Brush up on your reading skills for Ireland Reads Day!

February 24, 2024

"I couldn’t read books to my own children, but now I can read them to my grandchildren." Bridie, Westmeath

Today the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) is proud to support Ireland Reads Day!

Ireland Reads is an initiative of the Government of Ireland to celebrate the joy of reading. It is funded by Healthy Ireland and supported by public libraries and many organisations that promote reading, literacy and the arts.

Throughout February and especially on Ireland Reads Day on 24 February, the campaign calls on people across Ireland to get lost in a good book. It doesn’t matter what you read, where you read or how well you read, as long as you read.

Because taking time to relax and do things you enjoy is important and reading is good for you. It relaxes your body by lowering your heart rate and easing the tension in your muscles. Studies have even shown that reading boosts your mental health by reducing stress by up to 68%.​

Visit the Ireland Reads website to find out more about the campaign and recommendations of books to suit you.

Want to brush up on your reading skills?

Finding the joy of reading is a gift to many adults who return to education.

Have you always wanted to read a book, but not sure where to start? We can help.

  • Freephone NALA on 1 800 20 20 65
  • Text LEARN to 50050
  • Visit our website page Free Courses to find out more about returning to education

You can learn in your local Education and Training Board, or Learn with NALA over the phone or online.

All services are free and confidential. NALA also has lots of free resources to help you brush up on your skills.


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