well as relaxing. If you sit down with a good book, it is as if you can go to an entirely different world for a few hours. When you’re so deeply engrossed in a book, you’ll notice that books have that amazing ability to transport you, evoking different feelings of sadness, joy, elation, curiosity and intrigue - it just all depends on what you are reading. Books can also be the source of creating memories for you. No matter what stage you may be in your life, reading a good book can help you deal with life’s difficulties, emotions and improve your knowledge of subjects. The books I love to read vary from inspirational biographies, self improvement, history, leadership, any sports related topics and the odd thriller.”
For more information on Bohemians see bohemianfc.com
"The most interesting knowledge I have ever gained has never been from television or radio. The knowledge that has gifted me most in life always came from reading. To be able to create your own imagery in your head from words on a page is a beautiful thing. That's why I love reading."
For more information on Bressie see www.bressiemusic.com
Carla O’Brien: Journalist with RTE
"When I read, I feel like I am being transported. In a few short lines, I'm on a bus, in a car, on a plane, on a flying rhinoceros, whatever the vehicle, reading takes me to places I've never been. Best of all it puts me at the heart of the action. Where else will you be at the centre of things than in your own mind. Nothing can be more fun than that."
For information on Carla see www.rte.ie
Conor McNally: Journalist with RTE
“I love reading because it's the best way to find out about the world. As a journalist, I like to read all about the people and places that interest me. As well as books, that also means reading lots of newspapers and magazines. Growing up, I loved to read Roald Dahl books; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a particular favourite!”
Form information on Conor see www.rte.ie
Isobel Joyce: Captain Irish Women’s Cricket Team
“Playing for Ireland means a lot of travel, and a lot of hotel rooms. Reading, I find, is the best way to relax on the plane or wind down at the end of the day. We spend a lot of time in each other's pockets so a good book is the best way to get away from it all, to return to a bit of normalcy if we are in a country with a culture we're not used to, or to read just after a tough match”.
For more information on the team see www.cricketireland.ie
Darren Shan: Author
"What reading means to me: I grew up in a time before multi-channel TV and computers. I lived in the countryside and when I was young I couldn’t go meet with my friends much after school. Books were my main source of entertainment, my way of escaping into other worlds. Reading has never been a chore for me – it has always been a joy. Although the world has changed a lot, I still love the world of books, because it offers a form of escape unlike anything a movie, TV show or video game can provide. I don’t think books will ever go out of fashion. Indeed, with modern technologies making it easier than ever to have access to books, I think they’re going to become more popular than ever. Don’t forget – books aren’t for school – they’re for FUN!!!"
For more information on Darren see www.darrenshan.com
Debbie Thomas: Author
"Reading is a feast without calories; a holiday without travel sickness; a roaring fire on a freezing day, and a friend at your fingertips. Without books I’d die of boredom at least six times a day."
For more information on Debbie see debbie-thomas.com
Francesca Simon: Author
“I love to read more than anything in the world. Books open up new worlds, new lives, new possibilities. There is nothing as wonderful as browsing in your local library and discovering a new writer you love. I think I read every single book in my primary school library--I read two books every day for years. Happy reading!”
For more information on Francesca see: www.francescasimon.com
Dublin Hurling Team
Dublin Hurling Team
“We want to see every child in Dublin with 2 things in their hands, a hurl and a book. To be good at both you need to practice every day. So join the library and read a book; join a GAA club and play hurling. Both are very important.”
For more information on the Dublin Hurlers see www.hill16.ie
Ailish McSweeney: Champion Sprinter
"I have always had an absolute love for reading. When I was younger I was oblivious to my surroundings when my head was in a book and I often used my parents’ important letters and even cheques as bookmarks by accident! Reading is still a really important part of my life. I’m in a book club that meets once a month which is so much fun. When travelling abroad to races I always need at least two or three good reads lined up. I’ve also converted to the Kindle recently and bring it with me wherever I go, even to training or to the shop…just in case. I mostly read novels and love the sense of escapism that comes with an enthralling story or a gripping thriller."
For more information on Ailish see www.athleticsireland.ie
Fergus Finlay: CEO Barnardos
“It was Brother Hugh (a presentation Brother) who taught me to love books when I was ten or eleven. I have hundreds of them at home now – we’re forever adding new bookshelves in our house! I love history, biography, politics, and fiction – especially crime thrillers. At different times in my life, particular books have had a profound effect – Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler and James Larking by Emmet Larkin would be just two that have affected the way I look at the world. Nowadays, nothing gives me greater pleasure than reading to my grandchildren – watching them make the same discoveries is a magical experience”.
For more information on Barnardos see www.barnardos.ie
Eoin Colfer: Author
“I will keep writing until people stop reading or I run out of ideas. Hopefully neither of these will happen anytime soon”
For more information on Eoin see www.eoincolfer.com
Dublin Football Team
Dublin Football Team
"We play the game with passion and dedication. We train to keep our bodies fit and healthy. Books are what keep our minds fit and healthy”
For more information on the Dubs see www.hill16.ie
Judi Curtin: Author
"Ever since I learned to untangle the words, reading has been my favourite hobby. The teacher in me says that reading is important for learning, and that readers tend to do better academically. This is true, but for me, reading is mostly about fun. In the past few weeks, I’ve been to Africa, India, West Cork, London, and an imaginary city in the year 2053. (Not bad, considering I haven’t really left my home in Limerick.) That’s what reading does - it takes you to places you’d never otherwise visit, and introduces you to characters so real, you dream of having them as best friends.
I’d say more on this subject, but I have something important to do. The sun is shining, and I’m going to sit in my garden – with a book!"
