Friday, 16 December 2016

Recommended Independent Irish Bookshops Part 2

Getting close to Christmas, I hope you have books on your list. Here are some year round recommendations of lovely local independent bookshops to visit  and support. I haven't visited every bookshop in Ireland so these are just personal recommendations.
If you have a favourite bookshop I've missed, please let me know

Part 2 - Dublin and surrounding

Books Upstairs, D'Olier Street, Dublin
Long an institution near trinity, they moved round the corner to a lovely new premises. There is a cafe upstairs where there are frequent events and more treasures in the basement. The poetry section is wide and generous, including my own book and I've read there a couple of times. The people are full of time for talking about books.

Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin
Run by the inimitable Bob, the Gutter book shop wasn't long in becoming a Dublin institution. There's a lovely selection of Irishm British and international titles and an imaginative children's section. They are often to be found supplying books to the various literary festivals around Dublin but the poetry section is tiny.
They have regular readings and book group.
There's a branch in Dalkey too. Website

Alan Hanna's Bookshop, Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin
Another instititution, you can spend a lot of time persuing the selection of old and new. They serve tea and coffee too.


Dubray Books has a number of bookshops in and around Dublin stocking best sellers, literature, great non-fiction and more esoteric selections. They often have signed copies too.


Chapters Bookstore Parnell Street, Dublin is a large store with a wide selection, passionate, knowledgeable booksellers and second hand books upstairs.

Winding Stair Bookshop on the Quays, Dublin is a beautiful shop where you can take a cup of tea and read in the window. They've a great selection of new and classic books; the poetry section includes my book and it well worth a visit. There are readings from time to time, it's a small space but welcoming.
Last time I was in they had lovely cards and magazines.


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