Today is World Book Day and so I have decided to take this opportunity to showcase some of the best independent Irish book stores around the country. There is a seriously impressive list of book sellers nationwide to choose from. However for the purposes of this article I have based my selection on great stores that are currently selling online. Over €4 billion was spent by Irish consumers on International online stores last year, so it is more important now than ever before that we support local businesses. Here are the top stores that caught my eye:
Antonia’s Bookstore is a beautiful bookshop based in Trim, Co. Meath offering a wide range of books, stationary and recreational products. To view their full range – VISIT WEBSITE
Books Upstairs is ‘Dublin’s oldest independent bookstore’ founded in May 1978 by Maurice Earls and Enda O’Doherty. To view their great online range – VISIT WEBSITE
Bookworm is based in Thurles, Co. Tipperary. The store was established in 1993 and stocks a broad range of books covering many genres, ages and reading tastes. To view their top of the range website – CLICK HERE
Bridge Street Books
Bridge Street Books is an independent, family run bookshop based in the heart of Wicklow Town. Opened in 1999, the store offers a good range of titles and genres. To check it out – VISIT WEBSITE
Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop
Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop is based in Galway and is somewhat of an institution for Galwegians. To view the fantastic range of books – VISIT WEBSITE
Dingle Bookshop is a beautiful bookshop based in Dingle, Co. Kerry. The online store features over 4000 titles. To view the range – VISIT WEBSITE
Gutter Bookshop opened their original store on Cow’s Lane in Temple Bar in 2009 and have since opened a second shop in Dalkey. To check out the full range – VISIT WEBSITE
Kenny’s is based in Co. Galway. Their online bookshop offers a huge selection of new, secondhand and rare books and is very user friendly. To view the full range – VISIT WEBSITE
Khans Books was founded in Kilkenny in 1994. Along with a range of best sellers and topical reads, they also stock the largest selection of early learning and dyslexic books in Ireland. To view the range – VISIT WEBSITE
Liber is an independent family run bookstore based in Sligo. The online store showcases their family story and offers a wide range of books, stationary and gifts. To view the range – VISIT WEBSITE
McLoughlins was founded in the heart of Westport, Co. Mayo in 1947. The online store is very impressive and offers a very decent range. To check it out – VISIT WEBSITE
Midland Books is based in Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Their online site offers a wide range of books and stationery. To view the full range – VISIT WEBSITE
O’Mahony’s Booksellers was established in 1902 and is somewhat of a Limerick icon. The business is headquartered in Limerick City but also has stores in Ennis, Tralee and the University of Limerick. For full range – VISIT WEBSITE
The Book Centre
The Book Centre has stores in Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny & Kildare (trading as Barker and Jones) along with a very impressive online store. To view their full range – VISIT WEBSITE
Vibes and Scribes
Vibes and Scribes includes a bookstore based on Bridge Street, Cork City and an art and crafts store based in Lavitts Quay. The award winning business has a very impressive, easy to use website. To view the full range – CLICK HERE
As tempting as it may be to click on the large international brand links at the top of our search engines, we need to try and make a conscious effort to support Irish book stores where we can.
Are there other great Irish independent book stores that I have left out or have you a great experience with one of these Irish businesses that you can share? I would love to hear from you so that we can all continue to support local together.
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- All photographs have been sourced from respective business websites/social media.
- At the date of writing I have no paid affiliation with any of the brands listed above.
- All information including pricing, availability etc is correct at the date of posting only.
- I make every effort to test any recommended products personally but this is not feasible in all instances so recommendations may be based on other customer reviews.
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