For more information on Judi see www.judicurtin.com
Kieran Behan: Irish Gymnast
"Reading is a very important part in today's society and certainly plays an important part in my life. As you know gymnastics is my main sport and you may not think it, but it is crucial to be able to read when participating in any sport at a high level.
In my sport, my programmes are extremely important to me (i.e. nutrition, weights and training). I have to consistently monitor and read through my programmes on a daily basis to ensure I know exactly what I am doing and consistently be aware of the changes that my coaches implement.
As you know, injuries have also played a big part in my life and on my journey, overcoming those injuries has made me who I am today. Whilst having the serious injuries as well as the smaller injuries and niggles that you experience everyday in training, this meant that I had to be proactive in researching what these injuries are. Looking on the internet and researching this has helped me to help recover and overcome these injuries that can certainly hold you back as an athlete or even end your career. The importance of being able to read is paramount as you will use it in everyday life for whatever reason whether you are an athlete or not. A must for everyone. It is so important."
For more information on Kieran see www.gymnasticsireland.com
Lorna Quinn: Actress
"I love to read! I always have one or two books on my bedside locker that I can tap into whenever I feel like switching off, relaxing and being taken off into another world! My favorite fictional writers are Kate McCabe, Claudia Carroll, Jodi Picoult, John McGahern and Pat McCabe. I also love to read about topics that interest me such as health and fitness, running and autobiographies of actors that I admire. For such a small object, a book contains so much power. Fictional stories can bring you on a magical journey of intrigue and suspense, true stories can connect emotionally and resonate deeply, educational books guide learning and stimulate the mind and special-interest books offer insights, anecdotes and helpful tips to the ardent reader. The impact of a good book can stay with you for a lifetime. I am so thrilled to be asked to be a 'Reading Champion' - It has encouraged me to recognize the importance of reading in my life and also to recognize the value and simple pleasure that the act of reading can bring. I wish you all many years of fantastic reading ahead!"
For more information on Lorna see www.theagency.ie/#!lorna-quinn/cf8i
Marita Conlon-McKenna: Author
"I was lucky that I learned to read really easily and was a good reader. There weren’t very many books in our house but my mum joined the library and I got to use most of the family tickets! Once I began to get pocket money I spent almost every penny of it on books…mostly Armada paperbacks.
I had to have books and just had to read and read. I joined the Puffin Club and got my Puffin Badge. The more books I read and the more authors I discovered…the more I wanted to write myself. I dreamed of being a mermaid, a pirate, a Viking and began to write and create lots and lots of stories.
Reading is a mega -important part of my life, whether it is newspapers or the internet and I’m surrounded by books…they are everywhere and I spend a lot of time in libraries and schools and bookshops as reading and writing is my job!"
For more information on Marita see maritaconlonmckenna.com
Niall Kelly: Kildare County Footballer
"Reading is increasingly important these days with the continuous advancement in technology. Reading strengthens the brain and builds new connections for people in all walks of life whether it be education, sport or business. The abundance of information that can be obtained through reading is endless and it teaches you about all walks of life which will be beneficial for you, and people around you, in years to come. Finally, reading is great entertainment, it can be done anywhere and a book doesn't take up much space. You will never be bored if you have a book with you. I would encourage everyone to read as often as possible as it is a great pastime and you will see the benefits."
For more information on Kildare Football see kildaregaa.ie
Oisin McGann: Author
"I am alone in my head. I look out at other people and I know that they're alive, that they have consciousness. But when it comes right down to it, they are all just bodies to me. I’m the only one aware of all the thoughts and feelings going on inside me, just as every other person experiences the same.
Language is our means of sharing all that stuff that's going on inside us – for entertainment, for learning, or even just for a human connection. It was stories that had the greatest effect on me, when I was young and looking to be affected, so now I write stories. But if you write, a reader must put the effort into reading your words. It is so hard to share what is inside our heads – it's complicated and ever-changing and almost impossible to describe sometimes.
When a writer tries to show what's inside their mind, to put those thoughts on a page, they can only plant the seeds with the words they write. The thoughts will lie sleeping in those frozen, unmoving words until somebody with the ability to read comes along and wakes them up. Those words need someone else’s imagination to make them grow into thoughts once more.
I love waking up all those thoughts in the things that I read. And that's why I love reading."
For more information on Oisin see www.oisinmcgann.com
Sarah Webb: Author
"I could live without many things – tv, radio, daily newspapers – but I couldn’t live without books. I read every single day. I can’t go to sleep without reading at least a few pages.
I’ve been a big reader since I was about nine and books have played a vital role in my life. From The Cat in the Hat and Ballet Shoes, to Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret (Judy Blume) and the stories of Maeve Binchy, books have transported me all over the world and back again and have helped me understand what it means to be human.
Libraries have played an important part in my reading life and I visit them all the time. I adore my local library and today I signed my daughter (age 10) up for the Summer Reading Buzz. She’s all set to read ten books and get her special Buzz bracelet. What a great idea!"
For more information on Sarah see www.sarahwebb.info/
Tom McCaughran: Author
"When I was your age, reading took me into a whole new world, a world of make-believe where I met fantastic characters and joined them in exciting and wonderful adventures. It was a private world to which I could quickly transport myself; a magical world that I could think about when I returned to reality; a world I could go back to whenever I wished. It was a place that gave me endless enjoyment and many happy and lasting memories."
For more information on Tom see www.tommccaughren.net
Jean Flitcroft: Scientist and author
"As a reader myself I find books extraordinary – I meet people that don’t exist, travel to places I might never go to, explore ideas that haven’t occurred to me. Just how fun is that!"
For more information on Jean see www.jeanflitcroft.com
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