Books & Bookshops

Last updated 26/4/2017

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Dublin City Book Fair,

Tara Towers Hotel, Merrion Road, Dublin.4.

From: 11.00am – 5.00pm

For more information, or if you wish to exhibit at any of the book fairs, please contact:

Craobh Rua Books,


Tel: (048) 3752 6938


Eddie and Kay Murphy


Co. Dublin

Tel: (01) 458 9237





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18a French Church Street, Cork

Tel: (021) 480 6540

Open: Mon/Sat. 10.00am – 6.00pm and Sunday 2.00pm – 6.00pm

Stock: Charity shop with a good selection of secondhand books and music.


Vibes & Scribes,

21 Lavitt’s Quay, Cork

Tel: (021) 427 9535

Open: Mon/Sat. 10:00am – 6:30pm and Sunday/Bank Hols. 12:30pm – 6:00pm

Stock: New, Used and Bargain books.

Also purchases good quality secondhand books.





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Universal Books,

Church Lane, Letterkenny, Co.Donegal

Tel: (074) 916 1869

We sell NEW and gently USED books. We also BUY books – from you! Let us have a peek at any collections you might want to get rid of.

We hold a fantastic selection of rare Donegal and Irish books plus sections including Cooking, Crime, Fiction, Non-fiction, Children’s books and much more!

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday

10.00am – 6.00pm (approx.)


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Chapters Bookstore,

Ivy Exchange, Parnell Street, Dublin.1.

Tel: (01) 872 3297 or (01) 879 2700

Housed on two floors Chapters sells an extensive range of books, music and DVDs, both new and second hand, as well as thousands of bargain priced titles.Previously owned books, CDs and DVDs can be bought and sold in their second hand department, and they offer cash or store credit.

Open: Daily 9.30am until 6.30pm, late opening Thursday until 8.00pm, Sunday 12 Noon until 6.30pm.


The Winding Stair Bookshop,

40 Ormond Quay, Dublin.1.

Tel: (01) 872 7320

New and Second Hand books.

Opening Hours

Mon/Weds and Fri. from 10.00am – 6.00pm

Thursday & Saturday from 10.00am – 7.00pm

Sun. from 12 Noon – 6.00pm



23 Parliament Street, Dublin.2.

Tel: (01) 670 7022

Stock: Irish and general secondhand and antiquarian books.


Mon/Fri. 10.00am-6.00pm.

Sat. 10.30am-6.00pm.

Sun. 1.30-5.00pm.

Directions: Oxfam Shop


Temple Bar Book Market

Temple Bar Square, Dublin.2.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am – 6:00pm

A small but perfect haven for book-worms and music fans alike.

For a list of traders please visit :


Ulysses Rare Books,

10 Duke Street, (off Grafton Street), Dublin.2.

Tel: (01) 671 8676

A wealth of Rare Editions of Irish literature and history including works by Wilde, Joyce, Yeats etc. Rare maps and illustrated books.

Other services: Catalogues issued. Free book search. Single volumes to entire libraries purchased.

Open: Monday/Saturday 9.30am-5.45pm


The Secret Book & Record Store,

15a Wicklow Street, Dublin.2.

Tel: (01) 679 7272

We buy, sell and exchange books. Philosophy, Poetry, History, Music, Film, Irish interest, Literature, Psychology, Art, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Science ….also home to Freebird Records.


Mon – Weds from 11.00am – 6.30pm

Thurs from 11.00am – 7.30pm

Fri – Sun from 11.00am – 6.30pm


Stokes Books,

Market Arcade, South Great Georges Street, Dublin.2.

Tel: (01) 671 3584

Stokes Books and its proprietor, Stephen Stokes, are a Dublin institution and if it’s quality Irish books you’re after look no further. Rare editions on Irish history, transport, literature etc. line the shelves while outside shelves groan under the weight of vast numbers of bargain books all at rock bottom prices. Stephen is an avid book collector himself and if he doesn’t know the book you’re looking for – well it probably never existed!

Open: Monday/Saturday – 11.00am to 6.00pm

Further information click here: Stokes Books



202-204 Lower Rathmines Road,

Rathmines, Dublin.6.

Tel: (01) 496 4181

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Stock: Irish and general secondhand books, DVDs and music on vinyl + CD.

Open: Mon/Saturday from 9.30am – 6.00pm

Sundays from 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Directions: Oxfam Shop


First Editions,

7 Pembroke Lane, Dublin.4.

(off Waterloo Road)

Tel: (01) 667 5973 or (086) 602 7447

Opening hours

Wednesday – Saturday from 12 Noon to 6.00pm

Stock: Specialises in modern signed first editions plus Anglo-Irish literature, poetry and drama, together with an eclectic mix of international literature, poetry and history.


