The Best Bookshop in Ireland
We were absolutely thrilled to be names Irish Times Best Bookshop of the Year in 2013/14! We can’t thank our loyal, supportive, enthusiastic customers enough for nominating us.
The Irish Times Best Shops winners were announced on Saturday, September 7th after several months of consumer voting, and after fifty shops around the country were shortlisted for the award in a number of categories — including artisan food stores, bookshops, butchers, craft shops, cafés and tea rooms, boutique and vintage stores, and hairdressers and beauty salons — on Saturday, August 31. Galway was well represented in the Best Shops competition: another Galway bookshop was shortlisted for the award, as was the contemporary Irish design shop My Shop…Granny Likes It on Abbeygate Street. Charlie Byrne’s was in good company alongside the other shortlisted bookshops: the Clifden Bookshop, in Clifden, Co. Galway; An Siopa Leabhar on Harcourt Street in Dublin; and the Rathfarnham Book Shop in Rathfarnham, Dublin.
Readers praised the browse-ability of Charlie Byrne’s — “You can browse for hours without obligation,” says one — as well as the mix of new and secondhand stock, the variety of literary events held in the bookshop, and the knowledgeable staff “who are all book lovers,” says Charlie. Others loved the shop’s wide variety of subjects, from an extensive kids’ section, headed up by children’s book specialist Olivia Lally, to the well-stocked Irish-language section, which is expertly coordinated by Carmel McCarthy.
“In an era of dying bookshops and instant downloads this shop is an outstanding example of what can be achieved by being passionate and committed to its customers,” says customer Bernard McHale.