5 Galway bookshops to check out

Irish books and booksellers take centre stage this week, from 27 October to 3 November 2018, for the first national Irish Book Week.

The week-long celebration, which includes events across the country, was dreamed up to mark the “important role bookshops play in the fabric of Irish life – fostering cultural creativity, community spirit and generating economic activity”. In Galway, we have some mighty bookshops — take a look at a few of our favourites and be sure to show them some love this week!


Bell Book and Candle

Tucked away in Galway’s Westend, this independent bookshop is a rare treat of secondhand books, film and music. Even if you don’t find what you’re looking for, it’s hard to leave empty-handed: the collection inside the store is so widely varying, full of interesting bits and hidden treasures. Call in for a chat and a recommendation from the owner Paul , or spend an hour browsing the unique stock.

Sea Road, Galway’s Westend // more here 

Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop

Galway’s famous second-hand bookshop is a treasure trove for readers of all ages. Their stacks are filled with a huge range of secondhand titles, from Irish history to science fiction, self-help, craft, literary fiction and journals. They also have a large children’s section, vintage books, and a section dedicated to new releases and local interest. Their book clubs have been going strong for years and are a great way to meet new people and chat about some great reads!

The Cornstore, Middle Street, Galway // more here 


Moycullen Bookshop

This fun, friendly bookshop in Moycullen is a community hub for the arts, with something going for everyone. Along with books they also have fun retro toys, creativity packs and box-sets of books for children. The staff always go above and beyond to help you find what you’re looking for, and are always ready with a recommendation or a bit of banter.

12 Main Street, Moycullen // (091) 868 612

Kenny’s Bookshop

This family-owned Galway shop is stacked high with unique vintage, secondhand, antiquarian and rare book both in store and online, where they have over five million books on sale. They also stock bestsellers and a renowned collection of Irish interest books! There’s certainly something for everyone and their staff are always more than happy to help you find just what you’re looking for.

Liosban Retail Park, Tuam Road // (091) 709 350

Dubray Books

This Irish-owned book shop began in County Wicklow with a single shop. They now have eight locations across Ireland, including our beloved Galway location on bustling Shop Street. Inside Dubray books you’ll find a good range of everything you’re looking for, from contemporary new releases to poetry, travel books, and children’s reading. They always have the latest Irish releases available and usually have some good deals going, too!

4 Shop Street, Galway // (091) 569 070

For more on Irish Book Week 2018, follow this link here for more info or call into your local bookshop to find out what’s on!