Carraig Books Ltd.,

73 Main Street, Blackrock, Co.Dublin

Tel: (01) 288 2575

Opening hours

Mon/Fri. 9:30am – 5:00pm (closed 1pm-2pm)

Saturday 10:00am – 3:30pm (closed 1pm-2pm)

Stock: Over 50,000 volumes. Irish books, catholic and general stock. Catalogues issued.


The Market Bookshop,

19a Main Street, Blackrock, Co.Dublin

(in the Blackrock Market)

Tel: (086) 395 0987

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Opening hours

Saturdays/Sundays and Bank Holidays from 11.00am – 5.30pm

Stock: About 2,000 books, Irish interest, arts, humanities, literature, rare and collectable. High turnover in stock with 100s of new titles arriving every week.

Books bought, from single volumes to entire libraries.


Raven Books,

34 Main Street, Blackrock, Co.Dublin

Tel: (01) 278 9509

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Raven Books is a small independent bookshop, offering a general mix of new and second hand books.  We will happily special order new titles; email us the book details, your name and a contact phone number, or call us to check availability. If there are any rare or out-of-print books that you would like us to look out for, email us your Wish List to

Open as follows:

Mon/Weds 10.00am – 6.00pm
Thurs 10.00am – 8.00pm
Fri/Sat 10.00am – 6.00pm
Sunday 12 Noon – 5.00pm


Naughton Booksellers,

8 Marine Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co.Dublin

Tel: (01) 280 4392

Naughton Booksellers have offered quality books and friendly service since 1978. The stock of 15,000 items is about 40% Irish interest, 60% general, and prices range from inexpensive paperbacks to antiquarian/limited/signed editions.

Open: Monday/Saturday from 10.00am – 5.00pm


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Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop,

The Cornstore, Middle Street, Galway City

Tel: (091) 561766

Located in the heart of Galway City, with a stock of over 100,000 new, bargain and secondhand books on subjects ranging from literary fiction to Irish interest to art and archaeology.

Open: Information to follow shortly – 2/1/2014


Kennys Bookshop & Art Galleries,

Liosbaun Retail Park, Tuam Road, Galway, Co.Galway

Tel: (091) 709350

Open: Mon/Sat. 9.00am-5.00pm

Stock: More than 50,000 titles spread over 700 square metres of retail space.


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Trinity Rare Books,

Bridge Street, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co.Leitrim

Tel: (071) 962 2144

More to follow. 5/1/2014


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Rare & Recent Books,

Main Street, Cong, Co.Mayo

Tel: (094) 954 6812

We have the largest selection of new, used, out of print and antiquarian books in County Mayo. Our stock ranges from rare first editions to the latest bestsellersbargain books to fine bindings.

Summer Opening Hours:

Six days a week (closed Tuesdays) 10.30am – 1.00pm and 2.00pm – 5.30pm



Website here:


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The Book Lady,

Shop Street, Carrick Road, Boyle, Co.Roscommon

Tel: (087) 126 5642

“Ireland’s Smallest Second Hand Book Shop”

Open: Mon-Weds from 12 Noon – 3.00pm and Thurs-Sat 12 Noon – 5.00pm


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John’s Bookshop,

9 Main Street, Athlone, Co.Westmeath

Tel: (090) 649 4151

Open: Tuesday – Saturday from 10.30am to 6.00pm

Operating since 1997. Specialising in Antiquarian & Secondhand books with an emphasis towards Irish Writers, Irish History, Local History, and Irish language books. Also stocks original documents, photographs, ephemera and a few select paintings.


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Zozimus Books,

The Book Cafe, 86 Main Street, Gorey

Tel: (086) 123 3137


Quality second-hand and antiquarian bookseller offering 30,000 titles at very competitive prices.

Open: Tuesday/Saturday from 10.00am – 5.30pm


Readers Paradise Bookshop,

19 Selskar Street, Wexford

Tel: (053) 91 24400

Open: Monday to Saturday from 9.30am – 6.00pm


A wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, covering many genres – new and second hand titles.


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The Townhall Bookshop,

23 Florence Road, Bray, Co.Wicklow

(01) 276 8574


4 responses

  1. Dublin City Book Fair. Longest running Book Fair in Dublin, with a selection of Rare, Unnusual, Esoteric, even Readable books on offer. Thousands of bargains, thousands of books, postcards, prints and ephemera. Friendly and well informed dealers, Many provide Free Valuations, Drop into the Tara Towers Hotel on the MERRION ROAD (Just past Vincent’s Hospital, coming from town)on Sunday 29th June. Open from 11am until 5pm. A Browsers Paradise!

    1. Thanks Eddie,

      I’ll be giving the Fair a plug on the Home Page during the week. Keep some of those esoteric books for me!!


  2. Thanks David. Appreciate the publicity.Let me know what esoteric area and may be able to help.
    Best Regards
    Eddie Murphy

  3. Thanks for all the info. Missed two shops in Dublin last week. Won’t miss them next time.

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