Clare embarks on Summer Stars Reading Adventure

Clare embarks on Summer Stars Reading Adventure


World-famous storyteller Niall de Búrca

World-famous storyteller Niall de Búrca will visit Kilrush Library at 3.00 p.m. on Tuesday 4 July to launch the annual summer reading programme for children, Summer Stars.

Children interested in joining the summer programme at the library are being invited to attend the hour-long family event.

Hosted nationally by Libraries Ireland and locally by Clare County Library, the Summer Stars Reading Adventure runs in all libraries during the summer from July 3rd to the end of August and is available free of charge to children across the country. Children are invited to register for the annual programme that is statistically proven to help prevent the summer reading slide that occurs when schools close over the months of July and August.

All participants will be given a Summer Stars Reading Card to record and track their own progress to which a reward stamp will be added at the library after each book read. There will be gifts and incentives along the way with a special awards ceremony and Summer Stars certificate presentations for participating children at the end of Summer.

Children and families will also have access to fun reading activities on the Summer Stars website,  The site has lots of online activities as well as a range of animated ebooks. You will find children’s books discussion boards and interviews with well-known people about their favourite books. There are also helpful tips for reading and recommended titles by age group for children to source at their local library.

Further information is available from Clare County Library branches, on the library website and on

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.